March 18, 2011
Minnesota junior Kelci Bryant captured the 1-meter diving national title at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Austin, Texas on Thursday. Bryant gathered 349.65 points to win the crown.
After six events in the books, the Gophers pace all Big Ten teams in eighth place with 67 team points, followed by Wisconsin at 56 and Ohio State at No. 16 with 18 points. After day one, Indiana sits at No. 20 while Penn State and Michigan are tied at No. 26 on the team leaderboard. Purdue rounds out the conference contingent at No. 29 with five team points.
The Gophers began the two-day event strong, earning seven All-America honors including Ashley Steenvoorden's fourth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, in a time of 4:37.11. The foursome of Hannah Whitehead, Jillian Tyler, Kaylee Jamison and Alison Eggers captured All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay in a season-best time of 3:32.67. Tyler is the sixth Gopher to swim on an All-America relay for four straight years.
Wisconsin's team of Beckie Thompson, Maggie Meyer, Rebecka Palm and Ruby Martin finished sixth in the finals of the 200-free relay with a time of 1:28.67, earning the Badgers first All-American honors of the event.
Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez finished fourth on the 1-meter springboard to earn All-American honors for the fifth time in her career. Alvarez finished 325.15 points on the event.
Day two of the NCAA Championships will begin with preliminary events of the 200-yard medley relay, 400-individual medley, 100-butterfly, 200-freestyle, 100-breaststroke, 100-backstroke and 3-meter diving. Finals of the previous mentioned events will begin at 7 p.m. CT.