Minnesota Scene: U women swimmers take big lead in Big Ten meet

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 11:38 PM

The Gophers took a 47-point lead on Thursday night over Indiana in the Big Ten women’s swimming and diving meet at the University Aquatic Center.

Minnesota had 258 points after seven events, Indiana 211. Penn State was a distant third with 157. On the second day of the meet, which goes through Saturday, the two-time defending champion Gophers took second in three individual events and one relay.

Junior Becca Weiland took second in the 50 freestyle (22.27 seconds) and led off the runner-up 200 freestyle relay (1:28.86). Samantha Harding was second in the 500 freestyle (4:38.06) and Maggie Keefer in 1-meter diving (339.05).

Ivy Martin of Wisconsin won the 50 freestyle (21.68) and led off the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:28.75). Lindsay Vrooman of Indiana won the 500 freestyle (4:36.91) and Ashley Vance of Ohio State the 200 individual medley (1:56.91).

Soccer match at U set

Manchester City and Olympiacos, two top international clubs, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the International Champions Cup, organizers officially announced on Thursday.

“The University of Minnesota and its Athletic Department are proud to be a part of such a prestigious series and to host two of the most famous clubs in the world,” Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague said in a news release.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster and at the stadium box office.

Etc.

• Minnesota United FC signed forward James Watson and re-signed goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrand. Watson played with the Orlando City SC, a USL Pro team, last season and had 10 goals and seven assists. He played part of the 2012 season with the Minnesota Stars FC on loan from Orlando City. Hildebrand played in United’s final two matches a year ago.

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