Feb. 8, 2005
Swimmer of the Week
Kate Hardt, Minnesota
JR, Carson City, Nev./Carson
Hardt competed in five events for Minnesota as the Golden Gophers hosted the Minnesota Challenge over the weekend. In her final competition before the Big Ten Championships, the junior touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.62 and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.28) and 200-yard medley relay (1:50.56) that finished second and third, respectively. Hardt, a freestyle and individual medley specialist, showed her versatility by also finishing first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.42) and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (59.59).
This is Hardt's first career weekly accolade and the first for a Minnesota swimmer since Megan Moore earned the award on Jan. 15, 2002. Minnesota diver, Jessica Livingston is the only other Gopher to be honored by the Conference this season as she claimed Diver of the Week laurels on Jan. 7.
Big Ten women's swimming and diving squads are back in action Feb. 16-19 when the teams travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the 2005 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.