Women finish 10th at NCAA swimming and diving championships

Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers women's swimming and diving team completed one of its best seasons ever Saturday, finishing 10th at the NCAA championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The Gophers finished in the top-10 at the championships for just the third time in program history, capping a season in which they went undefeated in dual meets and won their second straight Big Ten title. 

Georgia won its fifth NCAA championship, accruing 477 team points.  Two-time defending champion California (393 points), Tennessee (325.5), Texas A&M (323.5) and Arizona (311) rounded out the top five.    

The Gophers (141 points) had the highest finish of any Big Ten team, followed by No. 11 Indiana (115 points), No. 15 Wisconsin (65) and No. 19 Purdue (44).  

Senior Haley Spencer capped her Minnesota career with an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke.  Junior diver Maggie Keefer finished second in 1-meter diving and sixth in 3-meter diving.

While no other Minnesota swimmer or diver cracked the top five in an event, many made modest contributions.

Sophomore Kiera Janzen took 15th in the 500 freestyle and 11th in the 1,650 freestyle, despite battling illness throughout the weekend.  Sophomore Becca Weiland finished 12th in the 100 butterfly, and junior Sarah McCrady took 16th in platform diving.

The Gophers were also relatively successful in their relays.  Minnesota's 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams took 13th, eighth and ninth, respectively, and its 200 and 400 medlay relay teams took 11th and 10th, respectively.