Freshman Lexy Ramler won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award on Saturday, but Minnesota couldn't take home the Big Ten Championship trophy in Champaign, Illinois.
When the 400-yard medley relay starts at the NCAA championships, freshman Tom Donker will be the first in the water for Minnesota.
Minnesota finished third at the Big Five meet in New Brunswick, New Jersey, scoring 195.150. The team competed against No. 7 Michigan, Iowa, No. 25 Penn State and Rutgers — four Big Ten teams Minnesota had not yet faced.
No. 6 Minnesota faced No. 11 California on senior day, and it hoped to end its home portion of the season with a victory. The Gophers did just that by defeating the Golden Bears 411.150-388.550 on Sunday.
No. 16 Minnesota finished 10th in the overall standings with a score of 157. No. 1 Stanford won the title for the second consecutive year.
Five Gophers' swimmers qualified for the NCAA championships. On the women's team: sophomore Sarah Bacon, sophomore Kristen Hayden and junior Morgan Justus will participate in the women's NCAA championships. Junior Alan LeBlang and junior Nick Yang will compete in the men's NCAA championships.
When senior Joel Gagnon was in middle school, he did a research project on Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean. Gagnon said that research project inspired him to choose aerospace engineering as his major in college. Like Gagnon, MacLean was also a gymnast.
The Gophers won in Chicago without Wiskus and Herzog, defeating the Flames by a final score of 386.050 to 354.900.
With the meet coming down to the final event, the Gophers needed sophomore Paige Williams to hit a floor routine that would complete Minnesota's comeback against Arizona State on Saturday night. Williams received a score of 9.900, which was enough for the Gophers (7-6, 3-4 Big Ten) to top the Sun Devils (4-7, 3-3 Pac 12) 196.675 to 196.525.
When sophomore Ivy Lu started competing for Minnesota, she said the most difficult thing for her to do was describe her techniques at practice. Lu is from Montreal, Canada. She speaks three languages: Mandarin Chinese, French and English. She was not used to training in English before coming to the University.