Gophers continue to dominate in second day of Speedo championships

by Max Sanders

After a first day total of six individual event wins, Minnesota looked to continue its dominance of the USA Swimming Speedo Champions series in the second day of competition.


Alex Wold, who won the 200 meter butterfly in the meet’s first day, continued Thursday with a first place finish in the 200 freestyle. After breaking the meet record during preliminaries, Wold’s finals time of 1:50.71 outlasted second-place finisher and Minnesota junior Kevin Baseheart by nearly two seconds.


In the next event, Wold competed in the 400 individual medley where his finishing time of 4:23.29 was more than five seconds ahead of second place.


The Minnesota men finished Thursday’s action competing in the 400 freestyle relay. Alex Wold was fittingly a part of the team which set a meet record with a time of 3:22.13. Joining Wold on the squad were Michael Richards, Curt Carlson and Steve Miller.


The Gopher women also saw success on the second day, taking home one individual and one relay top finish.


Led by sophomore Marissa Davies, Minnesota dominated the 200 freestyle event. Davies winning time of 2:01.93 was exactly three seconds better than her preliminary time, and good for a new meet record. Recent graduate Stacy Busack finished in second, just .04 seconds off the winning mark. Minnesota swimmers placed first, second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eigth in the event.


Davies helped Minnesota earn a relay victory in the women’s final event of the day. Davies, Busack, Megan Braun and Meagan Radecke combined to finish the 400 freestyle relay in a meet record 3:47.44, easily besting second place finisher AquaJets swim team, who finished nearly six seconds behind, with a time of 3:53.24.


After two days of competition, Minnesota has won nine individual events and two relays. The Speedo Series continues today and tomorrow at the Aquatic Center.