Minnesota writes new chapters in the record books with big victories

The Gophers could not have been hotter as they abolished all competition in Ohio.

Minnesota’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued to clobber the competition as both squads came out on top at the Ohio State Invitational.

The women’s team took a liking to breaking things this weekend as they broke a number of school records.

The Gophers won the meet with a score of 1,296. Ohio State finished second with a score of 691.5

A total of eight swimmers qualified for the NCAA field this past weekend along with the school records falling.

“For a midseason meet it was awesome,” co-head coach Kelly Kremer said.

Freshman Jillian Tyler continued her strong first year by breaking a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Tyler finished the event in 59.82 and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA finals.

Former Gophers swimmer Gretchen Hegener held the previous record of 1:00.32 that stood for 10 years and won her the NCAA crown in 1997.

Tyler also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1 minute and 58.97 seconds, one one hundredth shy of the previous school record set by junior Jenny Shaughnessy.

Shaughnessy also qualified as a NCAA participant for the 200 freestyle event as she posted a pool record time of 1:46.77.

Junior Yuen Kobayashi also qualified for the NCAA finals when she turned in a time of 4:41.09 in the 500 freestyle event.

Kobayashi set a career best in the event and a pool record.

On the final day of competition Kobayashi improved upon her own personal best in the 1,650 freestyle.

Kobayashi bested her previous time by 12 seconds when she finished the event in 16:06.36.

“This group has the ability to break every single record on the books,” Kremer said.

The men finished in front of the Buckeyes with a score of 1168.5 while Ohio State had a score of 1074.

The Gophers won nearly every event on Sunday. Junior Mike Holmes won the 1,650 freestyle, senior David Plummer won the 200 backstroke, junior Jon Roberts won the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Alex Wold won the 200 butterfly and Minnesota finished first in the 400 freestyle relay.