Minnesota ends regular season with victories against Northwestern and Purdue

Senior Danielle Nack concluded her regular-season career with wins in two butterfly events.

Bowen Becker dives off the blocks at the start of the mens 400 yard freestyle relay at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Jack Rodgers

Bowen Becker dives off the blocks at the start of the men’s 400 yard freestyle relay at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Erik Nelson

Danielle Nack impressed in her last regular-season meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. 

Nack won the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay during Minnesota’s meet against Purdue and Northwestern on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, she finished the 100-yard freestyle in 52.69 seconds, which was a personal best.

“That’s a huge confidence booster, knowing that I still have one of the best times in the Big Ten right now is super exciting,” Nack said. “[I’m] motivated and excited to get to Ohio [for the Big Ten Championships].”

Both the men’s and women’s teams defeated Northwestern and Purdue. The women’s team defeated Northwestern (6-5, 3-3 Big Ten) 283-70 and Purdue (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) 212-141. 

Sophomore Lindsey Kozelsky finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday. Kozelsky finished the race in 2:11.86. Senior Brooke Zeiger won the 400-yard individual medley, finishing the race in 4:22.53.

Head coach Kelly Kremer said Minnesota’s performance met his expectations.

“It was the type of meet that we wanted to have to finish out our regular season,” Kremer said. “I’m pleased with the results.”

The men’s team defeated Northwestern 258-93 and Purdue 192-160. Junior Bowen Becker won the 50-yard freestyle on Friday in 19.64 seconds. He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 43.18 seconds.

Kremer said he was impressed with Becker’s performance this weekend.

“[Becker] was outstanding,” Kremer said. “He responded as well as anyone could have the entire weekend.”

Freshman Tim Sates won the 200-yard freestyle on Friday in 1:38.60. Sophomore Tuomas Pokkinen won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.92.

Sates said his team’s performance is an indicator of how far it can go in the postseason.

“It’s good for the confidence knowing that we [are] all going to go faster,” Sates said.

Minnesota will now have a few weeks to rest and prepare for the Big Ten Championships. The women’s championships will be in Columbus, Ohio, which starts on Feb. 14. The men’s championships will be held at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center with a start date of Feb. 21.