May 29, 2007

Golden Gophers at the National level...

Baseball - Time for Gopher Nation to get on a plane for San Diego. After finishing 2nd in the Big Ten regular standings then losing to Ohio State in the B10 Tournament championship game, Minnesota earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota is a #3 seed in the 4-team San Diego regional, they will face perennial power Cal-State Fullerton on Friday. This appears to be a difficult regional but the Gophers advancing to the Super Regionals is not out of the question.

  • #1-San Diego (43-16) - ranked #4 in the country according to Baseball America and is seeded 8th overall in the NCAA tournament.
  • #2-Cal State Fullerton (33-23) - finished 5th in the Big West at 10-11, but don't let that fool you as they are in a very competitive conference and this will be a good test for the Gophers. I'll look deeper into CSF with a minor preview later this week.
  • #3-Minnesota (40-16) - 2nd in the Big Ten and played in their 7th consecutive Big Ten conference Championship game.
  • #4-Fresno State (36-27) - back to back WAC Tournament Champs.
Gopher Golf in Virginia - if you can't make it to San Diego (or if you are just waiting for Omaha) you can represent Gopher Nation in Williamsburg, Virginia to watch the Golden Gopher Men's golf team compete in the NCAA Championships. After winning a playoff over Texas A&M at the regionals the golden golfers advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 27th time in team history. The 2002 NCAA Champs and after a 3rd place finish in 2006 they will have some ground to make up after finishing 10th in the regional, but stranger things have happened.

Men's and Women's Track athletes who have earned automatic berths into the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento (June 6-9). At large berths will be announces later this week...

Derek Gearman - Triple Jump
Adam Schnaible - Shot Put

Ruby Radocaj - Javelin
Heather Dornidin - 800M - set Regional record
Emily Brown - 3000M Steeplechase
Liz Podominick - Discus
Liz Alabi - Shot Put

Congrats to the Golden Gopher rowing squad for their 6th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

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