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Minnesota heads to NCAA tourney after successful regular season

May 7, 2015

After missing the NCAA tournament last year, the Gophers are looking to regain ground in the national postseason tournament.   Minnesota will face Princeton in the first round on Friday in...

Hamburg prepares to wrap up successful tennis career at Minnesota

April 30, 2015

As a kid, Jack Hamburg used hit to tennis balls back and forth with his mother at the local tennis club in Rapid City, S.D.    Even though he played often, he wasn’t completely sold on...

Freshman Matic Spec returns a shot at the Baseline Tennis Center on April 19.

Men fall in semis, women in quarters

April 27, 2015

After earning a share of the Big Ten regular season title for the first time since 1995, the Gophers headed into the conference tournament on a high note.   However, the team was stopped short in...

Freshman Felix Corwin returns a shot at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Gophers ready to compete at Big Ten championships

April 23, 2015

Since Minnesota claimed a share of the Big Ten regular-season title last weekend, the team’s expectations are at an all-time high.   The No. 23 Gophers will travel to Urbana, Ill., for the Big...

Freshmen duo gel on the court

April 21, 2015

Before playing a single point at the collegiate level, two future Gophers brought their talents together at a USTA national tournament last year.   Playing together last year helped freshmen Caroline...

Freshman Matic Spec returns a shot at Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Gophers clinch share of Big Ten regular-season title

April 20, 2015

The Gophers haven’t won the Big Ten regular season title since 1995.   But with two upset victories against third-ranked Illinois and No. 27 Northwestern this weekend, No. 33 Minnesota clinched...

Freshman Felix Corwin volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on March 6 against Washington.

Gophers open up weekend with tough opponents

April 16, 2015

The Gophers saved one of their most challenging weekends of the regular season for last.   No. 33 Minnesota is set to face third-ranked Illinois and Northwestern, two teams right next to the Gophers...

Senior Leandro Toledo volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on March 27 against Purdue.

Minnesota picks up two Big Ten victories

April 13, 2015

After defeating Michigan and Michigan State on the road, No. 32 Minnesota improved to 8-1 in conference play over the weekend.   The team has also won seven of its last eight Big Ten matches.   “We...

Lambert hopes to finish well

April 9, 2015

From seventh grade varsity tennis to being one of MinnesotaâÄôs best singles players, Aria Lambert has excelled in every level of competition sheâÄôs played. In her four years at Minnesota,...

Minnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory against Tulsa at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Seniors bond as doubles partners

April 8, 2015

Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg were randomly paired together for doubles during their sophomore year. âÄúWe won both matches, and weâÄôve been playing [together] ever since,âÄù...

Junior Paula Rincon-Otero hits the ball on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota nabs two home victories

April 6, 2015

After a five-match road trip, the Gophers finally came back to the friendly confines of the Baseline Tennis Center this weekend for a pair of matchups against Big Ten opponents.   No. 59 Minnesota...

Gophers go head-to-head with one of Big Ten’s best

April 2, 2015

The Gophers will look to extend their time atop the Big Ten this weekend against two conference opponents while on the road.   No. 29 Minnesota is tied with Illinois for first in the conference standings...

Senior CJ Smith swims at the University Aquatic Center against Wisconsin on Oct. 17, 2014.

Barnard finishes third, but Gophers take 25th as a team

March 30, 2015

With just a few events remaining in the NCAA championships Saturday, the Gophers found themselves near the bottom of the standings. Then Matt Barnard shot them up 11 places.  The sophomore’s...

Freshman Matic Spec returns a volley at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday against Purdue.

Gophers continue home-court success

March 30, 2015

The Gophers men’s tennis team has struggled on the road this season, compiling a 2-4 record. But it has had no trouble at home, and this weekend was no exception. With victories against Purdue and...

Freshman Matic Spec volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on March 6 against Washington.

Gophers look to stay undefeated at home courts

March 26, 2015

The Gophers haven’t lost a single meet at home this season, jumping out to an 8-0 start at the Baseline Tennis Center. They’ll attempt to continue that streak starting Friday when they host...

Six Gophers continue on to NCAA championships

March 26, 2015

The Gophers are looking toward the NCAA championships this weekend, but this year, they’ll bring a smaller core with them. Minnesota qualified two men’s swimmers and four divers for the meet,...

Smith, Zhou help Minnesota place 12th at NCAAs

March 23, 2015

Even after posting the ninth-fastest performance in NCAA history in the 200-yard breaststroke during the preliminaries on Saturday, junior Kierra Smith didn’t stop there. With a time of 2:04.56 in...

Gophers finish eighth at championships

March 23, 2015

After placing third in the Big Ten tournament and entering the NCAA championships as the fourth-ranked team in the nation, the Gophers’ expectations were high. They were following a three-year run...

Eight Gophers divers qualify for NCAA championships from Zones

March 12, 2015

Minnesota sent three divers to the NCAA championships last season. This year, eight Gophers qualified at the NCAA Zones, a three-day event that wrapped up on Wednesday. A rule change effective this season...

Senior Tereza Brichacova plays against Drake on Friday, Feb. 20 at Baseline Tennis Center.

Gophers, Badgers set for matchup

March 12, 2015

Heading into the Gophers’ border battle with Wisconsin, Tereza Brichacova has one wish. “I just want to kick their butt,” the senior said. The Gophers will have a chance to do so when...

Storley paves his legacy at Minnesota

March 11, 2015

Freshmen who come to Minnesota rarely ever compete as a true freshman, let alone have a starting spot immediately after their arrival. But Logan Storley wanted the chance to wrestle for the team as soon...

Senior Dylan Ness wrestles during his match in the Williams Arena on Jan. 30 against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Minnesota finishes Big Tens in third

March 9, 2015

The Gophers left the Big Ten championships on Sunday with a third-place finish and a senior earning a title — strikingly similar results to last year’s championship. Only this time the Gophers...

Junior Manny Pollard dives at the Aquatic Center on Dec. 5, 2014.

Divers prepare for NCAA zones

March 9, 2015

The Gophers swimmers wrapped up the Big Ten championships two weeks ago with a few earning NCAA bids. Now, the divers will attempt to do the same thing. The Gophers will compete this week at the NCAA Zone...

Minnesota heads to Big Tens

March 5, 2015

The Gophers know regular season success doesn’t necessarily guarantee postseason success. Despite that, they’ll try building off a successful regular season as they head to Columbus, Ohio,...

Toledo, Corwin bond as doubles partners

March 5, 2015

It didn’t take long for a partnership to form between Gophers tennis players senior Leandro Toledo and freshman Felix Corwin. The two have been playing No. 2 doubles together this spring season,...

CJ Smith will compete in his fourth consecutive NCAA championships later this month.

CJ Smith looking to fulfill big dreams

March 4, 2015

It takes a lot of commitment to become an All-American at the Division I level. For senior CJ Smith, his desire to be the best started before he even stepped on campus. As a high school swimmer, Smith...

Minnesota swimmer CJ Smith swims at the University Aquatic Center against Wisconsin on Oct. 17, 2014.

Minnesota finishes sixth at Big Tens

March 2, 2015

Minnesota’s 26-year streak of finishing in the Big Ten’s top four is over. The Gophers finished sixth in the Big Ten championships on Sunday with 359 total team points. Head coach Kelly Kremer...

Minnesota's Leandro Toledo returns a volley from his Marquette opponent at the Baseline Tennis Center on Jan. 31, 2014.

Gophers split in North Carolina

March 2, 2015

The Gophers knew heading to Chapel Hill, N.C., that their matches wouldn’t be easy. And they weren’t. No. 19 North Carolina dropped the Gophers 4-1, but they bounced back to beat Citadel 7-0. Against...

Gophers face stiff test

February 26, 2015

After facing two top-25 teams last weekend, the Gophers will face an even bigger challenge this weekend. For the second time this season, Minnesota will face a top-20 opponent when it travels to Chapel...

Minnesota's Kierra Smith swims the 100-yard butterfly against Iowa State on Oct. 12, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center.

Gophers head to Big Ten championships in Iowa

February 25, 2015

The Gophers are hoping to show improvement from their fourth-place finish last season. And their chance to beat last year’s ending performance will come this week at the 2015 Big Ten championships...

Minnesota's Kierra Smith swims the 100-yard butterfly against Iowa State on Oct. 12, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center.

Minnesota achieves Big Ten four-peat

February 23, 2015

Heading into this weekend, no women’s team in program history had ever won four consecutive conference titles. But Saturday, the women’s swimming team completed that task at the McCorkle Aquatic...

Senior Logan Storley wrestles against Illinois at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 18.

Gophers fall in NWCA quarterfinals

February 23, 2015

It was supposed to be a run for a fourth-consecutive NWCA title. But the No. 4 Gophers fell to No. 5 Cornell in the quarterfinal match. The 19-17 loss came after Minnesota won 11 consecutive matches at...

True freshman Lizak steps up

February 19, 2015

Injuries and weight management issues gave a freshman wrestler an opportunity to compete at the varsity level. Ethan Lizak, the Gophers’ 125-pounder, was thrust into competing against top-ranked...

Weber’s path takes him across world

February 19, 2015

Athleticism is in his genes. But instead of becoming a heptathlete like his father once was, Ruben Weber picked up tennis. Weber, a native of Alzey, Germany, has carried his success to the U.S. after being...

Minnesota looks for fourth consecutive conference title

February 18, 2015

No Gophers women’s athletic program has won four consecutive Big Ten titles. For the Gophers swimming team, this might be the year to achieve that accomplishment. Minnesota will compete in the Big...

Redshirt senior Dylan Ness wrestles during his match in the Williams Arena on Friday, Jan. 30 against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gophers advance to quarterfinals in NWCA national duals

February 16, 2015

Another year, another spot in the quarterfinals. The Gophers officially advanced to the next round of the NWCA national duals, defeating No. 23 North Dakota State with a score of 26-9. Minnesota will look...

Minnesota splits weekend

February 16, 2015

Getting the doubles point can make a difference between winning and losing a meet. Minnesota experienced that this weekend when the team was unable to capitalize in its second meet against Marshall. When...

Spec experiences early success

February 12, 2015

A summer spent with his grandfather opened up a world of opportunity for Gophers freshman standout Matic Spec. It came through a tennis racquet and ball. Spec, a freshman from Maribor, Slovenia, first...

Gophers head to NWCA National Duals

February 12, 2015

Winning any tournament three times in a row is hard enough. But taking the title at four in a row? The Gophers will attempt just that at the upcoming NWCA National Duals. “We have been talking about...

Minnesota wins first Big Ten matchup

February 9, 2015

With the help of freshman Felix Corwin, No. 33 Minnesota kept its focus during each set of Saturday’s match, propelling it to a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin in its first Big Ten contest. Men’s...

Gophers senior Logan Storley muscles against his opponent at the Sports Pavilion on Friday evening, where the Gophers men's wrestling team took on Michigan State.

Gophers split duals wins over weekend

February 9, 2015

The last weekend of the regular season might not have finished the way that it should have for the Gophers, but they ended it on a high note with a commanding victory. No. 5 Ohio State beat No. 2 Minnesota...

McHugh overcomes adversity

February 5, 2015

Having asthma can be a challenge for athletes who are trying to compete at a higher level. But for Conner McHugh, a freshman standout, one specific swimming style allowed him to overcome that adversity:...

Pfarr embraces tradition

February 5, 2015

Tradition often starts when an individual wants to continue a passion and pass it on. In Brett Pfarr’s case, his father’s love for wrestling started a tradition for him and his brothers. So...

Brook Zieger swims the 1,000-yard freestyle for the Gophers at the University Aquatic Center on Friday, January 30th.

Smith, Turner lead teams

February 2, 2015

When a team has an Olympic-caliber swimmer, finishing the regular season strong is not a problem. Under the guidance of junior standout Kierra Smith, the No. 19 Gophers defeated Northwestern and Purdue...

Senior Chris Dardanes wrestles during his match in the Williams Arena on Friday evening, where the Gophers took on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gophers end 17-meet win streak

February 2, 2015

With each Minnesota takedown Friday night, fans at Williams Arena stood up and cheered, creating an electric environment. But in front of 13,630 fans, No. 1 Minnesota was unable to extend its 17-match...

Transfer Nunan making impact

January 29, 2015

Several moments in each lifetime change the course of the future. For freshman Michael Nunan, transferring from the U.S. Naval Academy to the University of Minnesota last January was one of those moments. A...

Senior Logan Storley wrestles against Illinois at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 18.

Gophers, Hawkeyes set for marquee matchup

January 29, 2015

When a sporting event needs to relocate to a larger venue because its original facility won’t fit enough fans, the quality of competition is likely top-notch. That’ll be the case on Friday,...

Minnesota tops top-10 Penn State

January 26, 2015

The Gophers fell short of a national championship last year, only losing to Penn State. The No. 1 Gophers came up on top on Sunday, outplaying the No. 6 Nittany Lions 17-16 to remain undefeated in the...

Gophers fall short in NC

January 26, 2015

The Gophers entered their meet against North Carolina State this weekend undefeated — they had won six consecutive dual meets. But that came to an abrupt halt, as the Wolfpack beat the Gophers 199-154. Junior...

Minnesota set for top-10 matchup

January 22, 2015

The Gophers had the national championship in their grasps last season, leading Penn State 104 to 101.5. But as the final session unfolded, the Nittany Lions came back and took the title from the Gophers,...

CJ Smith swims at the University Aquatic Center against Wisconsin on Friday, Oct. 17.

Gophers utilize winter break for travel

January 22, 2015

Instead of staying in Minneapolis’ frigid temperatures over winter break, the Gophers took their annual trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. Head coach Kelly Kremer said that with an extended break between...

Dardanes comeback leads Minnesota over Illinois

January 20, 2015

In the third period of his match Sunday, redshirt senior Chris Dardanes found himself down 7-1. But instead of backing down, Dardanes came back and forced overtime for a sudden victory against Illinois’...

Minnesota begins season with two wins

January 20, 2015

Dropping just one match Saturday against two opponents, the Gophers men’s tennis team began the season with a 2-0 record — the first time since 2009. The Gophers hosted Marquette University...

Dardanes, Ness power Gophers to first place

December 8, 2014

The Gophers bolted out to a commanding start to this season in early November, and they haven’t looked back. They continued their dominance this weekend, cruising to a first-place finish in Las Vegas...

Turner dominates field in the pool

December 8, 2014

Minnesota got a close look at nearby competition this weekend, racing against 15 other schools from the Midwest. The Gophers cruised, taking home the team title at the Jean Freeman Invite. Sophomore Daryl...

Minnesota to honor legendary coach over weekend

December 4, 2014

After racking up 25 first-place finishes at the Jean Freeman Invite last year, the Gophers are looking for a repeat performance this weekend. The invite has been an annual event at the University Aquatic...

Gophers to face Big Ten foes at invite

December 4, 2014

Coming off a victory against top-10 Oklahoma State, the wrestling team will look to continue its momentum as it heads to the Cliff Keen Invitational. Among the 39 teams competing alongside Minnesota in...

Gophers beat top-10 Oklahoma State

December 1, 2014

The Gophers recorded a victory over a top-10 opponent Saturday — Oklahoma State. Despite the victory, head coach J Robinson said the team has room for improvement. “We didn’t wrestle...

Wrestlers ready for tough challenge

November 26, 2014

The Gophers defeated Oklahoma State last year by one point on the road. They’ll have a chance to replicate that performance on Saturday at home. Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the Gophers...

Senior Logan Storley wrestles against his opponent at the Sports Pavilion on Friday evening, where the Gophers took on Michigan State.

Two wins help team stay perfect

November 24, 2014

With a pin and a technical fall against Grand Canyon and Michigan State, respectively, senior Logan Storley electrified the crowd at the Sports Pavilion on two consecutive nights. No. 1 Minnesota won eight...

Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary swims in the 400-yard individual medley on Thursday evening. The University of Minnesota hosted the USA Swimming Grand Prix at the Aquatic Center this past weekend.

Gophers face Olympians on campus

November 24, 2014

Olympians filled the pool at the University Aquatic Center over the weekend, and some Gophers swimmers held their own against them. The Arena Grand Prix at Minneapolis drew Olympians Tyler Clary, Nathan...

Kroells excels on, off mat

November 20, 2014

After two-time NCAA champion Tony Nelson graduated last spring, the Gophers wrestling program had a vacant starting spot at the heavyweight position. Redshirt sophomore Michael Kroells has taken Nelson’s...

Grand Prix comes to Minneapolis

November 20, 2014

The Gophers have faced solid conference foes, Iowa and Wisconsin, in their conference dual meets so far this season. But that level of competition will be pumped up this weekend as many of the Gophers...

Minnesota's Dylan Ness tries to take down Michigan State's Dan Osterman on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers win first two dual meets

November 17, 2014

Hours of traveling didn’t seem to fatigue the Gophers on Saturday, as they defeated both Air Force and Wyoming. Minnesota defeated Air Force 28-15 and Wyoming 30-7, starting their dual-meet schedule...

Minnesota sophomore Sam Brancale

Brancale hungry for improvement

November 13, 2014

After failing to qualify for the NCAA championships last year as a redshirt freshman, Sam Brancale is looking to have his best season yet as a Gophers wrestler. Last week, Brancale took first at the Bison...

First-year assistant swimming and diving coach Gideon Louw poses at the University Aquatic Center on Thursday afternoon. Louw competed in the 2008 and 2013 Olympic Games.

Former Olympian adjusts to Gophers assistant job

November 11, 2014

At the highest level of his swimming career, Gideon Louw represented South Africa as a freestyle swimmer in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Now, nearly two years removed from his last Olympics meet,...

Women earn win, men fall to Florida

November 10, 2014

The Gophers women’s team lost their first event to Florida by 0.01 seconds, but they were able to overcome that loss and defeated the No. 8 Gators by a score of 183-117, winning 11 of the 16 possible...

Minnesota's Logan Storley (174 pounds) wrestles Virginia Tech's Austin Gabel on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Gophers dominate field at Bison Open

November 10, 2014

With the exception of the 2012-13 season, the Gophers have brought home seven or more individual titles at the Bison Open since they started competing at the meet in 2005. No. 1 Minnesota continued that...

Minnesota's Derek Toomey swims in the men's 100-yard breaststroke during the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 9, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Maly spends offseason in the water

November 6, 2014

Even after winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award at the end of last year, Jakub Maly continued to put in work during the offseason. Instead of going home to Austria for the summer to relax, Maly...

Men, women overcome Iowa at home

November 3, 2014

A false start disqualified the Gophers in their first event of Friday’s meet. But they overcame that en route to a commanding 195-105 victory over Iowa at the University Aquatic Center. “On...