Betsy Helfand


Clean sweep yields convincing win for swimmers and divers

The Gophers swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 after handily beating Kansas 206-87 on Oct. 20 at the University Aquatic Center. Head coach Terry Nieszner said she credits the 16-event sweep to the teamâÄôs balance. âÄúWe seem to be âÄî at least so far âÄî pretty strong,âÄù Nieszner said. âÄúWe have balance across the board and we have been able to compete very well even though Haley [Spencer] and Ashley [Steenvoorden] arenâÄôt with us right now.âÄù Spencer and Steenvoorden competed at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, this past week.

Gophers defeat Iowa State without top guns

The Gophers swimming and diving team posted a commanding 199-100 victory over Iowa State on Saturday at Beyer Pool with wins in 13-of-16 events. With stars Ashley Steenvoorden and Haley Spencer in Mexico for the Pan American Games and many upperclassmen left at home, Minnesota headed to Iowa State shorthanded, but still came out with the win. Freshman Katie Anton and junior Elizabeth Weitz both posted first-place finishes in two separate events. Anton won the 100-yard and the 200-yard backstroke with times of 57.81 seconds and 2:02.17, respectively.

Champions Celebrate

Four days after sweeping the Atlanta Dream en route to their first WNBA title, the Minnesota Lynx were welcomed home by fans with a parade along Nicollet Mall and a rally at the Target Center. An estimated 15,000 fans lined the streets along Nicollet Mall as the parade traveled from 12th Street and Nicollet Avenue to the Target Center, where roughly 5,000 fans packed in the stadium to celebrate with the team.

Minn. sweeps NDSU in exhibition doubleheader

The Gopher softball team returned to action Oct. 8 and came away with 4-3 and 8-3 wins over North Dakota State. The sweep came a week after sweeping St. Cloud State in their first exhibition doubleheader of the year Sept. 30. Minnesota struck early in the third inning of the first game on catcher Kari DorleâÄôs bases-clearing double after NDSU pitcher Whitney Johnson walked the bases loaded.