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Column: March Madness reminds everyone why expanded CFB playoff wouldn’t work

Published March 31, 2015

The 2015 Final Four is officially set following the weekend’s Elite Eight action. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke will all head to Indianapolis to compete in what will probably be the...

Column: Gophers end season in all too fitting fashion

Published March 30, 2015

When Minnesota opened its season in early October, the team faced superb expectations from fans and media pundits. Predictions of conference and national titles seemed to flow freely as people talked about...

Infielder Luke Pettersen throws the ball to catcher Toby Hanson at first base during a game against Northwestern at Siebert Field on Saturday.

Pitching falters Sunday, Wildcats win two

Published March 30, 2015

Third baseman Tony Skjefte looked right at home in Minnesota’s first series of the year at Siebert Field over the weekend. The senior went off for six runs batted in (RBIs). But Skjefte’s performance...

Column: Mental game shook Gophers basketball this season

Published March 25, 2015

Richard Pitino strolled into his postgame press conference in a surprisingly gregarious manner after his team lost by 13 points to Wisconsin in early March. The second-year head coach answered every question...

Column: Blackout of women’s national title game a travesty

Published March 24, 2015

A wave of gold jerseys swelled toward the Gophers’ net as the final buzzer sounded on the 2015 women’s NCAA hockey championship game. The group of players eventually crashed onto junior goaltender...

Senior Leandro Toldeo volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on March 6 against Washington.

Women stumble on road, men win twice

Published March 23, 2015

The Gophers’ trip to Michigan proved to be a forgettable ending to spring break. After Michigan overpowered the Gophers on Saturday, Minnesota lost to Michigan State by one point on Sunday afternoon. “We’re...

Column: Losses cost Gophers this season

Published March 9, 2015

Richard Pitino has done almost everything to get the Minnesota men’s basketball team back on track. He’s banned Twitter, flip-flopped point guards and shuffled frontcourt rotations, all to...

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

Corwin rises to challenge

Published March 9, 2015

A crowd gathered around Court 1 at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday to watch what would be the deciding match between Minnesota and Drake, who were deadlocked 3-3. “Everyone in the building was...

Column: Pro day performances overvalued

Published March 3, 2015

Scouts, coaches, teammates, friends, families and media all packed into Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex for Minnesota’s pro day on Monday. Every person in the building focused his or her eyes on...

Column: Michigan State victory meaningless without Big Ten tourney success

Published March 2, 2015

Carlos Morris looked up from the ground and watched as his last-second shot sailed through the hoop at the Breslin Center. His 3-pointer against Michigan State with 2.2 seconds to go in the contest sent...

Senior Rebecca Weiland in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center after practice on Monday afternoon. Weiland accepted a position as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State.

Attitude paramount to Weiland’s success

Published February 25, 2015

Becca Weiland dove into the cold pool in the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center, and then slowly inched her way toward the water’s surface. As her head broke the water and her arms swung 180 degrees in...

Column: “A Year of Readiness” is a stupid idea

Published February 24, 2015

The shootout, the 35-second shot clock and forcing freshman student-athletes to sit out their first year at school are well-intentioned concepts, but each one is as asinine as the next. Last Thursday,...

Column: Gophers should retire Zahui B.’s number when her Gopher career ends

Published February 23, 2015

Amanda Zahui B. should be the last women’s basketball player to wear No. 32 at Minnesota. Call it insane to say a redshirt sophomore’s number should be retired when her career ends, but in...

Column: ‘What have you done for me lately?’ mentality alive and well

Published February 18, 2015

When Minnesota-Duluth head women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller exited Ridder Arena Saturday night, it might have been the last time she ever sets foot in that building as head coach. Miller, who...

Frost best coach at U

Published February 16, 2015

Hall & Oates blasted from the locker room following the Gophers 2-0 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in which they captured the 2015 WCHA regular-season title. Brad Frost stood in the hallway with a grin...

Facilities necessary evil for recruiting

Published February 11, 2015

Since when do inanimate objects help win national championships? It’s a vital question to ask as talk emerges about teams seeking upgraded practice facilities. These facilities are put on a ridiculously...

University student Nikki Graf stands in between alumnae Laura Brown (left) and Nikki Beyer at their practice in Bloomington on Saturday. Their team, the Minnesota Vixen, are the longest continuously operating womens football team in the nation.

Minnesota Vixen team on the rise

Published February 10, 2015

The sound of squeaky shoes echoed off the walls of the Bethany Global University gymnasium on Saturday morning as players began stretching. Though the practice was just beginning, beads of sweat were already...

Column: Don’t blame Lucia for woes

Published February 9, 2015

Don’t expect me to join the #FireLucia movement anytime soon. It’s easy to say that head men’s hockey coach Don Lucia shouldn’t be fired following last weekend; the Gophers won...

Gophers deliver at Minnesota Challenge

Published February 9, 2015

Many of Minnesota’s top athletes rested over the weekend in preparation for the upcoming Big Ten championships, but senior Jimmy Rafter had a meet to remember. The entire Minnesota bench stood on...

Column: Education lost in athleticism

Published February 4, 2015

Wednesday, college football fans across the country will flip on their television screens to see if some of the big-name college football prospects will head to their favorite teams. This day is one full...

Column: Gophers need to find Hollins’ partner in crime over break

Published February 3, 2015

Andre Hollins sat in Minnesota’s locker room with a smile draped across his face as he took questions from the media following the Gophers’ third conference victory of the season on Saturday. And...

Mens Gopher Tennis player senior Jack Hamberg plays at the Baseline Tennis Center Friday night. The tennis team played Green Bay, Dartmouth, and Oklahoma State over the weekend.

Streaking Gophers win three matches

Published February 2, 2015

Though the temperatures in Minneapolis dipped this weekend, the cold air didn’t seem to cool down the red-hot Gophers. Off to one of their best starts in the last five years, the Gophers emerged...

Column: Next stretch of games season defining for Minnesota

Published January 28, 2015

Don’t look now, Gophers fans, but the Minnesota men’s basketball team won two of its last three games in conference play following a 0-5 start in Big Ten play. Beginning with Wednesday’s...

Column: Blame Big Ten for Minnesota’s destruction

Published January 27, 2015

When it rains, it pours. But in the case of the Minnesota men’s hockey team, it has reached the point where players and coaches need to start building an ark. It might already be too late for that. Amid...

Minnesota splits, falls in kick off

Published January 26, 2015

The Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams went up against top competition at the ITA Kick-Off over the weekend in the hope of extending their undefeated records to open their 2015 campaigns. Save...

Stollings clearly perfect choice halfway through season

Published January 21, 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Gophers women’s basketball team sprinted to center court and began to sing, “We beat the Dukies.” Lindsay Whalen, the maestro who helped lead...

Column: Williams made smart decision in declaring for draft

Published January 20, 2015

When Maxx Williams announced he would enter the 2015 NFL Draft earlier this month, the young tight end made one of the best decisions of his career. After winning the Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award...

Column: Assessing the men’s hockey team

Published December 9, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team has brought both brilliance and disappointment this season with the 14 games it has played. Minnesota averages 3.43 goals per game and holds the best power-play percentage...

Column: Kill was right choice for coach of the year

Published December 8, 2014

In just four seasons, head coach Jerry Kill has turned the football program in a new direction. Last week, he won Big Ten Coach of the Year for his efforts. Though the Gophers probably should have played...

Potulny continues his winning tradition

Published December 4, 2014

Grant Potulny wasn’t Minnesota’s strongest skater. He wasn’t its best scorer. And he wasn’t its craftiest stickhandler. But with an inexhaustible work ethic and uncanny leadership...

Column: Mason right man to aid Gophers with McNeil out

Published December 2, 2014

The pressure of playing inside Madison Square Garden can be insurmountable for some players. For others, it’s an opportunity to prove their worth. And when freshman guard Nate Mason played in one...

Column: Lack of improvement passing becomes downfall for Gophers

Published December 1, 2014

It seemed all too ironic that on the day the Gophers faced off against one of the NCAA’s most potent rushing attacks, Minnesota showed just how putrid its passing offense could be. The Gophers completed...

Gophers beat Indiana but miss NCAA tourney

Published December 1, 2014

Minnesota entered Friday night’s matchup against Indiana looking to solidify one of 64 spots in the NCAA tournament. “I thought we played some pretty clean volleyball,” head coach Hugh...

Column: Minnesota should continue to start Walker

Published November 25, 2014

Redshirt senior Mo Walker made his fourth consecutive start on Saturday as the Gophers faced off against Maryland-Baltimore County. The Canadian center has started every game this season, even though the...

Column: Injured Cobb unable to silence critics

Published November 24, 2014

Senior running back David Cobb could only watch from the sidelines as Donnell Kirkwood pushed through the Nebraska defense on his way to a first down in the game’s closing minutes. That rush ultimately...

Former Gophers basketball player Al Nolen poses at Williams Arena on Monday evening. Nolen now teaches basketball camps as well as private lessons.

Nolen helps young players develop skills

Published November 18, 2014

Only 3.3 percent of all high school boys basketball players continue playing the sport at any level in college, according to a 2013 NCAA report. The chance to play in a Division I program is even smaller....

Column: Despite loss, no need to panic with Gophers

Published November 17, 2014

De’Vondre Campbell appeared unemotional and unfazed when he spoke to reporters following the Gophers’ 31-24 loss to Ohio State. The redshirt junior linebacker didn’t blink or stutter...

Column: Gophers’ success against Louisville hinges on defense

Published November 11, 2014

When the Gophers men’s basketball squad steps onto the court inside the Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen on Friday night, the team faces the daunting task of stopping No. 8 Louisville’s...

Column: Leidner proved doubters wrong in victory

Published November 10, 2014

The Gophers’ aerial assault looked downright dangerous against Iowa in a game that honored military veterans nationwide. On the day that quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a new career-high in touchdown...

Corwin wins Big Ten indoor championship

Published November 4, 2014

Just two months into his first semester at the University of Minnesota, freshman Felix Corwin holds the title of Big Ten indoor champion. Corwin, who didn’t lose a set during the entire tournament,...

Column: Iowa is a must-win on Saturday

Published November 4, 2014

In case people didn’t get the memo, the Gophers football team might boast one of the toughest end-of-season schedules of any Big Ten program. It starts with Iowa at home. Next, it’s No. 13...

Column: Let American Indians decide future of ‘Redskins’

Published November 3, 2014

Racism, prejudices and hatred have littered the streets of the United States for centuries. People of this nation have perpetually fought to tear down these discriminations, and it was no different Sunday...

Zeiger sisters make impact in the pool

Published October 29, 2014

After being homeschooled in her home state of Rhode Island, Blake Zeiger made a huge transition with her decision to attend the University of Minnesota and join nearly 29,000 other students. A few years...

Roysland brings passion to Macalester

Published October 29, 2014

The parking lot outside of Macalester College’s Leonard Center was still at 5:45 a.m. last Thursday morning. Dew from the night’s rain settled onto blades of grass. Streetlights turned off...

Column: New players show off Gophers’ potential

Published October 28, 2014

Attempting to project a team’s season based on one intrasquad scrimmage is futile. So while the Minnesota fans and media pundits who attended the men’s basketball scrimmage Sunday can’t...

Zeiger, Gophers dominate North Dakota

Published October 27, 2014

Even though Brooke Zeiger is a freshman, the talented young swimmer is competing with a veteran’s confidence. Zeiger took first for Minnesota in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle...

Column: Barring miracle. Gophers won’t make Big Ten championship game

Published October 27, 2014

“Typical Gophers” is perhaps the only way to explain what transpired Saturday afternoon when Minnesota lost to arguably the worst team in the Big Ten. Illinois walked all over the Gophers in...

Column: Gophers will thrive from disappointment

Published October 21, 2014

For what seemed like the first time in a long time, Minnesota traveled to face the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend as the second-best team in the nation. After tying Minnesota-Duluth the week before, the...

Column: Gophers deserve top-25 spot

Published October 20, 2014

The Gophers faced plenty of adversity during their victory against Purdue on Saturday afternoon. Point to the questionable calls by the game’s referees, the defense’s inability to contain Purdue’s...

Women dominate, men fall short in dual meet

Published October 20, 2014

A family emergency kept Daryl Turner from competing against Arizona State in the Gophers’ first dual meet of the season two weeks ago. However, the sophomore made sure his presence was felt Friday...

Column: Hokey shootouts need to go

Published October 14, 2014

In terms of uselessness, the college hockey shootout ranks somewhere between a person’s appendix and a MySpace account after 2008. It’s something that can go. The Minnesota women’s hockey...

Column: Gophers could make it to championship game

Published October 13, 2014

When ESPN commentator Ed Cunningham said the Gophers were the favorite out of the Big Ten West following Minnesota’s victory over Michigan, I smirked. My initial thought was that Cunningham’s...

Column: Women’s diving team prepares for successful season

Published October 8, 2014

Some swimmers and coaches didn’t have anything specific to say when it came to what the women’s diving team will look like this season. The women’s diving team opened its year on Saturday...

Gymnastics fills vacant coach spot

Published October 7, 2014

The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team is under new leadership following the resignation of former head coach Meg Stephenson, who left Aug. 28 after federal and school investigations...

Column: Gophers hockey team looks to national championship

Published October 7, 2014

The image of Matt Koalska leaping over the boards of the Gophers’ bench after scoring the game-tying goal in the 2002 national championship game still remains firmly ingrained in the minds of many...

Gophers defeat ASU

Published October 6, 2014

Blame it on the outdoor air or the adrenaline from their first swim meet, but something seemed to ignite the freshmen on the Gophers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. In their first...

Gophers head into new season with confidence

Published October 2, 2014

Based on how the athletes spoke Wednesday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center, the Minnesota swimming and diving teams are ready for a big year. The men’s and women’s teams will kick...

Gophers bow out of ITAs singles

Published September 30, 2014

The Monday blues hit the Gophers tennis team hard as senior duo Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment both dropped matches in the first round of qualifying play at the Saint Francis Health Systems ITA Men’s...

Column: Gophers volleyball flashes potential amid loss

Published September 30, 2014

Five underclassmen trotted onto the Sports Pavilion floor Saturday night to start against an opponent that has dominated college volleyball for the past decade. Reigning national champion Penn State players...

Column: Gophers must take advantage of weak Big Ten

Published September 29, 2014

After producing some of the NCAA’s most dominant football teams season after season, the Big Ten isn’t the intimidating power it once was. Gophers fans witnessed this firsthand Saturday as...

Gophers down OSU

Published September 25, 2014

Welcome back to Big Ten play, Minnesota. In the Gophers’ first conference contest of the season, Ohio State pushed Minnesota all night long. Although Minnesota dominated both of its contests against...

Les Bolstad on track for renovations

Published September 24, 2014

Littered with emerald trees and encapsulated by rugged topography, Les Bolstad Golf Course near the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus has been a landmark at the school since it opened in...

Column: Let us grievers grieve

Published September 23, 2014

Many college football fans would say that last weekend’s most contentious story was the suspension of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. They’d be wrong. Less than two weeks ago,...

Kill should stick with Streveler against Michigan

Published September 22, 2014

Despite the laughable fact that the fans at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday had the same number of passing yards as the Gophers did through almost the whole game, redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Streveler...

Column: Addition of Johnson just the beginning for Pitino, Gophers

Published September 16, 2014

What a difference a year makes. Just 10 months after watching Reid Travis tell the hometown crowd he would be leaving Minnesota for the warmer climate of Palo Alto, Calif., another highly sought-after...

Column: Kill should start Streveler next Saturday

Published September 15, 2014

Jerry Kill, welcome to football hell. After three weeks of abysmal quarterback play, the head coach of the 2-1 Gophers is in an unenviable situation. With a contest against lowly San Jose State on the...

Column: NCAA shows cowardice in lifting sanctions.

Published September 10, 2014

The NCAA should be ashamed. Not even 30 months removed from levying sanctions against the Penn State football program following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA made the decision Monday...

Mike Fulton and Seth Vander Tuig watch from the sidelines as the Gophers take on Middle Tennessee at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Road trip comes to TCF Bank Stadium

Published September 9, 2014

For Seth Vander Tuig, the journey to the sidelines of TCF Bank Stadium for a Saturday afternoon bout between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State began almost four years ago, before Mission: College Football...

Column: Gophers’ defense, not offense, will make difference

Published September 8, 2014

My apologies to the Gophers fans out there hoping for a team with an offense that could pick apart a defense at will. That won’t be your team this year. For the second consecutive game, Minnesota...

Column: Sophomore volleyball trio shows promise

Published September 3, 2014

When the Gophers said goodbye to Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon at the end of last season, Minnesota volleyball lost arguably two of the best players in the program’s history. Dixon left the Gophers...

Column: Williams key to solving passing woes

Published September 2, 2014

In case Minnesota fans needed reminding during Thursday night’s season opener against Eastern Illinois, Maxx Williams is still an athletic freak. In his first action since the Texas Bowl, the redshirt...

Gophers enter NCAA regional as dark horse

Published May 8, 2014

The Gophers women’s golf team continues to be overlooked in national rankings, even though it has placed in the top 10 in all but one tournament this season. Minnesota isn’t seen as a big threat...

Head Womens Golf Coach Michele Redman discusses this years golf team Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Redman leads Minnesota’s turnaround

Published May 7, 2014

In the summer of 2011, the Gophers women’s golf team needed some stability amid a situation that seemed to worsen with each passing headline. A few months earlier, associate women’s head golf...

Left; Minnesotas Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club. Right; Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club Sept. 8.

Gophers, Mendez capture Big Ten titles

Published May 5, 2014

The Gophers entered the Big Ten championships as one of the hottest teams in the conference but remained unranked in the NCAA rankings when they took the golf course in French Lick, Ind. To say that put...

Minnesotas Jon Trasamar practices at the Tom Lehman Practice Facility at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Trasamar leads Gophers into Big Ten championships

Published May 1, 2014

Jon Trasamar knew he needed a change heading into the final day of competition at the Rutherford Intercollegiate two weeks ago. Trasamar sat in a tie for 45th and was on the verge of an unfulfilling finish...

Women’s golf team headed to regionals

Published April 30, 2014

In light of the first ever NCAA selection show for women's golf, the Gophers found themselves in the No. 19 spot of the central regional. Played in Stillwater, Okla., other notable teams competing...

Mendez impresses in first year

Published April 29, 2014

As the sun shone high on a windy Friday afternoon, Jose Mendez reset his feet and took aim. As he lowered his eyes to the golf ball, the freshman reeled back the head of his driver and powered a shot that...

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. A native of Spain, Laguna is one of three international golfers on this year’s team.

Minnesota finishes fifth at Big Tens

Published April 28, 2014

After navigating the latter half of the spring season with solid outings, the Gophers maintained that momentum at the Big Ten championships with a fifth-place finish in the team standings. “We held...

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers appear ready for Big Tens

Published April 24, 2014

In 2009, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine dubbed the Pete Dye course in French Lick, Ind., as America’s Best New Public Golf Course. This weekend, members of the Gophers women’s golf team will...

Minnesota gymnasts Hanna Nordquist and Lindsay Mable executes their beam routines at the NCAA regional competition at the Sports Pavillion on Saturday, April 5.

Mable finishes fifth on vault at NCAAs

Published April 21, 2014

A 9.933 would be an impressive score during the regular season, but it earned sophomore Lindsay Mable a fifth-place finish on vault at the NCAA meet. Mable and fellow sophomore Hanna Nordquist represented...

Minnesotas Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club Sept. 8.

Mendez, Gophers take top spot at Rutherford Invite

Published April 21, 2014

Not even a 90-minute frost delay Sunday could cool off the Gophers men’s golf team, as it won the Rutherford Invitational after an impressive two-day performance. In the team’s final contest...

Minnesotas Lindsay Mable executes her balance beam routine at the NCAA regional competition April 5 at the Sports Pavilion. Mable won the all-around competition and qualified for the NCAA individual meet.

Mable, Nordquist prepare for NCAA meet

Published April 17, 2014

Hanna Nordquist spent the last month of her sophomore season unable to compete due to illness. She worked on her balance beam routine just three times before competing in front of a Sports Pavilion crowd...

Gophers play in final tune-up tournament

Published April 17, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team ended its fall season on a sour note with three of its last four tournaments ending in eighth-place finishes or worse. But with the way the team has played this spring,...

Minnesota gymnast Ellis Mannon competes on the pommel horse Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Mannon wins NCAA title

Published April 14, 2014

Ellis Mannon left little doubt as he dismounted the pommel horse Saturday night. His 15.425 score illuminated the scoreboard inside the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the junior gymnast knew he’d...

Zack Chase exclaims a shriek of joy after his vault performance on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers ready for redemption at NCAAs

Published April 10, 2014

Zack Chase’s walk-up song doesn’t have a heavy beat, loud guitar riffs or lyrics about overcoming struggles. Gophers fans know the senior gymnast is ready to perform when Sarah McLachlan’s...

Hanna Nordquist, left, and Lindsay Mable, right, execute their beam routines at the NCAA Regional competition at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday. Nordquist tied for first on the balance beam with teammate Lindsay Mable and both qualified for the NCAA Individual Event Finals.

Mable, Nordquist advance to NCAAs

Published April 7, 2014

On the biggest stage of the season, the Gophers women’s gymnastics team fell just short in its attempt to reach the NCAA championships. Minnesota couldn’t match performances from Oklahoma and...

Minnesotas Kayla Slechta competes on bars March 9, 2013, in a quad meet at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota uses toughness to overcome woes

Published April 3, 2014

As junior Cierra Tomson went down with a back injury moments before her routine at the Big Ten championships, the women’s gymnastics team was thrust into a season-defining moment. Minnesota needed...

Minnesota will not renew Dale’s expiring contract

Published April 3, 2014

Gophers head men’s swimming coach Dennis Dale won’t return to the program next year, the University announced in a release Wednesday morning. University associate athletics director for strategic...

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

Minnesota finishes 22nd at NCAA meet

Published March 31, 2014

Minnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team produced some of its best performances of the year at the NCAA meet over the weekend, but it regressed from last year’s 18th-place finish and...

Minnesota sophomore gymnast Ellis Mannon performs his parallel bars routine Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Mannon takes home his first title on pommel horse

Published March 31, 2014

When the Gophers missed their first routine Friday night, perhaps it was a sign the Big Ten meet wouldn’t go in their favor. Minnesota struggled to establish any semblance of momentum until the second...

Men’s Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships Recap — Day 2

Published March 29, 2014

On their second day of the NCAA Championships, the Gophers dropped in the team standings going from 18th to 22nd. The Gophers 200-yard medley relay team of freshmen Daryl Turner, Nick Hatanaka and seniors...

Men’s Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships Recap — Day 1

Published March 28, 2014

Senior sprint freestyler Derek Toomey competed in the final 50-yard freestyle swim of his Minnesota career Thursday on the opening night of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Toomey tied his career-high time...

Minnesotas Derek Toomey swims in the mens 100-yard breaststroke during the Minnesota Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Gophers’ youth leads group at NCAAs

Published March 27, 2014

It’s a youth movement on the Gophers men’s swimming and diving team. This weekend, six of nine athletes competing at the NCAA meet will be swimming or diving in their first collegiate finals....

Mannon leads Minnesota into Big Ten championships

Published March 27, 2014

Since his sophomore year ended, junior Ellis Mannon hasn’t been able to clinch the top spot. Mannon took second on the pommel horse at the 2013 Big Ten meet, the 2013 NCAA meet and the 2014 Winter...

Minnesota junior Jessica Plant swims during the 800 yard freestyle relay during the NCAA Womens Division 1 Championships at the Aquatic Center on Friday.

Minnesota places 10th to close season

Published March 24, 2014

The Gophers women’s swimming and diving team set a goal this weekend: place in the top eight at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships — a feat Minnesota has never accomplished. The...

Minnesota places third at Big Tens

Published March 24, 2014

The Gophers women’s gymnastics team faced some adversity to start the Big Ten championships, as junior Cierra Tomson went down with an injury. Tomson, who’s competed in all four events in all...

Women’s Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships Recap — Day 1 and Day 2

Published March 22, 2014

After winning their third consecutive Big Ten Championship, the Gophers carried a great deal of momentum heading into the NCAA championships which started Thursday. Despite their success heading into the...

Minnesotas Maggie Keefer and Katie Grunawalt dive Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Gophers qualify three for NCAAs

Published March 13, 2014

The NCAA Zone D Championships wrote two different storylines for the Gophers. On one hand, senior Maggie Keefer advanced to her fourth consecutive NCAA meet. On the other, freshman Matt Barnard and sophomore...

Minnesotas Justin Morinishi competes on the pommel horse Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers seniors close out careers

Published March 13, 2014

The eight Gophers seniors made their final appearance at the Sports Pavilion last Saturday night, marking the end of an era for the men’s gymnastics team. “I know gymnastics is a sport where...

Team manager for the womens gymnastics team Megan Alvarez, Friday at the Piek Gymnasium, where the team practices.

Alvarez ends her final season with a smile

Published March 12, 2014

As her name echoed across the Sports Pavilion, senior Megan Alvarez stepped forward to receive her senior night bouquet. She didn’t don a gray tracksuit like the rest of the team, opting instead...

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