North Dakota Duals Feature Strong Swims Throughout Meet

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, October 19. North Dakota swimming put on a show with several wins in the North Dakota Duals, which featured South Dakota, Northern Colorado and Air Force.

North Dakota Press Release

The North Dakota women improved to 6-0 on the season with two more dual wins Saturday at the Hyslop Pool. UND defeated South Dakota 168-75 and beat Northern Colorado 150-93. The UND men split, beating USD handily, 190-52, and dropping a 151-86 decision to Air Force.

It was the UND 400 medley relay team of Erin Grabanski, Alexa Weyer, Danica Dutt and Steph Frey winning (3:55.94) to start the meet. Courtney Funk took the 50 freestyle (23.93) with UND boasting the top three finishes. Grabanski won the 200 IM with a 2:10.99 time. A pair of freshmen went one-two in the 200 butterfly with Gracie DiMeo (2:05.41) winning and Dutt close behind (2:08.60). The 100 fly went to Alli Schwab via her 52.42 winning time. Kristin Ainsworth won the 200 backstroke (2:07.98). Weyer won the 200 breast (2:26.30) with Nicole Stevens (2:26.34) an eyelash behind her. The 200 free relay wrapped the women’s meet, cruising to a 1:36.33 win.

UND had a runner-up in each of the women’s diving events as freshman Sawyer Murray took second from the 3-meter board (211.35) and Jen Anklan scored 236.75 to take second from the 1-meter board.

In the men’s race, Colin MacQuarrie won the 50 freestyle with his 20.97 time. Nick Lawson just missed out in the 200 backstroke (1:53.45), touching just .08 behind the winner, Kris Tillery of Air Force. Cole Birklid assumed the 500 free title with his 4:43.39 time. Austin Smith finished runner-up in the 200 breaststroke with his 2:06.89 effort. The men’s 200 free relay was the top scorer with a 1:25.09 time.

Clayton Metcalf continued a solid weekend with a third-place finish in the 1-meter dive (244.65) and fourth in the 3-meter (246.05).

North Dakota heads to the University of Minnesota next Friday.

South Dakota Press Release

South Dakota sophomores Greysen Hertting and Sam Schutt each earned three wins during two days of competition to lead Coyote performers in a double dual meet at the Hyslop Aquatics Center in Grand Forks. The Coyote women dropped North Dakota, 168-75, and Northern Colorado, 150-93. On the men’s side, South Dakota fell to North Dakota, 190-52, and Air Force, 164-73, in the double dual.

Hertting swept the one- and three-meter dives during the second day of competition. She recorded 256.55 points for the three-meter, 45 points ahead of runner-up Sawyer Murray of North Dakota. Hertting won the one-meter dive on day two with 242.60 points. She also won the one-meter dive on Friday.

Schutt clocked in at 1:53.24 to win the women’s 200-yard freestyle Saturday. She also placed third in the 100-yard free (53.22 seconds) and anchored the fourth-place 400-yard medley relay (4:04.79). Joining Schutt on the relay were junior Hannah Veselik, sophomore Tayler Kirtley and freshman Kassidie Cornell. Friday, Schutt recorded individual wins in the 200-yard and 500-yard free.

Both the men’s and women’s 200-yard freestyle relays took second during day two. The women’s relay, consisting of senior Torie Buberl, sophomore Allie Pfauth, and freshmen Kellee Lekavy and Emily Lundstrom recorded a mark of 1:39.69. For the men, seniors Nick Schutt and Blake Frederick and juniors Ean Kiddoo and Nate Tystahl combined for an overall time of 1:28.20.

Coyote senior Nick Schutt recorded the men’s top individual finish after placing third in the 50-yard free. Schutt clocked in at 21.15 seconds.

South Dakota returns to the pool Oct. 24-25 with road trips to Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

Northern Colorado Press Release

The Northern Colorado Swim and Dive team competed this weekend at the University of North Dakota in a dual meet against the University of North and South Dakota. The Bears would come away in the weekend with a 2-2 record beating South Dakota on both days and losing to North Dakota both days.

“This was a tough weekend for the girls, with lots of events swam, and a long time at the pool both days” said head coach Kelly McClanahan. “The bottom line is the girls are racing and giving it their very best, and I cannot wait to see what they bring Monday against Nebraska-Omaha.”

On the diving side of the meet, UNC would see a lot of high scores from the sophomore duo of Savanna Meadows and Taylor Walsh on the first day. Meadows would place fourth (222.75) and Walsh would place fifth (222.10) in the one meter dive. In the three meter dive, Meadows would take the crown scoring a 248.60.

In the swimming events on the first day, UNC would pick up their first win of the match from sophmore Carleigh Barrett who took first place in the 1000 yard free with a time of 10:28.42. Barrett would also take second place in the 500 yard free with a time of 5:03.92.

Later in the meet, UNC would grab second place in the 50 free with a time of 24.22 by freshman Valeria Mihhailova. Mihhailova would also place second in the 100 yard backstroke posting a time of 58.66.

The highlight of the first day came when the 400 yard free relay team of Sydney Kovar, Valeria Mihhailova,Brenna Boese, and Kimberly Kuni took first place with a time of 3:35.37, ending the meet on a high.

“Carleigh had an excellent meet, winning 5 of her 6 events,” said McClanahan. “She’s a tough and very smart swimmer, and I look to see her do big things in the pool this year.”

On the second day of diving Walsh would place third in the one meter dive with a score of 229.65 and junior Haley Schneider would grab a fourth place finish with a score of 210.40. In the three meter Walsh would grab another third place finish with a score of 208.25.

“Haley had a great 1M today, and Taylor had excellent 1 and 3M both days,” said dive coach Mark Murdock. “The diving competition was tough and we have a lot of skills to perfect, but season is young and there is plenty of time to make that happen before conference.”

During the second day of swimming, Barrett would pick up two first place finish, with one in the 1650 free with a time of 17:35.68 and the 500 free with a time of 5:09.45.Barrett would also pick up a fourth place finish on the day in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:09.67.

“Overall it was a successful weekend,” said McClanahan, “We have never swam University of South Dakota, so it’s good to see them. They are strong team, and a win against them is good for the girls.”

Bears are back in the pool Monday Oct. 20 at Butler-Hancock against Nebraska-Omaha starting at 5pm.

Air Force Press Release

Air Force won a pair of dual meets, defeating both North Dakota (138.00-99.00) and South Dakota (161.00-76.00) on Friday, Oct. 17, in Grand Forks, N.D.

The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Devon Davis, Michael Barnosky, Kevin Mitchell and Jordan Dahle place first with a 1:31.13. The team of Joey Gebhart, Zach Knoche, Sean Ledford and Robby Graves was third with a 1:34.76.

Air Force swept the 1000-yard freestyle as Andrew Faciszewski was first (9:29.72), while Alex Strom was second (9:40.99) and Kevin Jackson was third (9:46.17). Dahle was second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.38) while junior George Frank was third (1:41.45). Senior Ryan Dunne won the 50-yard freestyle (20.89). Faciszewski won the 400-yard IM (4:05.06) while Garrett Glaudini was third (4:09.98).

Frank won the 100-yard freestyle (45.94) while Dahle was second (45.98). Dunne won the 100-yard butterfly (49.49) while Kevin Pollard was second (50.95). Barnosky was the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 55.73.

Air Force swept the 100-yard backstroke as Davis was first (49.78), Joey Gebhart (52.32), and Kris Tillery was third (52.36)

In diving, junior Nathaniel Zillweger won the one-meter event with 345.20 points while his teammate, junior Dominic Vallejo was second (281.95). Zillweger was second in the three-meter with 268.20.

Air Force, North Dakota and South Dakota square off again on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in Grand Forks, N.D.

Results: North Dakota vs. South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado vs. Air Force