Women’s swimming and diving defeats Michigan in opener

by Charlie Armitz

The Gophers women’s swimming and diving team opened its season with a 200-150 win over Michigan on Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Minnesota took a 123-63 lead after winning eight events on Friday, which was enough to overcome a shaky performance on Saturday. The Gophers won 13 events in total.

“We came out [Friday] with a lot of energy, we were ready to race and we had some awesome performances,” head coach Terry Nieszner said in a release. “I think today the energy level was just a little bit down and that is a bit tough to come back from, but I think we did an outstanding job competing. We kept the energy level as high as we could and we had some outstanding performances once again.”

First-place finishers for Minnesota on Saturday included Margaret Keefer (3-meter diving), Tess Behrens (200-yard backstroke), Ashley Steenvoorden (500-yard freestyle) and Haley Spencer (200-yard breaststroke).

The Gophers’ 400-yard medley relay team of Behrens, Spencer, Becca Weiland, and Jessica Plant also took first place Saturday.