Gophers take control of first days of Speedo championships

by Max Sanders

The USA Swimming Speedo Champions Series started Wednesday at the University Aquatic Center, and Minnesota swimmers are so far the talk of the meet.


Senior Alex Wold started off the Gophers domination by winning the 200 butterfly. His time of 2:00.19 was just .07 seconds off the school record.


Wold also finished second in the 100 freestyle, just .01 seconds off the winning time by fellow Minnesota swimmer, junior Steve Miller. The Gophers finished with the top four places in the 100 freestyle finals, with juniors Curt Carlson and Michael Richards rounding out the top four spots in third and fourth, respectively.

The men weren’t the only swimmers seeing success at the meet. Junior Jillian Tyler won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:30.79, which was nearly five seconds better than her first place qualifying time in the prelims of 2:35.38. Another junior, Molly Beck, overcame her second place finish in the 200 fly prelims to win the finals with a time of 2:15.69.


Two former Gophers also had strong results early in the meet. Mike Holmes, who just graduated from Minnesota, won the 800 freestyle by over 15 seconds with a time of 8:10.49. Gopher senior Nico Zebley finished in a distant second place with a time of 8:25.93.

Stacy Busack, another recent grad, won the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.20.


Minnesota swimmers have already won six events at the meet, which runs through Saturday at the Aquatic Center.