Swimming, diving teams win dual meets Nov. 18

Swimming, diving teams win dual meets Nov. 18 While The University of South Dakota men's swimming and diving team cruised to a dual win, the Coyote women won the final event of the day to post their first victory of the season.

The Coyote men's team, in registering their third straight win, gained a 153-92 win over Saint John's of Minnesota in the dual meet.

The women's team outscored Saint Benedict of Minnesota 113-100 but needed to win the 800 free relay to win the meet. The team of Sara Hamlet, Ashley Shaper, Angela Anderson and Molly Connolly did just that in 9:30.64 to clinch the Coyote victory.

"It was a well-needed win for the women," said USD head coach Ron Allen. "Both the men and women started to show toughness today. Some of the fine tuning stuff � like the turns � is getting better. Both teams are very supportive and if they continue to gain mental toughness throughout the year, they will be a very good team."

The men's team had several first place finishes including Clint Eckhardt, 800 free, 9:06.31; Ben Britton, 50 free, 25.31; Eric Dufek, 200 fly, 2:20.45; Tyler Hartl, 100 free, 53.53; and David Nelson, 200 breast, 2:29.42, as well as a pair of relays. The 200-medley relay (Jeremy Fleek, David Nelson, Eric Dufek, Ben Britton) won in 1:52.32 while the 800 free relay (Tyler Hartl, Clint Eckhardt, Jason Foster, Charles Scribner) took first in 8:21.16.

In four events, the Coyotes took the top two places including the 800 free (Eckhardt, Foster), 200 free (Scribner, Hartl), 50 free (Britton, Dufek) and 400 free (Scribner, Foster).

For the Coyote women's team, Staci Shay captured the one-meter diving title while Sara Hamlet won the 800 free in 9:55.53 and the 400 free in 4:50.35. Sara Pokela won the 200 individual medley in 2:36.77 and the 200 back in 2:31.76.

Kari Kopecky captured the 50 free in 28.27 and the 100 free in 1:03.54, and Angela Anderson won the 200 fly in 2:43.52.

The women's team finished first and second in the 800 free (Hamlet, Shaper) and the 200 individual medley (Pokela, Stensby), as well as the 800 free relay.

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