USD swimming and diving wins The University of South Dakota men's swimming and diving team scored 1,065 points to win the Get to the Point Invitational, held Jan. 25-26, on the campus of Wisconsin-Steven's Pointe. The South Dakota women's team was fifth, scoring 372 points.
Freshman Noah Pav-lakovich won the 400-yard IM in 4:17.09, with sophomore Charles Scribner second, finishing in 4:20.10. South Dakota also had the top-two finishes in the 1650-yard free with
freshman David Degnan
winning in 16:48.62 and freshman sophomore Dustin Tomhave of Vermillion finishing second in 16:55.44. Senior Torey Melton won the 100-yard fly in :53.35, while junior Eric Dufek won the "B" heat in :54.93.
Freshman Tim Byers finished second in the 200-yard back (1:59.76), and freshman Jared Schmidt was third in the 200-yard free (1:47.78). Tomhave won the 100-yard breast "B" heat (1:03.25), and freshman Dirk Craft won the "B" heat of the 50-yard free in :22.44. The men's 400-yard free relay took second in 3:16.48, while the 200-yard medley relay finished third in 1:38.80.
For the women, sophomore, Kari Kopecky won the 50-yard free and qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships with a :24.87 finish. Sophomore Molly Connolly was seventh (:25.53).
Freshman distance swimmer Audrey Donley qualified for the national meet as she finished third in the 1650-yard free (18:33.72). Sophomore diver Lindsey Schafer finished second in the 1-meter diving event (349.10).
South Dakota's women's 20-yard medley relay was fourth in 1:54.81.