Sarah Bacon of the Gophers took first in 1-meter diving on Thursday in the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Her winning score was 343.50 — 10 points ahead of runner-up Julia Vincent of South Carolina.

"I don't know if there is anyone tougher out there," Minnesota coach Kelly Kremer tweeted about Bacon, a sophomore from Indianapolis.

Minnesota's 400-meter medley relay placed fifth in a school record 3 minutes, 28.34 seconds.

Three U wrestlers lose

Three wrestlers for the Gophers lost in the second round of the NCAA Championships in Cleveland.

Ethan Lizak, the NCAA runner-up a year ago at 125 pounds, lost to ninth-seeded Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State 4-2 in overtime. Mitch McKee fell to top-seeded Seth Gross of South Dakota State 13-5 at 133. Nick Wanzek got pinned by fifth-seeded Alex Marinelli of Iowa in 6:15 at 165.

Hamline in D-III semis

The Hamline women's hockey team (21-4-3) will play top-seeded Norwich College (25-1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament in Norwich, Conn. Plattsburgh State (24-2-2) will face Elmira College (24-2-2) in the other semifinal.

The Pipers advanced with a 3-2 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday.

Hamline, coached by former Gopher and Olympian Natalie Darwitz, is looking to be the first MIAC team to advance to the championship game.

McGregor picks U

Centennial senior forward Lucas McGregor announced on Twitter that he has given a verbal commitment to the Gophers men's hockey team. A Mr. Hockey finalist, McGregor helped lead the Cougars to the Class 2A state tournament, where they lost 6-3 to eventual champion Minnetonka in the semifinals. The 5-11, 161-pound McGregor had 29 goals this season.

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•Minnesota State Mankato senior forward C.J. Suess was named the WCHA player of the year. Suess, of Forest Lake, won the conference scoring title. He had 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 28 league games.

•Augsburg forward Collin Olmscheid was named the NCAA Division II West Region player of the year. He led the MIAC in scoring, averaging 21.1 points.