Men and women cruise to wins

It was a night to remember for the menâÄôs and womenâÄôs swimming and diving teams. The Gophers hosted Big Ten opponent Iowa in the fan-packed University Aquatic Center on Friday night. With both menâÄôs and womenâÄôs out to a great start, it was virtually a lost battle for the Hawkeyes. Both the Minnesota men and women combined for 28 total events won , keeping both teams undefeated for the season. âÄúWe knew we were going to control the meet, but we also wanted to swim fast,âÄù menâÄôs senior co-captain Josh Griffey said. And that they did. A host of Gophers beat personal best times Friday. Freshmen Lissa Tommerdahl and Hannah Whitehead both won womenâÄôs individual events. âÄúEach week theyâÄôre improving and improving and last night was definitely a huge step forward for them,âÄù womenâÄôs head coach Terry Nieszner said. âÄúWeâÄôve been working on improving the little things and it helped a lot to have a meet at home. We were definitely in our comfort zone and it was fun to have a lot of fans at the meet too. I think that really helps pump us up,âÄù womenâÄôs senior Jenny Shaughnessy said. After some close races halfway through the match, Shaughnessy won the 200 backstroke to ignite the Gophers to a strong finish. But the backstroke isnâÄôt ShaughnessyâÄôs main event; itâÄôs more like her backup. This was a meet where both the menâÄôs and womenâÄôs teams could afford to experiment. âÄúThis meet kind of gave us a chance to mix things up a bit. Most of our meets we kind of swim the same meets over and over,âÄù Shaughnessy said. âÄúWe kind of let some of our people swim in events that arenâÄôt necessarily their strongest events just to kind of see where weâÄôre at this point in the season,âÄù Nieszner said. The menâÄôs team was quick to point out the accomplishments of sophomore Curt Carlson. âÄúHands down, Curt Carlson just did amazing. His 100 freestyle was something to brag about. I mean a [44.14] right now, will almost place top eight in Big Tens. To be able to do that right now, in the middle of the season, especially in a sprint event, is just phenomenal,âÄù senior co-captain Anthony Portela said.