Senior Lexi Tenenbaum ended her collegiate career on a high note last weekend.
Tenenbaum — who finished in 34th place on the 3-meter board last season — came in fourth this time and won College Swimming Coaches Association Diver of the Year as Minnesota came in 10th overall.
“I don’t think we could have done much better,” said head coach Kelly Kremer. “I’m as happy as I can be as a coach with how our student-athletes compete and how they handled themselves.”
Tenenbaum also took home eighth place in the platform. The senior said one of her biggest improvements was learning how to compete.
“I’ve always been consistent in practice, but in the competition, I really didn’t know how to handle the nerves,” Tenenbaum said. “This year, I’ve been doing that a lot better.”
Senior Yu Zhou, who was named Big Ten Diver of the Year, finished in first place in the 3-meter dive on Friday. She also earned All-American honors.
Assistant coach Wenbo Chen was named Diving Coach of the Year.
Junior Danielle Nack finished in 17th place in the 200 Butterfly with a 1:55.67, which is a program record. Senior Kierra Smith shined on Saturday and tallied the second-fastest time in NCAA history for the 200-yard breaststroke, in which she placed second.
Several Gophers underclassmen rose to the occasion in relays during the championships.
Freshman Tevyn Waddell, sophomores Zoe Avestruz and Chantal Nack, along with Danielle Nack, earned a top-20 finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Lindsey Horejsi, a freshman, set a new record and personal best for the 100-meter breaststroke at 58.03.
The team won 14 All-America honors total, which were heavily led by underclassmen.“I think it’s really important for [the younger competitors] to really look at what the upper echelon of swimming is doing,” Kremer said. “It’s just a matter of continuing to progress and trying to close that gap.”