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.
Before Thursday’s first-round game, no Gophers player on roster had ever played in the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Ben Winkel didn’t crack the lineup a single time his first year with the Gophers. This season, he has made his presence felt in the opportunities he’s been given. Winkel finished in second place and earned a 14.500 on the Parallel Bars in the Arnold Challenge, the team’s most recent meet.
The University of Minnesota will self-report a minor recruiting violation to the NCAA regarding head Gophers football coach P.J.
Dick Jonckowski unassumingly sat down in his chair just below the elevated floor of Williams Arena, with a smile on his face. Jonckowski acted as if the Minnesota-Nebraska game was like any other matchup he announced for Gophers basketball. But this game was different — it was his last. Jonckowski called his final game with Gophers men’s basketball team Thursday — a 15-point victory — after 31 years as the team’s public address announcer. “He’s a legend,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
No. 22 Wisconsin (23-8, Big Ten 12-6) snapped Minnesota’s (23-8, Big Ten 11-7) eight-game winning streak and beat the Gophers 66-49 at the Kohl Center on March 5.
Guard Darin Haugh dribbled the ball one last time at Williams Arena as time expired and the crowd roared in approval. Minnesota defeated Nebraska on Senior Night 88-73, as the team’s win streak increases to eight games. “Obviously a great way to go out,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “We haven’t had too many comfortable wins like that, so I thought – overall – just proud of everybody.” The Gophers pulled away from the Cornhuskers late in the first half. Minnesota went on a 10-0 run late in the first to go up 36-25.
Kalamazoo, Michigan’s WWMT-TV reported Tuesday that Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck may have engaged in a recruiting violation. Robert Spillane, former Broncos linebacker, recently received a release from Western Michigan University, Fleck’s last stop as head coach. WWMT-TV reported from an anonymous source that Fleck contacted Spillane about playing for Minnesota before Spillane had received full permission to transfer, which could be a violation of NCAA rules.
Center Reggie Lynch went to the Gophers bench with 29.6 seconds left in the game as the sellout crowd at Williams Arena chanted his name. Lynch had 11 blocks and nine points in 29 minutes as Minnesota defeated Penn State 81-71. “That’s why [Lynch] chose Minnesota,” said head coach Richard Pitino.
Juniors Justin Karstadt and Joel Gagnon both compete on the men’s gymnastics Canadian national team. For Minnesota’s next dual, the two gymnasts will compete against their own country. Gagnon and Karstadt are set to compete for the Gophers in the team’s meet against the Canadian National team on Feb.