Minnesota's Bryant Crowned NCAA Three-Meter Diving Champion

March 19, 2010

Day Two Results

Minnesota sophomore Kelci Bryant became only the second NCAA champion in Gopher women’s swimming and diving history after capturing the three-meter crown at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday.

Bryant, a product of Chatham, Ill., smashed her own school record compiling 415.50 points to eclipse the 400-point mark for the first time in her career and shatter her previous record of 394.45. After earning national runner-up honors in the lower springboard competition on Thursday, Bryant headed into the three-meter final in fourth place after the preliminary round. The individual title positions Bryant in elite company in Golden Gopher history as she joins Gretchen Hegener, who captured gold in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1997.

The Gophers continue to pace the Big Ten contingent through 14 scored events on the strength of three top-10 finishes on Day Two. Jillian Tyler and Haley Spencer placed fourth and 10th, respectively in the 200-yard freestyle to help Minnesota maintain its position at 11th place in the team standings with 79 points.

The Indiana Hoosiers jumped 10 spots on the team leaderboard, compiling 77 tallies to move into 13th place heading into the third day of competition. Senior Kate Fesenko led IU with a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 51.15 to post a new Big Ten record and the fastest non-converted time in school history. The Hoosiers also collected a pair of top-10 finishes on the strength of Ashley Jones’ seventh-place showing in the 400 individual medley (4:10.58) and a fifth-place effort in the 800 freestyle relay.  Donna Smailis, Brittany Strumbel, Margaux Farrell  and Nikki White combined for a record-breaking time of 7:02.96 in the final event of the evening, surpassing the previous school record by nearly two seconds.

Wisconsin raked in 41 points during Friday’s evening session of finals and currently sit in 14th place with 64 points overall. Badger junior Maggie Meyer collected All-America accolades after taking sixth place in the 100 back with a time of 52.38. Earlier in the evening, Meyer also contributed to UW’s fifth-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay as the Badgers improved on their preliminary time by nearly a full second to touch the wall in 1:37.68. 

Michigan completed the second day of competition with 50 team points, good enough for 15th place. The Wolverines are followed closely by Purdue (42) and Ohio State (29), who sit in 16th- and 18th place, respectively.

U-M senior Margaret Kelly earned her second All-America honor in as many days with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.  The Ann Arbor, Mich., native posted a career best time of 52.31 in the event final, which also ranks as the second best in program history.

NCAA action concludes Saturday,  March 20. Preliminary competition is slated to begin at 11 a.m., with the finals commencing at 7 p.m.

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                   
  1. Stanford, 266.5  
  2. Georgia, .5
  3. Arizona, 259.5  
  4. California, 256
  5. Florida, 236  
  6. Texas A&M,  216
  7. Southern California, 169  
  8. Virginia, 110
  9. Texas, 87.5 
 10. Auburn, 87
 11. Minnesota, 79 
 13. Indiana, 77 
 14. Wisconsin, 64
 15. Michigan, 50 
 16. Purdue, 42
 18. Ohio State, 29