Swimming kicks off season with intrasquad meet

Brian Stensaas

The unofficial beginning to the 1999-00 men’s and women’s swimming and diving season took place Saturday at the Aquatic Center.
The two teams divided amongst themselves into “Maroon” and “Gold” teams for an intrasquad scrimmage.
While the meet was of the co-ed variety, it is the 13th-ranked women’s team that has the most gearing up to do. They head to Pullman, Wash. on Saturday for a matchup with Washington State and Florida State.
On Saturday, the Maroon team edged the Gold 148-144 before a sparse crowd.
Four members of the defending Big Ten champions were double winners on the day. Swimming for the Maroon team, Jinny Smedstad captured both the 200-meter freestyle and 200-backstroke events. She won the freestyle in a time of 1:51.78 and the backstroke in 2:07.69.
Also for the Maroon team, Terri Jashinsky won the 1000-freestyle and the 100-butterfly.
For the Gold, Jenny Hennen took the 200-butterfly with a 2:05.83 time and the 500-freestyle in 5:12.02. Rachel Degener won both diving events for the Gold team. She captured the 1-meter event with 278.95 points and the 3-meter with 289.70.
On the men’s side, Keam Ang won three events to lead the Maroon team. Ang won the 100-butterfly in 50.00, the 200-butterfly in 1:50.32 and the 200-Individual Medley with a time of 1:56.08.
Also for the Maroon team, Max Von Bodungen won the 200- and 500- freestyle events, Alex Massura won the 100- and 200-backstroke events and Dan Croaston walked away with both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions.
Jeff Hackler won both the 100- and 200-breaststroke events for the Gold Team.

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