Swimming & Diving | 10/7/2021 1:34:00 PM
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team kicks off its 2021-22 season Friday as it travels to Iowa for a dual meet with the Hawkeyes.
The meet is scheduled to start at 4 pm with streaming coverage on BTN+ and live scoring on the Meet Mobile app.
Minnesota will look to continue its recent success over the Hawkeyes, winning all 11 matchups dating back to the 2010-11 season. Last year, the Gophers bested the Hawkeyes 192-107 as part of a tri-dual that also featured a 193-107 win over Nebraska.
Iowa has competed once already this season, falling to Northern Iowa, 159-133, on Oct. 1. The Hawkeyes won 10 events in the dual and had four student-athletes win multiples events.
Friday’s meet is set to serve as a tremendous opportunity for many of the program’s underclassmen to gain valuable experience as a combined 18 sophomores and freshmen will be making the trip to Iowa City as part of the Minnesota travel roster.
Team captain Emma Linscott leads the contingent after posting a team-best time in the 100 fly as a junior a year ago, touching the wall in 54.13. Junior Emma Laser was the Gophers’ top finisher in both the 100 (1:00.37) and 200 breaststroke (2:13.85), both of which were NCAA ‘B’ times, while sophomore Piper Doo Posted a ‘B’ time of 49.50 in the 100 free, the top mark by a Gopher a year ago.
Sophomore Megan Van Berkom is coming off a freshman season where she qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 400 IM and 200 fly.
On the diving side, Megan Phillip is the team’s top returner competing this weekend as she had a team-best mark of 242.55 on the platform last year and was second on the squad in both the 1-meter (299.35) and 3-meter (315.50).
Freshmen Hannah Cornish, Eliot Kennedy, Kate LaMonica, Summer West and Lyndsey Wehr could all make their collegiate debuts Friday.
The Golden Gophers are looking to build off of last year’s abbreviated season where they went 3-1 in dual meet, then placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. Minnesota took 24th at the NCAA Championships, highlighted by national titles for Sarah Bacon on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards.