Seven-point series makes Vanek WCHA rookie of the week

by The Minnesota Daily

Freshman Thomas Vanek was named WCHA rookie of the week after collecting a hat trick and seven points in a weekend sweep of Alabama-Huntsville.

In Friday’s 12-1 win over the Chargers, Vanek was one of three Gophers to record a hat trick. He also had three assists for a six-point night, the best effort by a Gophers freshman since Dave Snuggerud had four goals and two assists in a 9-1 win over U.S. International on Dec. 16, 1985.

Men’s golf

junior Justin Smith and senior Matt Anderson tied for first place with scores of 4-under-par 211 Sunday at the Landfall Tradition. After facing host UNC Wilmington in a playoff, Minnesota took the team title at 863 (-1) for their first team victory in the 2002-03 season.

Smith led the Gophers with their lowest round of the tournament at 4-under-par 68 for his second career individual victory. Anderson shot his second consecutive round of 70 (-2) to clinch his first individual collegiate title.

The 11th-ranked Gophers will conclude their fall schedule Nov. 8-10 at the Hooters NCAA Match Play in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Women’s swimming

minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team broke three meet records on its way to a 157-140 dual win over Florida Atlantic.

Melissa Schold broke her old 100-yard breaststroke record of 1:07.47 in 1:06.84.

Keri Hehn finished first in the 200 breast and beat the meet record in 2:17.91.

Juleen Rodakowski just beat the meet record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.36. The old record was held by former Gopher Katy Chirstoferson in 2000 at 57.76.

Including the three record breakers, the Gophers went on to finish first in seven events. Dana Baum won the 200-yard and 500 freestyle.

Katy Coombe won the 100 freestyle in 53.19.

Kim Bahmer won the 3-meter diving competiton with 183.35.

The Gophers host North Dakota on Nov. 9.

Men’s swimming

minnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team won 18 of 20 events against North Carolina and Harvard in Chapel Hill, N.C. The 8th-ranked Gophers competed against North Carolina, winning 257-110, and Harvard, who was competing as a scrimmage.

In a weekend full of top performances, Justin Mortimer led the way with three individual wins (1000- and 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley) and led off the winning 800-yard freestyle relay.

Terry Silkaitis (100- and 200-yard freestyle), Todd Slominski (100- and 200-yard backstroke) and Jeff Hackler (100- and 200-yard breaststroke) each won two individual races.

Silkaitis also took part in four of Minnesota’s five winning relays.

Paulson hired

kristine Paulson was hired as Minnesota’s assistant women’s golf coach. Paulson comes from the University of St. Thomas where she was three- year all-conference performer for the Tommies. She was also team captain her junior and senior years.

Paulson’s brother, Ryan, is a sophomore on the Gopher men’s golf team.