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Gophers’ youth leads group at NCAAs

It’s a youth movement on the Gophers men’s swimming and diving team. This weekend, six of nine athletes competing at the NCAA meet will be swimming or diving in their first collegiate finals. Though freshmen make up two-thirds of the team, head coach Kelly Kremer said he isn’t concerned.


Minnesota places 10th to close season

The Gophers women’s swimming and diving team set a goal this weekend: place in the top eight at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships — a feat Minnesota has never accomplished. The team fell short, placing 10th. “I’m really proud of the team’s efforts and really proud to be a top-10 team at NCAAs,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “That’s a heck of an accomplishment, but we’re not satisfied.”


Minnesota places third at Big Tens

The Gophers women’s gymnastics team faced some adversity to start the Big Ten championships, as junior Cierra Tomson went down with an injury. Tomson, who’s competed in all four events in all but one meet this season, tweaked her upper back while warming up for vault. “I know all of our hearts kind of stopped for a second when the little mishap happened on vault,” sophomore Lindsay Mable said. Minnesota overcame the loss as best as it could and finished third at the Big Ten meet for the second consecutive year.


Gophers qualify three for NCAAs

The NCAA Zone D Championships wrote two different storylines for the Gophers. On one hand, senior Maggie Keefer advanced to her fourth consecutive NCAA meet. On the other, freshman Matt Barnard and sophomore Jessica Ramberg qualified for the first NCAA meet of their young careers. “It’s great. That was my goal for these first six months: to get through to NCAAs,” Barnard said. “Now, hopefully, I’ll get down to Austin, [Texas], and do some nice diving.”


Gophers seniors close out careers

The eight Gophers seniors made their final appearance at the Sports Pavilion last Saturday night, marking the end of an era for the men’s gymnastics team. “I know gymnastics is a sport where leadership is a big part of it,” senior Steffen Beck said. “It will be different for the guys [next season].” An influx of eight gymnasts set foot on campus three years ago. Senior Justin Morinishi said the group clicked right away.


Alvarez ends her final season with a smile

As her name echoed across the Sports Pavilion, senior Megan Alvarez stepped forward to receive her senior night bouquet. She didn’t don a gray tracksuit like the rest of the team, opting instead for business casual. Alvarez’s teammates beamed as the announcer listed her accomplishments. They didn’t include trips to the NCAA meet, career records or even Big Ten weekly honors.


Gophers bounce back on senior night

The Gophers men’s gymnastics team entered senior night at the Sports Pavilion fresh off a disappointing loss to Penn State. Minnesota rebounded in a big way with a victory over Iowa and Brockport on Saturday — the team’s fourth first-place finish of the season. The Gophers finished with 427.75 points. Iowa was close behind with 426.45, and Brockport was a distant third with 184.7. “In the last event, [Iowa] almost pulled it off, so it was nerve-racking,” Minnesota head coach Mike Burns said. “We hung on, though.”


Gophers divers prep for NCAA Zones

For senior diver Sarah McCrady, the difference between Big Ten champion and Big Ten runner-up came down to her final dive. “I normally come in clutch on the last dive if I have to,” McCrady said. McCrady and nine other Gophers divers will be looking for similar performances at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. “This meet really is all about consistency,” senior Maggie Keefer said. “Not who can do the best dives.”


Russell closes career with class

It’s never been clear whether a person’s genes or upbringing influences their development more. For senior gymnast Dusti Russell, a case could be made for both. Russell was born into a family of gymnasts, and both of her parents coach gymnastics. Her mom took her to the gym two weeks after she was born. “Since I was young, [my siblings and I] grew up playing around in the gym,” Russell said. A little less than 22 years later, she captains and competes for the No. 12 Gophers women’s gymnastics team.


Russell closes career with class

It’s never been clear whether a person’s genes or upbringing influences their development more. For senior gymnast Dusti Russell, a case could be made for both. Russell was born into a family of gymnasts, and both of her parents coach gymnastics. Her mom took her to the gym two weeks after she was born. “Since I was young, [my siblings and I] grew up playing around in the gym,” Russell said. A little less than 22 years later, she captains and competes for the No. 12 Gophers women’s gymnastics team.