Minnesota swim teams split in season opener

The Gophers faced off against the rival Badgers and split the first home meet of the season.

Junior Daryl Turner charges ahead, dominating the 100 freestyle at the Aquatic Center on Oct. 24, 2014, against North Dakota. Turner took first place and finished with a time of 44.75.

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Junior Daryl Turner charges ahead, dominating the 100 freestyle at the Aquatic Center on Oct. 24, 2014, against North Dakota. Turner took first place and finished with a time of 44.75.

Alyssa Hodenfield

The University of Minnesota men’s and women’s swim and dive teams held their season opener against Wisconsin Thursday afternoon.

The men’s team defeated Wisconsin 185-115, but the women fells short with a close 158-142 loss.

Senior Daryl Turner was a huge asset to Minnesota’s men’s team Thursday afternoon and won both the 100-yard backstroke by almost three seconds (48.21), and 100-yard butterfly (46.85). Turner also served as anchor for the 400-yard freestyle relay, and finished strong to lock in the win for the relay team.

Minnesota also dominated in diving and secured the top spots in 1-meter and 3-meter for both teams. Senior divers Yu Zhou and Matt Barnard were key scorers for the team.

Both teams will take the week off to prepare for home meets against Iowa on October 28 and 29.