Ten Gophers will compete in the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, a four-day meet starting Wednesday in Indianapolis.
Kierra Smith, a senior, won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2015 before taking last year off to compete for Canada in the Olympics.
Senior Yu Zhou, one of three Minnesota divers competing, was the 3-meter diving champion in 2015 and was second in platform last year.
“It’s a team with a lot of experience, and a lot of big meet experience behind them,” Minnesota head coach Kelly Kremer said. “A lot of them were at U.S. Olympic Trials. Kierra was at the Olympic Games last summer. On the diving side, you can’t beat the divers that we’re taking.”
U softball plays Cal
The Gophers softball team (22-2), ranked No. 8 this week in the USA Today/NFCA poll, will play at No. 23 Cal-Berkeley (16-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday as it nears the end of a long road trip during which it is 4-2 so far.
Sara Groenewegen, the Gophers’ top pitcher, is 10-1 with a 0.71 ERA and 90 strikeouts. The senior needs only three more strikeouts to reach 1,000 in her career.
Sydney Dwyer, a sophomore first baseman, leads the Gophers in RBI with 32 — one shy of her season total last season.
• Gophers goalie Eric Schierhorn, a sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, was named the Big Ten’s third star of the week. He gave up one goal as Minnesota beat Michigan State 4-0 and tied the Spartans 1-1. He stopped 50 shots in the two games.
• Minnesota State Mankato’s Marc Michaelis was named the WCHA’s rookie of the year and teammate Daniel Brickley the conference’s defensive player of the year.