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Both men’s and women’s swim and dive win Minnesota Invitational

Sophomore Tuomos Pokkinen swims the 200 yard butterfly race during the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center.

Erik Nelson

December 4, 2017

Late in the men's 400-yard freestyle relay on Saturday night, the Minnesota bench loudly cheered on Tuomas Pokkinen to finish first as he was closing in on the final stretch. The sophomore got first place to complete the 'A' relay team's win.  "I told my teammates to get me a good lead because i...

Brooke Zeiger thrives in individual medley

Gophers sophomore Brooke Zeiger competes in the women's 400 individual medley finals in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Dec. 5, 2015.

Erik Nelson

November 30, 2017

Senior Brooke Zeiger grew up swimming at country club and YMCA pools.  "I enjoy it because it's very competitive. It's very difficult," Zeiger said. "I enjoy the challenge that it provides every single day." For the senior, her competitive practice paid off at the Division I level, especially in me...

Conner McHugh strives to be ‘best breaststroker that’s ever come to this school’

Erik Nelson

November 16, 2017

Growing up in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 45 minutes from Green Bay, senior Conner McHugh was surrounded by water. Lake Michigan was nearby, and his parents wanted him to be safe around it. Both of his parents swam in college, and eventually McHugh fell in love with the sport. He started to swim competiti...

Gophers win one event at Minnesota Diving Invite

Erik Nelson

November 13, 2017

There weren't any swimmers racing over the weekend, but that didn't mean there wasn't competition for Minnesota. The team hosted the Minnesota Diving Invite Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Divers from various universities participated, and most represented Big Ten programs. Minnesota junior Morgan Ju...

‘Blue-collar’ Mackenzie Padington excels in first year

Erik Nelson

November 9, 2017

The environment around the University of Minnesota, from the fall foliage to the Mississippi River, reminds freshman Mackenzie Padington of home. Padington is from Campbell River, British Columbia, a Canadian city about four hours northwest of Vancouver. She said life in the U.S. isn't that different...

As teams salute seniors, Gophers win against two of three opponents

Sophomore Danielle Nack competes in the Women's 100 Yard Backstroke during the 2016 Minnesota Challenge at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

Erik Nelson

November 6, 2017

Six Minnesota seniors, four women and two men, walked poolside on Friday night with roses in their hands and family members at their sides. It was Minnesota's senior night at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, kicking off two days of competition against Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin. Sophomore Lindsey K...

After swimming and living around the world, Tuomas Pokkinen excels with Gophers

Erik Nelson

November 2, 2017

Some college students choose the college or university they want to attend well in advance. This wasn't the case for sophomore Tuomas Pokkinen. Pokkinen, who is from Espoo, Finland, never traveled to the United States to visit colleges. He said he used Google for most of his research on the Universit...

Women’s swim and dive defeats Iowa 190-109; men lose 162-138

Sophomore Danielle Nack competes in the Women's 100 Yard Backstroke during the 2016 Minnesota Challenge at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

Erik Nelson

October 30, 2017

Head coach Kelly Kremer's women's team put together some outstanding performances in a 190-109 win against Iowa on Friday night. Minnesota (2-0, 1-0) won all 16 events in Iowa City, Iowa, and has not lost to Iowa in over a decade. "[The] top-tier swimmers and divers [are] getting the job done," Kreme...

Gophers swimming looks to continue dominant streak against Hawkeyes

Erik Nelson

October 26, 2017

Head coach Kelly Kremer's men's and women's swim and dive teams will come prepared for a Big Ten rival Friday. Minnesota's next meet is against Iowa at 5 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa. It's been more than six years since either the Minnesota men's or women's swim team has lost a meet to Iowa. The men's tea...

Women’s team wins opener; men’s team loses

Junior Connor McHugh swimming the men's 200 meter breaststroke at the Gophers' first meet of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Oct 13. 2016.

Erik Nelson

October 9, 2017

The women's team traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to open their season. So far, so good. The Gophers won ten of the meet's 14 events and earned its first win of the 2017-18 season. Junior Zoe Avestruz finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, completing the race in 23.08. She also finished first in the 100...