Gopher Women Host Iowa Friday

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MINNEAPOLIS –The No. 25 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team returns home Friday for a double meet with Iowa.

Competition begins at 5 p.m. at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center and admission is free. A stream of the event can be found on B1G+ (paid subscription required), while live scores will be available on GopherSports.com and the Meet Mobile app (paid subscription required).

Fans should know that the University of Minnesota hosts four separate sports competitions on campus on Fridays, so it is recommended to plan ahead and arrive on campus at least 45 minutes before the event to ensure they won’t miss a moment of action .

The Gopher Women are 5-1 in the doubles season, including 1-1 in the Big Ten. They opened the season with wins over Nebraska, South Dakota, SMU, St. Thomas and South Dakota State, but fell last Friday to Wisconsin.

Junior Megan Van Berkom was the top performer for women this season, posting the best time in four separate events: 500 freestyle (4:54.43), 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley (2:00.20) and 400 individual medley. His times of 1:58.13 in the 200 fly and 4:16.69 in the 400 IM are both NCAA “B” cuts.

Second year Hannah Cornwall (50, 100 and 200 free), seniors Joy Zhu (dive 1 and 3 meters) and Emma Lezer (100 and 200 chest), and junior Paula Rodriguez Rivero (100 and 200 back) also posted the best results in several events. In fact, Zhu has already been Big Ten Diver of the Week three times this season, winning every event she has competed in this season.

Additionally, senior Kate Sullivan (1000 free), and freshman Ava Yablonski (100 butterfly) both have the best times in their respective events.

Iowa is 1-1 in the double-game season as the Hawkeyes opened the season with a win at Northern Iowa before falling at home to Nebraska last month. Iowa entered the season with seven returning athletes and 14 newcomers, including three transfers.

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