Dale named assistant coach for World University Games

by The Minnesota Daily

Minnesota men’s swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale was recently selected to the U.S. coaching staff for the 2003 World University Games.

The World University Games will be held in South Korea on August 11-27.

Dale is in his 18th year as the Gophers head coach. He guided Minnesota to its first Big Ten Championship in 70 years in 1996 and won the title again in 1998, 2001 and 2002.

Dale, a five time Big Ten Coach of the Year honoree, led the Gophers to a top 15 NCAA national finish for 11 consecutive seasons and in the top 10 the past three years. Under Dale’s tutelage, the Gophers have posted a 130-25 overall record, including a 74-7 mark over the past 10 seasons.

Also representing the Gophers men’s swim team for the United States at the World University Games is Jeff Hackler. He will compete in the 200 breaststroke.

ï Diver Ben Herdt was named the Big Ten diver of the week for his performance last weekend at the Georgia Invitational.

Herdt took first place in the 1-meter diving competition, beating 13 competitors in the event. Herdt also finished third in the platform competition and fifth in the 3-meter, earning 50 of the diving team’s 130-point total.

Lewis honored

minnesota senior wrestler Ryan Lewis was named the Big Ten wrestler of the week following his outstanding performance last week at the 2002 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Lewis captured the 133-pound title at the 46-team tournament in dominating fashion. The third-ranked and top-seeded Gopher went 5-0 at the event and defeated No. 4 Kevin Black of Wisconsin, the second seed, 5-2 in the championship bout.

For the tournament, Lewis tallied two falls, including a pin over No. 4 seed Brandon Lauer of West Virginia.

This is Lewis’ fourth Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor of his career and first of the 2002-03 season.

Softball signs recruits

minnesota softball team has announced the names of five recruits who will join the Gophers in the 2003-04 season.

Megan Higginbotham, Rene Konderik, Jessica Kontz and Tonya Mitchell have all signed National Letters of Intent, while Katie Meyer has been accepted to the University and intends to walk on to the Gopher softball team.