BROOKINGS, South Dakota, January 28. HELD to just a trio of event titles, the University of North Dakota women's swimming and diving team fell to South Dakota State 171-129 on Friday evening in Brookings, S.D.
Coming away with top marks for the Fighting Sioux was the 400 free relay team of Devonne Dalin (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.), Kara Fisher (So., Fergus Falls, Minn.), Kaitlin Bolinske (Fr., Williston, N.D.), and Kelsey Richels (Fr., Wahpeton, N.D.), who clocked in with a time of 3:35.00. Richels also picked up an individual event title with a time of 1:55.11 in the 200 free and placed second in the 500 free (5:11.90). Junior Megan Keidel (Bismarck, N.D.) picked up UND's third win with a score of 255.90 on the 3-meter.
Freshman Morgan Lynch (Elk River, Minn.) placed second in the 1000 free (10:43.55) and third in the 500 free (5:15.44) and sophomore Veronica Medon (Huntsville, Ontario) took second in the 100 back (59.47), the 200 back (2:07.81), and the 200 IM (2:13.81).
Junior Caitlin Conci (Craig, Colo.) nabbed a close second-place finish in the 200 fly (2:14.11), and was followed by freshmen Madison Porter (Dickinson, N.D.) in third (2:16.86) and Gabrielle Bunten (Forest Lake, Minn.) in fourth (2:23.56). Conci also placed second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.19.
Fisher and Dalin finished 2-3 in the 50 free with times of 24.77 and 24.91, respectively. The pair finished in the same fashion in the 100 free with Fisher clocking in at 53.46 and Dalin at 53.53.
In the 200 breast, Merwin placed second with a time of 2:27.49 followed by senior Rachel Lee (Corvallis, Ore.) in third (2:29.72).
On the 3-meter, senior Stephenie Varichak (Fridley, Minn.) took third (247.55) followed by freshman Rachael Waldbillig (Circle Pines, Minn.) in fourth (240.65). Varichak then took second on the 1-meter (247.55) followed in suit by Keidel in third-place (247.15) and Waldbillig in fourth (232.05).
The Fighting Sioux will wrap up the regular season schedule Feb. 4-5 as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Minnesota Challenge. The 2011 Conference USA Championships will be held in Houston, Feb. 23-26.
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