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Minnesota's Kelci Bryant finished third in the 3-meter springboard competition at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bryant was the top USA finisher, tallying 333.60 points. She will represent the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, in July.
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Minnesota All-America diver Kelci Bryant will be among the 47 Olympians to compete in the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend. Bryant will compete in the 3-meter springboard competition on Friday.
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The Big Ten Conference was well represented at the 2011 NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Texas at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The Golden Gophers led all Big Ten teams competing at the national event, tallying 192 points to earn ninth place, collecting their best finish and scoring the most team points at the national meet in Gopher history.
Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer highlighted the final day of competition with a winning performance in the 200- yard backstroke. Minnesota's Kelci Bryant was the first of three Gophers to claim a national title at this year's championships. Bryant, a product of Chatham, Ill., compiled 349.65 points to win the one-meter title. Gopher senior Jillian Tyler collected her first national title in the 100-yard breaststroke.Teammate Haley Spencer captured the NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke, giving the Gophers their third individual title of the championships. Spencer won the event in a career-best time of 2:06.12 seconds.
Penn State newcomer Chelsea Weedman was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Meyer earned the nod as Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. Tyler was named the Swimmer of the Championships while Bryant received Big Ten Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships laurels after sweeping the springboard events at the conference meet for the second consecutive year. Indiana head general Ray Looze was voted Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Hoosiers to their third-straight Big Ten Championship and fourth in the past five seasons. Hawkeye mentor Rob Rydze received Diving Coach of the Year recognition from his peers.
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University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announce today the promotion of Kelly Kremer as the new men's and women's swimming and diving coach of the Gophers. Kremer is a 13-year veteran of the Minnesota staff.
"I'm very excited about the direction that this decision will take our Minnesota swimming and diving program, " said Kremer. "Ultimately, this will give our program a common focus and I truly believe this is best for our student-athletes and their swimming or diving experience here at Minnesota."
The combining of the Gopher swimming and diving programs comes after successful campaigns for both the men and the women during the past season, including the Gopher women's ninth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Kremer also guided the Gopher men to a 15th place in the national meet, extending the streak to 19 seasons with Minnesota placing in the top 15 at the national event.
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After winning the national title in the 100-meter breaststroke, Minnesota's Jillian Tyler continues her winning ways as she won the same event at the Canadian World Championships in Victory on Thursday. Tyler took first-place in a personal-best time of 1:07.56, the fiftfastest time in the world this year. The victory earns her a spot on the Canadian Team for the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China this July.
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Indiana's Ashley Jones and Taylor Wohrley, along with Penn State's Amy Modglin and Wisconsin's Ashley Wanland will represent the United States as they compete in the 2011 World University Games, Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China. The Big Ten boasts the second highest competitiors with four, behind the Pac-12 with eight.
Known internationally as the Summer Universiade, the multi-sport event takes place every two years and is considered the second largest international competition behind the Olympic Games. It boasts competitors from around the world and is open to student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are less than one year removed from college or its equivalent.
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The conference office announced on Tuesday the 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners as voted on by the conference's coaches. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Minnesota's Kelci Bryant was a unanimous pick for Diver of the Year after winning the award last season.
Meyer won the NCAA 200-yard backstroke title in a time of 1:50.76, setting a new school record. After ending the season undefeated in the event, the senior also recorded the fastest time in the country this year. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native earned Wisconsin's first women's individual national title in program history. Meyer ended the 2011 NCAA meet as a six-time All-American and earned 18 All-America or honorable mention All-America accolades throughout the course of her career. Meyer's award is the seventh in Badger history and first since Yo Ying Siow accomplished the feat in 2007.
After earning the national title in the three-meter springboard last season, Bryant captured the one-meter diving title during this year's NCAA Championships with a score of 349.65, becoming the first two-time national champion in Gopher history. For her performance at the national two-day event, Bryant was named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Diver of the Championships. The first-team All-Big Ten honoree also earned Diver of the Championships accolades earlier this season as she took the conference titles in both springboard events.