For many years, the Minnesota women’s swimming team had one problem with winning the Big Ten; Michigan.
The Gophers finally bested the 12-time champion Wolverines at the Big Ten meet in 1999, and kept the pressure on last year with a second-straight conference title.
But Minnesota is facing a new dilemma as the team bid adieu to nine seniors critical to the success of the squad.
This season will hinge on whether or not success in the pool translated into success recruiting impact athletes.
The Gophers will need immediate dividends paid by their young swimmers if they hope to stay among the leaders in the Big Ten.