The Madness of March
As tournament time hit its peak, Gopher teams were competing all over the country in late March. Right here at home, the women's hockey team celebrated another national championship, defeating Harvard 4-1 March 22 at a sold-out and raucous Ridder Arena. It was Minnesota's sixth national title and third in the last four years.
In men's hockey, the Gophers beat Ohio State and Michigan to win the Big Ten Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament, but they fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth 4-1 the following weekend at the Northeast Regional.
The women's basketball team bowed out in the first round of the NCAA tourney, losing to DePaul 79-72 at South Bend, Indiana, but still finishing the season with 23 wins. The wrestling team finished eighth in the NCAA Championships, led by three wrestlers who finished in fourth place. It was the 22nd time in the last 27 years that the Gophers have finished in the top 10. And the women's swimming and diving team finished 12th at the NCAA Championships. Kierra Smith won a title in the 200 breaststroke, and Yu Shou was named NCAA Diver of the Year.
The women’s gymnastics team finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, and junior Lindsay Mable was named the 2015 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. The men's team finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, and senior Ellis Mannon won the pommel horse title for the second year in a row.