Minnesota women finish 10th at NCAA Swim and Dive Championship

The Gophers’ finish was the second-best in school history.

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum competes in womens 3-meter dive at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Courtney Deutz

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum competes in women’s 3-meter dive at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

by Jack White

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum ended her collegiate career on a high note
last weekend.

Tenenbaum — who finished in 34th place on the 3-meter board last
season — came in fourth this time and won College Swimming Coaches Association
Diver of the Year as Minnesota came in 10th overall.

“I don’t think we could have done much better,” said head coach
Kelly Kremer. “I’m as happy as I can be as a coach with how our
student-athletes compete and how they handled themselves.”

Tenenbaum also took home eighth place in the platform. The senior
said one of her biggest improvements was learning how to compete.

“I’ve always been consistent in practice, but in the competition,
I really didn’t know how to handle the nerves,” Tenenbaum said. “This year,
I’ve been doing that a lot better.”

Senior Yu Zhou, who was named Big Ten Diver of the Year, finished
in first place in the 3-meter dive on Friday. She also earned All-American honors.

Assistant coach Wenbo Chen was named Diving Coach of the Year.

Junior Danielle Nack finished in 17th place in the 200 Butterfly with
a 1:55.67, which is a program record. Senior Kierra Smith shined on Saturday and tallied the
second-fastest time in NCAA history for the 200-yard breaststroke, in which she
placed second.

Several Gophers underclassmen rose to the occasion in relays
during the championships.

Freshman Tevyn Waddell, sophomores Zoe Avestruz and Chantal Nack,
along with Danielle Nack, earned a top-20 finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Lindsey Horejsi, a freshman, set a new record and personal best
for the 100-meter breaststroke at 58.03.

The team won 14 All-America honors total, which were heavily led by underclassmen.“I think it’s really important for [the younger competitors] to
really look at what the upper echelon of swimming is doing,” Kremer said. “It’s
just a matter of continuing to progress and trying to close that gap.”