Minn. has chance to rebound

Austin Cumblad

The Minnesota men’s tennis team is hoping the state of Texas will be the destination that ends its early season skid.

The Gophers, who have lost six of seven duals to start the spring season – including four straight – play two matches in Texas this weekend.

Coach Geoff Young’s squad challenges TCU at 2 p.m. in Fort Worth on Saturday and concludes the weekend by facing SMU at 1 p.m. in Dallas on Sunday.

The Minnesota women’s tennis team has a bye in its schedule this week.

Zach Eisendrath

Men prepare for indoor championships
The Gophers men’s track team will have its final track meet before the Big Ten Indoor Championships, which start March 1.

The men will host the Snowshoe Open, which will be their first home meet since the Jack Johnson Minnesota Invite on Jan. 26.

 Last weekend the team had a successful showing at the Husky Classic, hosted by the University of Washington.

Sophomore distance runner Mike Torchia broke a school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:6.64.

The women will also be at the University Fieldhouse this weekend competing in the Parent’s Day Open.

It is also their final meet before the Big Ten Indoor championships, which will be hosted by the Gophers.

Trevor Born

Gopher women open in Puerto Rico
The Minnesota women’s golf team heads to Rio Mar this weekend to open up their spring season at the Puerto Rico Invitational.

The three-round tournament runs Feb. 24-26 at the Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.

Minnesota will be fielding a very young team, with the only upperclassman slated to compete being junior Paige Broman, a transfer from St. Olaf College in her first year with the program.

She will play alongside three freshmen and sophomore Christine Herzog, the only golfer playing in the tournament that has been with the Gophers for more than this year.

“Puerto Rico is one of those events where you’re competing against the best teams in the country,” director of golf Brad James said. “We’ll see where we stand nationally straightaway.”

Austin Cumblad

Women in second place after first day
The Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team got off to a good start Thursday night.

The Gophers finished the day in second place with 177.5 points, just behind first place Michigan who took away 182 points in the first day of competition.

Minnesota’s opening day of the championships featured a meet record and automatic NCAA championship qualifying time of 3:34.16 in the 400 medley thanks to the efforts of Raxane Akradi, Jillian Tyler, Megan Braun and Stacy Busack.

Minnesota will attempt to pick up where they left off tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. Tomorrow’s session includes the 400 individual medley, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter diving.

Paul J. Cordes