Men’s swimmers dominate in Georgia

The seventh-ranked Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team dominated the Georgia Invitational in Athens, winning the meet on the strength of several strong performances.

Four of the Gophers relay teams won, with a fifth taking second place.

Sophomore All-American Justin Mortimer continued his solid season by winning the 500 and 1,650-yard freestyle events.

Junior Jeff Hackler won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races, while Todd Smolinski claimed the 100-yard backstroke crown.

Senior Ben Bartell took first in the 200-yard backstroke and Allen Ong won the 100-yard freestyle to help Minnesota runaway with the meet.

Women swim to sixth

With a total of 411 points, Minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team placed sixth at the Georgia Invitational.

Junior Keri Hehn swam a NCAA qualifying time of 2:15.85, a season best, to place third in the 200 breaststroke. Hehn’s time is the third fastest time in school history. Sophomore Megan Moore placed sixth the in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA qualifying time of 2:01.68, the sixth fastest time in school history.

Sophomore Juleen Rodakowski finished fifth in the 200 butterfly with a season best and NCAA qualifying time of 2:00.83. Junior Dana Baum qualified for nationals in the 1,650 freestyle with a season best time of 16:47.83. Baum nationally qualified for three individual events and one relay this weekend.

The Gophers have two months off before returning to action on January 26 against Iowa.