BROOKINGS, South Dakota, December 10. DESPITE the South Dakota State University swim teams winning four individual titles and breaking a total of eight school records Satuday afternoon, the men fell to Wisconsin-Green Bay, 149-113, at the Stanley J. Marshall HPER Center Pool in Brookings, while the women's swim team lost, 216-81.
South Dakota State senior Chad Thomsen had another stellar day in the pool as he posted victories in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, as well as, the 100-yard butterfly. Thomsen, a Canada native, shattered his own record time in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a winning time of 55:81 seconds. He also won the 200-yard breastroke in a record time of 2 minutes, 02.97 seconds. The previous record was set in 1999 by Bo Meredith, who clocked a time of 2:05.67. Thomsen closed out his record setting day by breaking Benji Erickson's 2004 record in the 100 breakstroke. He clocked a time of 51.84 in a first-place finish. Erickson's previous record was 52.50
Thomsen was also part of SDSU's 200-yard medley team which opened Saturday's competition with a second-place effort and new school record. The team of Chris Holzwarth, Thomsen, Mark Garrigues and Mario Polito clocked a time of 1:36.81 to break their previous record of 1 minute, 38.22 seconds.
SDSU's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hadleigh Tyler, Brad Peters, Cade Roberts and Chris Holzwarth closed out the meet by shattering another school record. The tandem finished the race in 3:17.00. The previous record of 3:37.33 was set in 2001.
Josh Mueller, a Sioux Falls native, claimed first-place honors in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:16.72 seconds, while also posting a runner-up performance in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.32. The sophomore placed second in the 400 individual medley.
Freshman Mario Polito finished second overall in the 50-yard freestyle competition. The Washington native, broke the event record with a time of 21.72. The previous mark of 21.74 was held by Patrick Hanchin in 2000.
Garrigues won the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:16.20. He finished in second place in the 200 freestyle by recording a time of 1 minute, 45.49 seconds. Holzwarth and Roberts also finished second overall in their respective events. Holzwalth posted a time of 55.99 in the 100 backstroke and then placed second overall in the 500-yard freestyle. Roberts finished with a time of 1:00.07 in the 100 breaststroke.
On the women's side, the loss overshadowed record-setting performances from sophomore Mallory Onisk and the Jackrabbit 200-yard medley relay team.
Onisk, a sophomore from Bear, Del., lowered her own record time in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking a runner-up time of 4 minutes, 42.38 seconds. She also won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 10.67 second. Onisk was also part of SDSU's 200-yard medley quartet which opened Saturday's competition with a second-place effort and new school record. The team of Mariah Pavlicek, Kim Iverson, Onisk and Rachel Musser clocked a time of 1:53.96 to break their previous record of 1 minute, 54.20 seconds, set earlier this season.
SDSU's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kayleigh Boucher, Chelsea Colborn, Nicki Lewis and Musser closed the meet with a second-place showing in 3:43.89.
Pavlicek, a Bettendorf, Iowa, native, claimed runner-up honors in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.50 seconds, while also posting a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Musser added a pair of runner-up finishes on the day. She placed second with a time of 25:38 in the 50-yard freestyle and clocked a time of 54:71 in the 100 freestyle.
Colborn and Emily Tschetter also finished second overall in their respective events. Colborn posted a time of 1:02.34 in the 100 butterfly and Tschetter finished with a time of 2:29.36 in the 200 breaststroke.
South Dakota State, 1-4 on the year, will be back in action Jan. 3-10 in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Winter Training Trip. Start time has yet to be determined.
South Dakota State will be back in action Jan. 3-10 in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Winter Training Trip. Start time has yet to be determined.