Women take 10th at NCAA championshipsThe Gophers had second-place finishers in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1-meter diving.Emily DunkerHaley Spencer swims the women’s 100-yard breaststroke Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center. Nate GotliebMarch 25, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s swimming and diving team capped one of its best seasons ever Saturday with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.The top-10 finish was the third in program history and the first since 2011. Twelve Minnesota swimmers and divers earned All-America honors during the weekend.“Just being top-10 at the NCAA [championships] is an accomplishment that not a lot of people get to do,” senior captain Haley Spencer said.Georgia won its fifth NCAA championship, accruing 477 team points. Two-time defending champion California (393 points), Tennessee (325.5), Texas A&M (323.5) and Arizona (311) rounded out the top five.Minnesota (141 points) was the top Big Ten finisher, followed by Indiana (115), Wisconsin (65) and Purdue (44).The Gophers came out flat early in the championships, struggling in both relay and individual events, head coach Kelly Kremer said.Still, the Gophers finished the first day of the championships in 10th place, due in large part to junior diver Maggie Keefer’s second-place finish in 1-meter diving.Keefer had another strong showing Friday, finishing sixth in 3-meter diving despite a low score on her third dive of the event.“I knew from the take-off that it wasn’t going to end up so well,” Keefer said of the dive. “I was a little disappointed, but it didn’t really affect the rest of my performance.” Spencer capped her Minnesota career with an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday and a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke Saturday.Spencer was in seventh place heading into the final 50 yards, but a strong final lap propelled her into second.“It’s nothing new for me,” she said. “It’s the way I swim.”While no other Minnesota swimmer or diver besides Spencer and Keefer cracked the top five in an event, many made modestcontributions.Sophomore distance swimmer Kiera Janzen took 15th in the 500 freestyle Thursday and 11th in the 1,650 freestyle Saturday, despite battling illness throughout the championships.“I wasn’t sure really how her mile [1,650 freestyle] would go,” Kremer said. “I think physically she wasn’t 100 percent, and she sure toughed one out. She was as tough as you can be.”Sophomore Becca Weiland finished 12th in the 100 butterfly, and junior Sarah McCrady took 16th in platform diving.The Gophers were also relatively successful in relay events. Minnesota’s 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams took 13th, eighth and ninth, respectively, and its 200 and 400 medley relay teams took 11th and 10th, respectively.
Sharing is caring! 229 Views one comment Fourteen (14) people are now more competent in Phlebotomy after graduating from a four-week Phlebotomy Training Course organized by Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Laboratory on Friday 15 May 2015.Phlebotomy, as defined by WebMD, is a procedure that removes blood from the body.The PMH Laboratory’s Certificate of Competence of Phlebotomy Program, the fourth since the program commenced in 2008, prepares students for employment as phlebotomists at hospitals, blood banks and private clinics, Jennifer Laville explained at the graduation ceremony.“Students learn various skills, such as venipuncture, customer relation and other related technical skills,” Laville informed. The forty-hour phlebotomy course, broken down into two units, promotes retention of key concepts through interactive lectures, multi-media presentations, group discussions and activities.Acting laboratory superintendent Walter Jones noted that the process of removing blood from the body is a “very traumatic event” for most people, hence the importance of ensuring that the competencies required by people performing the procedures are according to standard.“We ensured that we had a good blend of practical and theoretical lectures and to ensure that people know exactly what they are doing. What we want is that the patient would have a good experience,” Jones said.He added that the overall objective is to ensure that the trained personnel help patients have “a pleasant experience”.“Most of you would recognize that many people start feeling the pain even before they come to the laboratory to have the blood taken”.“We want to make sure and we want to sort of even guarantee that people who come would not be traumatized, that it would be a good experience and hence the reason why we embarked on this training program,” Jones added.The participants of the training were both from the public service and private sector, Jones indicated.“What we found is this is a growing profession and it’s our fourth cohort and we are very excited about that,” he stated.Photographs compliments The Health Promotion Resource Unit: – / 15 Share Tweet LocalNews 14 complete Phlebotomy training by: Dominica Vibes News – May 19, 2015 Share Share