The Gophers were in fifth place with 133 points Thursday after two days of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Michigan leads with 316 points. Host Indiana is second with 237. Ohio State (170 points) is third and Purdue (144) fourth.
"We've had some nice performances," Gophers coach Kelly Kremer said. "It's been a good start to the meet, but we're looking for some more consistency moving forward and hopefully we get some better performances as we move forward as well."
Junior Derek Toomey's third-place finish in the 50 freestyle was the top performance by a Gopher on Thursday. Toomey finished with a time of 19.42. Michigan's Bruno Ortiz won the event in 19.27.
"Derek's 50 free was great, and probably the most important thing that comes from that was the NCAA cut, so we know he's riding that now," Kremer said. "That's important for him and our team. He swam a great relay last night and he swam a great 50 tonight. He's third in the Big Ten and that's a nice finish, but I think he feels like he left one in the pool a little bit. I know he had bigger goals than that, but there's a lot of meet left for our team and for Derek. We're looking forward to more fast swimming tomorrow."
Gophers freshman Manny Pollard finished in fourth place in the 1-meter diving with a score of 360.45, the best mark a Gopher has earned all season. Indiana's Darian Schmidt won the event with a mark of 432.15.
In the final event of Thursday, the Gophers' 400 medley relay team of Andrew Hartbarger, Jared Anderson, Larry Formosa and Toomey finished sixth with a time of 3:12.65. Michigan won the event with a meet and pool record time of 3:05.42.
"There are so many events [Friday]," Kremer said. "With diving and with all the different swimming events tomorrow, our whole team gets involved. I'm excited about every event; the breaststrokes, the butterfly. We have a whole bunch of 400 IM swimmers so they're really looking forward to that; it's one of the top events tomorrow. The 200 free tomorrow, we have a few 200 free stars just sitting on the shelf getting ready to go. We get everybody involved tomorrow so it's a big day for us to be a little more consistent, hopefully get some of those top swims."MIAC Indoor track and field
Kaari Jensen of Concordia (Moorhead) won the women's pentathlon at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at St. Olaf in Northfield on Thursday.
Jensen finished with 3,352 points to outscore Carleton's Ameila Campbell, who had 3,261 points.
Gavin Yseth of St. Thomas leads the men's heptathlon after four events. Yseth has 2,631 points. Cameron Clause of Gustavus is second with 2,554 points.
The men's heptathlon will conclude Friday.