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Gophers divers prep for NCAA Zones

March 10, 2014

For senior diver Sarah McCrady, the difference between Big Ten champion and Big Ten runner-up came down to her final dive. “I normally come in clutch on the last dive if I have to,” McCrady...

Minnesota junior Steve Jaciuk competes on the still rings at a meet against Iowa and Brockport at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday night. Saturday night was also senior night for the Mens Gymnastics Team.

Gophers bounce back on senior night

March 10, 2014

The Gophers men’s gymnastics team entered senior night at the Sports Pavilion fresh off a disappointing loss to Penn State. Minnesota rebounded in a big way with a victory over Iowa and Brockport...

Senior Dusti Russell lands onto the beam in splits at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

Russell closes career with class

March 6, 2014

It’s never been clear whether a person’s genes or upbringing influences their development more. For senior gymnast Dusti Russell, a case could be made for both. Russell was born into a...

Sophomore Lindsay Mable executes her beam exercise at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Mable had an all-around score of 39.625 to break the school record and the Gophers finished their season with a season-best score of 197.250.

Gophers get record-breaking performances in win

March 3, 2014

Minnesota seniors Justine Cherwink, Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta celebrated their final home meet in style Saturday night, helping the women’s gymnastics team defeat Iowa State 197.25-193.725. “I’m...

Minnesota swims to a fourth-place finish

March 3, 2014

Though Ann Arbor, Mich., sits about 4,500 miles from Jakub Maly’s hometown of Vienna, Austria, the freshman looked right at home at his first-ever Big Ten meet over the weekend. “He swam like...

Men’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 3

March 2, 2014

Senior Kyler Van Swol won his first ever medal at the Big Ten Championships on Friday when he took home second place in the 100-yard butterfly. Van Swol's time of 46.16 in the event is a new Minnesota...

Men’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 1 and Day 2

February 28, 2014

Not only a top ranked team in the country and winners of three-straight Big Ten Championships, but Michigan gets an added boost for the next four days with the 2014 Big Ten Championships being hosted in...

Liebler grows in first year with Minnesota

February 27, 2014

When men’s gymnasts move away from home and come to Minnesota, the team becomes a second family. “When [new guys] come here, they realize, ‘I’m going to be put into situations I’m...

Gophers prepare for Big Ten meet

February 26, 2014

Gophers senior Derek Toomey knows what’s in store for his team this weekend at the Big Ten championships, and he knows Michigan could pose one of the biggest threats. “They’re going to...

Gophers win another Big Ten title

February 24, 2014

For the first time in the program’s 44-year history, the Gophers women’s swimming and diving team won its third straight Big Ten championship. After four grueling days and seven different sessions,...

Mannon, Jaciuk impress in Vegas

February 24, 2014

The bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas didn’t seem to faze juniors Ellis Mannon and Steve Jaciuk. And neither did some of the best gymnasts in the United States at the 2014 Winter Cup Challenge. “They...

Women’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 4

February 23, 2014

Three-peat. The Gophers raced past the competition the last four days and took home their third consecutive Big Ten conference title. Minnesota jump started their night in the 1650-yard freestyle swim...

Women’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 3

February 22, 2014

Minnesota sophomore Kierra Smith became the first individual event winner for the Gophers Friday night when she took home first place honors in the 100-yard breaststroke. Smith won the event with a 59.80...

Women’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 2

February 21, 2014

After falling behind Indiana in the standings on the first day 74-72, the Gophers started their second day in the pool the second best way possible: tying the Hoosiers. The points came from the Minnesota...

Minnesotas Kylie Schermann executes her beam routine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Schermann shines in gym

February 20, 2014

In an earlier meet this season that pitted Minnesota against Nebraska, a unique opportunity presented itself to junior Kylie Schermann. “My mom actually went to the University of Nebraska,”...

Women’s Swimming and Diving at Big Ten Championships Recap — Day 1

February 20, 2014

Members of the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team said they expected the Big Ten Championships to be loud. Loud might have been an understatement. The crowd factored in the first race of the...

Minnesotas Kiera Janzen competes at the 2013 Arena Grand Prix Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Minnesota ready for Big Ten meet

February 19, 2014

The University Aquatic Center’s ambiance at a meet rarely changes — waves splash, buzzers sound and coaches scream to alert their swimmers. It’ll be the same Wednesday night at the Big...

Minnesotas Sean Bauer competes on the rings Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion. Bauer competed in the NCAA championships as a freshman in the 2012 season.

Gophers shine at meet in Iowa City

February 17, 2014

If nothing else, the men’s gymnastics team is good at following orders. Gophers head coach Mike Burns told his team to dominate in Iowa City, Iowa. It responded with a season-high 437.4 points to...

Minnesotas Steve Jaciuk competes on the rings Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Jaciuk leads by example on, off the mat

February 13, 2014

Steve Jaciuk‘s voice can be heard throughout the Sports Pavilion as he fires up his teammates before the Gophers begin their meets. Still, even without the powerful vocals, Jaciuk has emerged as...

Minnesota diver Maggie Keefer dives from the high platform during the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center.

Keefer recovers to become a star

February 11, 2014

Maggie Keefer doesn’t remember a lot about the accident. She remembers walking to the platform with her synchronized diving partner. She remembers leaping off the platform and feeling unbalanced. Then...

Howenstein ends career at Minnesota Challenge

February 10, 2014

Minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team earned eight titles at the Minnesota Challenge over the weekend, but that wasn’t the story of the meet. This meet belonged to senior Jenna...

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

Slechta paces squad to win over OSU

February 10, 2014

Minnesota’s women’s gymnastics team responded after a less-than-stellar performance against Nebraska last weekend with a 196.025-195.9 win over Ohio State this weekend. “We felt...

Gymnasts set for success

February 6, 2014

While Gophers sophomores Hanna Nordquist and Madie Hanley usually compete in just one event, the two are anything but one-dimensional. “They’re both incredible gymnasts,” head coach Meg...

Minnesota Challenge provides rest

February 6, 2014

With Big Ten championships looming for both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, the athletes competing at the conference meet will get some much-needed rest this weekend. Some...

Minnesota junior Kyler Van Swol competes in the 200-yard butterfly against Wisconsin Oct. 26, 2012 at the University Aquatic Center.

Minnesota sweeps weekend in Indiana

February 3, 2014

In hopes of closing out its dual meet season with wins against Purdue and Wisconsin, the Gophers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams came out firing Friday and Saturday. “We had...

Minnesota gymnast Kylie Schermann does her beam routine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at The Sports Pavilion.

Women’s team drops first meet of year

February 3, 2014

After the Gophers started their season undefeated in competition, the grind of road meets finally caught up with them. In a tough competition against No. 8 Nebraska, Minnesota fell by a final score of...

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

Morinishi leads team in final year

January 30, 2014

After his third trip around the high bar in practice Tuesday, senior Justin Morinishi let go, somersaulted through the air and planted both feet on the mat. Another stuck landing. “I came in as more...

Hatanaka bros star for Minnesota

January 30, 2014

If you’re expecting a stereotypical, competitive sibling rivalry between the Hatanaka brothers, you’re in the wrong pool. There’s no tension between the two brothers on the Gophers swimming...

Senior Steffen Beck performs on the still rings on Saturday at the Sports Pavillion.

Men battle with No. 1 Oklahoma, women win again

January 27, 2014

Oklahoma boasts the nation’s best men’s gymnastics team, according to NCAA rankings. Apparently, no one told the Gophers. Minnesota looked confident and unperturbed Saturday afternoon, when...

Freshman Allison Schumacher propels herself out of the water during the womens 100 yard butterfly event Saturday at the University Aquatic Center.

Gophers swim past North Carolina State in first meet in two weeks

January 27, 2014

Minnesota traded Hawaii sunshine for Minnesota snowflakes as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned home for a matchup with North Carolina State over the weekend. Though...

Turner steps up in first year

January 23, 2014

Gophers head coach Kelly Kremer described freshman swimmer Daryl Turner as a quiet and humble person. “You’d never know he’s the swimmer he is [by] just running into him on the street,”...

Minnesota gymnast Lindsay Mable performs on the floor Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Mable continues early-career success in sophomore campaign

January 23, 2014

Upon entering the Peik Gymnasium, the aura inside might be surprising. Classic rock plays over the loud speakers,  and hands and feet collide with the floor as gymnasts work their routines. There’s...

Mannon paces men; women win third straight meet

January 21, 2014

After finishing second on the pommel horse in last year’s NCAA individual event finals, Ellis Mannon continued his success into the start of his junior season, placing first in the individual all-around...

Minnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Radford at the Sports Pavilion on Friday. The Gophers advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins on Friday and Saturday.

Gophers fall to Stanford in Sweet 16

December 15, 2013

The Gophers watched their season disintegrate into thin air as Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku slammed down the final point for the Cardinal. While the match ended 3-0, Minnesota put up a valiant effort...

Gophers middle blocker Tori Dixon spikes the ball against Radford in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

Minnesota preps for fifth straight trip to Sweet 16

December 11, 2013

After battling through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Gophers will face off against No. 3 Stanford on Friday in the Sweet 16. Minnesota almost didn’t make it this far after Colorado...

Minnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Radford at the Sports Pavilion on Friday. The Gophers advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins on Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota earns trip to Sweet 16 with wins over Radford, Colorado

December 9, 2013

In Tori Dixon’s last match at the Sports Pavilion, it seemed only fitting that she was the one to end it. Dixon slammed a set by Sydney Howard and watched as it bounced off a Colorado player’s...

Minnesotas Alex Cisneros looks up after winning the mens 400-yard individual medley at the Jean Freeman Invitational at the University Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Gophers dominate at Jean Freeman Invite

December 9, 2013

Minnesota’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had a combined 25 first-place finishes this weekend at the Jean Freeman Invitational — 11 events for the women and 14 for...

Gophers middle blocker Tori Dixon prepares to spike the ball against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers prepared for NCAA opening round

December 5, 2013

After 20 grueling conference matches against 11 formidable opponents, the Gophers have reached the last stage of their season. The NCAA tournament is the culmination of a team’s hard work throughout...

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

Smith improves in second season

December 5, 2013

Kierra Smith had exactly three hours to kill before the NCAA finals began. With nothing to do, she contemplated smashing a hotel chair through the television set. To say Smith was dissatisfied with her...

Freshman volleyball player honored with two Big Ten weekly awards

December 3, 2013

Minneapolis - The Big Ten honored freshman middle blocker Hannah Tapp with not one, but two weekly awards. Tapp won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award...

Minnesota outside hitter Daly Santana blocks the ball Wednesday night against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota caps regular season with win

December 2, 2013

The Gophers finished out their regular-season schedule on point, sweeping No. 18 Illinois on the road. Minnesota used an 8-0 run to start the match, and rode that early momentum until the end. “I...

Gophers senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman sets up for a spike against Purdue on Sunday, Nov.24, 2013 at the Sports Pavilion.

Dixon, Wittman set for final home match

November 27, 2013

For the last four years, seniors Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon have made the Sports Pavilion nightmarish for opponents. But when the Gophers face off with Wisconsin on Wednesday night, it will mark the...

Minnesota volleyball brings home a pair of Big Ten weekly awards

November 25, 2013

Minneapolis - Two senior Gophers volleyball players were given weekly awards from the Big Ten conference this week. Outside hitter Ashley Wittman won Big Ten Player of the Week while middle blocker Tori...

Gophers outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Minnesota blows past pair of Michigan teams

November 25, 2013

The Gophers needed only seven sets to knock off two tough opponents over the weekend, sweeping No. 18 Michigan and defeating No. 17 Michigan State in four sets. With the wins, the Gophers completed the...

Schau excels in fill-in role, earns more time

November 21, 2013

The idea of graduating three key players can be a nightmare for volleyball coaches across the NCAA, but not for the Gophers volleyball coaching staff. As freshmen have stepped up this season, the future...

Women’s and men’s swim team members take home weekly awards

November 19, 2013

Minneapolis - After strong performances in the Arena Grand Prix last weekend, three University of Minnesota swimmers were honored by the Big Ten Conference. On the women's team, sophomore Kierra Smith...

Junior Kiera Janzen competes at the 2013 Arena Grand Prix Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Janzen continues success in junior campaign

November 19, 2013

There are two sides to Gophers junior distance freestyler Kiera Janzen: the fun-loving, outgoing Janzen outside the pool and the fiery, competitive Janzen in the water. Janzen’s opponents met the...

Janzen performs well at Grand Prix

November 18, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took a break from their regular collegiate competition this Thursday through Saturday and instead faced off against some of the sport’s...

Gophers middle blocker Tori Dixon prepares to spike the ball against Penn State on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota inconsistent in weekend split at home

November 18, 2013

No. 2 Penn State was the better team on paper heading into its match with the No. 11 Gophers. And the Nittany Lions proved they were the better team on the court when they swept Minnesota on Saturday at...

Minnesota defense specialist Lindsey Lawmaster sets the ball against Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday.

Defense leads Minnesota late in season

November 14, 2013

Whatever the position and whoever the player, the Gophers have stepped up on defense over the past couple of weeks. With two talented hitting teams coming to the Sports Pavilion on Friday and Saturday,...

Molly Lohman joins Gophers volleyball team

November 13, 2013

Minneapolis - It was an exciting day for Gophers volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon as he added a talented player to the 2014 volleyball roster. That players is 6'3" middle blocker Molly Lohman...

Pair of Minnesota divers earn weekly awards

November 13, 2013

Minneapolis - The men's and women's swim and dive teams have two talented divers according to weekly award release by the Big Ten Conference. For the men's team, sophomore Dylan Zoe took home...

Minnesota middle blocker Adrianna Nora spikes the ball against Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday.

Minnesota splits weekend with Iowa and Nebraska

November 11, 2013

In a contest between the No. 9 and No. 11 teams in the nation, the winner was the team that made the biggest plays in the biggest moments. On Sunday, that team was Nebraska. The Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota...

Minnesota freshman Breanne Siwicki completes the 200-meter backstroke against University of Michigan on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Gophers’ men, women dominate UND

November 11, 2013

The Gophers swimming and diving teams amassed two more big wins over the weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. The men’s team defeated North Dakota 179-113 while the women’s team won 179-114. The men...

Minnesota led by its strong hitters

November 7, 2013

Minnesota has outmatched its opponents offensively over the last three matches with kill after kill after kill. The Gophers boasted a .333 hitting percentage and 13.58 kills per set in wins over Northwestern,...

Gophers senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman sets up for a spike against Purdue on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Wittman maintains career dominance

November 6, 2013

Ashley Wittman has dominated the sport of volleyball since she stepped on the court as a fifth grader. Over the course of her career, she’s garnered enough awards to measure up to the best college...

Women travel to Indiana, leave with a pair of wins

November 4, 2013

On Friday and Saturday night, the Gophers volleyball team traveled to two separate schools in Indiana and knocked off both opponents. With six other Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 of the American Volleyball...

CJ Smith exchanges words with a fellow teammate after placing first in the Men 1000 Yard Freestyle. Smith finished in 9:10.98.

Gophers swim past Iowa in convincing fashion

November 4, 2013

Entering matchups with Iowa over the weekend, the Gophers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had a combined 5-1 record. Both teams continued their hot starts to the season against...

Howard sets up team for setting success

October 31, 2013

For the second straight year, a talented setter has transferred to the Gophers. It was senior Alexandra Palmer last year. This year, it’s Sydney Howard. The sophomore came to Minnesota after playing...

Volleyball player injured in practice

October 31, 2013

Sirens sounded on University Avenue on Wednesday when a Gophers volleyball player was injured in practice. A source close to the situation said the player, who is remaining annonymous, suffered an orthopedic...

Minnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Northwestern on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers rebound with home win

October 28, 2013

Following a tough road loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday, the Gophers volleyball team returned home Sunday to beat Northwestern, keeping its home record unblemished in the process. Minnesota dominated every...

Minnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball over the net against Michigan State on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Women fall to rival Wisconsin on road

October 24, 2013

No. 7 Minnesota entered the match against Wisconsin on a streak of three impressive victories — two over ranked opponents. That streak came to an abrupt halt Wednesday night as the rival Badgers...

Gophers outside hitter Karlie Hauer passes the ball during a match Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers bench play important in prep for Badgers

October 23, 2013

Cheerleaders, second stringers and backups are all terms to describe bench players. But on the Gophers volleyball team, the preferred label is “important.” A main factor for Minnesota’s...

Gophers middle blocker Tori Dixon and outside hitter Daly Santana attempt to block the ball against Michigan State at the Sports Pavilion on Thursday night. Minnesota won 3-2.

Minnesota knocks off pair of teams from Michigan

October 21, 2013

After three days and two victories, the Gophers volleyball team stands to rank a lot higher in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week. Minnesota faced two tough opponents this weekend...

Gophers Morgan Bohl bumps the ball back to Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Bohl breaks starting lineup in libero position

October 17, 2013

For a position that isn’t even counted as an official starter, the libero offers more than the stat sheet shows. Although a libero’s main statistical category is digs, her impact on the game...