Gophers take care of Tommy’s, Jackrabbits

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s swimming and diving programs, both ranked number 25 by the CSCAA, made for a few non-conference foes at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Friday.

The Gopher men (4-0) defeated St. Thomas, 202-86 and South Dakota State, 203-87, while the women (5-0) did the same with scores of 206-84 over the Tommies and 199-89 over the Jackrabbits.

With a majority of swimmers taking part in events they don’t normally participate in, the Golden Gophers still won every event. The men took victories from 12 different individuals, while the women saw 11 different individuals claim first place. In addition, 18 swimmers, nine on each side, set personal bests.

The men’s team on Friday saw six individuals take multiple wins, led by red shirt junior Lucas Farrar’s four wins. Individually, he took victories in the 50 and 100 free, and was part of the 400 free relay win alongside junior Kaiser Neverman and sophomore Chris Morris and Bar Soloveychik. He also took home first place in the 200 medley relay with Neverman, fifth-year senior Max McHugh and senior Desmon Sachtjen.

Along with his relay victories, Neverman also took first place in the 100 chest, while McHugh also took an individual win in the 200 chest and Morris did the same in the 200 back.

Freshmen Alberto Hernandez and Drew Bennett took multiple first places. Hernandez won in the 200 Free and 200 IM, while Bennett swept the 1- and 3-meter boards in the dive.

Individual triumphs went to juniors William Christenson (100 flying) and Chris Nagy (1000 free), while freshmen Luke Leonidas (100 back) and Denton Smith (200 flying) both also won.

Eight members of the women’s team took multiple wins, including four for sophomore Hannah Cornish. She hit first in the 50 free and 200 IM and was part of two relay victories. She was joined in the 400 free relay by seniors Olivia Bloomer, Kate Sullivan and Maggie Summit. While the 200 medley relay was won by Cornish, seniors Emma Lezer and Jordan McGinty, and freshman Faith Johnson.

In addition to her relay win, McGinty also finished first in the 100 free and 100 back, while Johnson (200 back), Reader (100 chest) and Sullivan (100 flying) also added individual wins to their relay victories.

Senior Rachel Butler (100 Free and 200 Chest) and Junior Megan Van Berkom (200 Free and 500 Free) also racked up a pair of wins, while fifth-year senior Joy Zhu remained undefeated in diving and completed both the 1- and 3-meter planks.

Freshman Ava Yablonski rounded out the Gopher winners by finishing first in the 200 fly.

After two consecutive meetings at home, Minnesota’s swimming and diving programs will return to the road next Friday in Wisconsin. The meet starts at 4 p.m. and will be streamed on B1G+.

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