The marquee matchup pits American record-holder Emma Reaney of Notre Dame against the woman whose record she broke just a few weeks ago, Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson. But a tough field should make this more than a 2-horse race.
The Golden Gophers won the conference at home on a big final night that saw conference records from Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin and Indiana’s Gia Dalesandro.
Ivy Martin and Alyson Ackman were 48-low in prelims, making for a great finals showdown tonight. Indiana qualified 10 A finalists in trying to cut down Minnesota’s big team lead.
Minnesota’s Becca Weiland will look to defend her 100 fly title, but it won’t be an easy go for her with Gia Dalesandro and Mckenzie Powers swimming well in prelims.
Indiana needs a second-straight big performance from their backstrokers, led by Brooklynn Snodgrass, to keep pace with Minnesota on Friday.
Minnesota will look to three-peat this weekend at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Kiera Janzen is key for the Gophers, and will take part in one of the more anticipated races of the weekend, the 500 freestyle.
CJ Smith and Kiera Janzen combined to dominate the distance events for the Golden Gophers in the two-day triangular at Purdue.
The Golden Gopher men and women combined for 9 straight wins to close the meet in dominating fashion over a fired-up NC State squad that put up huge performances on the road.
Minnesota competed in honor of former coach Jean Freeman, who passed away in 2010.
Megan Romano leads all money-earners after one stop of the Arena Grand Prix circuit, taking in a neat $2000 for four wins in Minneapolis. The top earner on the men’s side is Conor Dwyer, who picked up $1600 for two wins and two second places.
Adam Brown and Cesar Cielo went nose-to-nose in the 100 free from the outside lanes, and Brown came away with the narrowest of victories. (Photo Courtesy: Greg Davis)
Day 3’s preliminary session at the 2013 Minneapolis Grand Prix featured a 14-year old breakout backstroker having another good swim.
Cesar Cielo, the fastest man ever in the 50 yard free, looked the part in prelims of the 2013 Minneapolis Grand Prix
Minnesota’s Kiera Janzen looked very good in the first session of the 2013 Minneapolis Grand Prix.
Kiera Janzen of Minnesota won three events as Minnesota Men’s and Women’s swim and dive teams defeated their southern neighbors, Wisconsin, in a two-day dual meet between Big Ten conference rivals.