Dustin Tomhave to transfer to Iowa State University Dustin Tomhave, son of Dennis Tomhave of Vermillion and Linda Smith of Lincoln, NE, has been a member of the USD swimming and diving team for the past three years. He plans on foregoing his final year of eligibility and is transferring to Iowa State University to complete a degree in mechanical engineering.
Tomhave started competitive swimming at age 11 with the Vermillion Area Swim Team under the direction of Coach Ron Allen, who is also coach of the USD swimming and diving team. After many very good seasons with the Vermillion Area Swim Team, in which he had many high placings at the South Dakota State Swimming Championships, Tomhave decided to give college swimming a try.
When Tomhave first started at The University of South Dakota, he was just an average swimmer, an asset to the team with plenty of ability, but was not expected to make the North Central Conference Championships team. As the season progressed, however, Tomhave improved a great deal and ultimately won a spot on the conference team.
At the 2001 North Central Conference Championships, Tomhave placed 11th in the 500 yard freestyle, 10th in the 200 yard breaststroke, won the consolation race to place ninth in the 100 yard breaststroke, and placed seventh in the 1650 yard freestyle.
At the North Central Conference Championships there are preliminaries for each event, so just to qualify for points swimmers need to finish in the top 16. Qualifiers 9 through 16 compete for the consolation championship and qualifiers 1 through 8 for the top places. For his hard work and excellent showing at the conference championships, Tomhave was voted the 2000-2001 USD Swimming and Diving "Most Improved Male Swimmer."
During the 2001-2002 season, Tomhave again had to compete for a spot on the conference team, which he accomplished quite easily. The 2002 North Central Conference Championships were the highlight of Tomhave's swimming career. Again he won the consolation race to place ninth in the 100 yard breaststroke, placed seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke, fifth in the 500 yard freestyle, and second in the 1650 yard freestyle. His times in the 1650, 1000, and 500 yard freestyle events place him sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, in USD history.
With his conference spot pretty much assured, Tomhave again swam great during the 2002-2003 season. In February, he was selected by KDLT News as the "McDonald's Athlete of the Week." KDLT aired a very nice story on Tomhave and he appeared live on Mark Ovenden's weekly sports show.
At the 2003 North Central Conference Championships, Tomhave won the consolation race to place ninth in the 500 yard freestyle, eighth in the 100 yard breaststroke, seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke, and third in the 1650 yard freestyle.