Swimming, diving teams sweep Metropolitan State

Swimming, diving teams sweep Metropolitan State The South Dakota men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept a dual meet from Metro State of Denver at the DakotaDome swimming pool Feb. 3.

During the meet, South Dakota broke five school or pool records while Metro State also set a pool record. The South Dakota men took a 121-88 victory over Metro State while the Coyotes women's team won 89-47.

On Senior Recognition Day, senior David Nelson shined in the 100 breaststroke, breaking the school and pool record. His time of 1:06.72 broke the 1999 mark of Justin Devlin, who had a 1:06.90. In addition, South Dakota's 400-meter freestyle relay of Chuck Scribner, Tyler Hartl, Drew Fleek and Clint Eckhardt had a 3:38.25 in the 400-meter freestyle relay, which broke USD's 1991 school record of 3:42.21.

Torey Melton set a school record in winning the 200-meter butterfly. His time of 2:12.87 broke his own record of 2:14.39 set last year. Sara Pokela set a school record in winning the 200-meter backstroke. She had a career-best 2:27.61 to break her own school record of 2:29.16 set in 1999.

Metro State set a pool record in the 400-meter medley relay, breaking the mark of 4:07.01 set in 1990 by Creighton University.

South Dakota men's team took seven individual events at the dual. Besides Melton, Chad Gohman won both the 1M diving (222.75) and 3M diving (243.22 points) events. Dustin Tomhave won the 800-meter freestyle (9:08.25) while Ben Britton took the 50-meter freestyle (25.00). Scribner was first in the 200-meter IM (2:16.02) and Fleek won the 200-meter backstroke (2:13.71).

The Coyote women also won seven events including a double victory for Staci Shay in the 1M diving (206.325 points) and 3M diving (232.87 points) competition. Besides Pokela's win in the 200-meter backstroke, Kari Kopecky was first in the 50-meter freestyle (28.17), Sara Hamlet won the 200-meter freestyle (2:17.08) while Sanami Fottral was first in the 200-meter IM (2:37.92). Molly Connolly (Elkhorn, Neb.) took first in the 100-meter freestyle (1:02.06).

During the meet, South Dakota recognized their seniors, including Hamlet, Zach Devine Nelson, Dakota Tefertiller and Larry White.

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