The Gophers head into the postseason knowing they can outscore any team in the Big Ten. No. 5 Minnesota scored a Big Ten best 426.950 in its dual against Nebraska before it heads to Champaign, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships on April 7. “The score indicated that we were on our game that night, which was outstanding,” said head coach Mike Burns.
The Gophers women’s rowing team faces adversity early in the Spring season. Minnesota cannot practice in the water year round, because of the state’s weather, but the team competes against colleges in warmer states that practice outside all year. “On top of not getting water time, we also have people who really don’t have that much rowing experience,” said senior Catherine Ahrens.
The Gophers needed the third-highest score in the NCAA this season to earn a road victory. Minnesota earned a team-high score to defeat Nebraska 426.950-425.550 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday. “We started strong and we kept at it,” said head coach Mike Burns.
The Gophers’ best event this season has been one they can’t practice in their own facility. Minnesota has to go to the women’s gymnastics facility, Peik Gym, once a week to practice vault; however, the team ranks No. 2 in season average for the event via roadtonationals.com. “Some of the gymnasts were touching the beam on the ceiling [in the men’s facility],” said assistant coach Kostya Kolesnikov, who works with the gymnasts on vault.
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.