Heinz, Murman, Schafer, Gray earn honors

Heinz, Murman, Schafer, Gray earn honors The University of South Dakota swimming and diving team swept the North Central Conference Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week awards, according to an announcement today by the league office.

Abby Heinz and John Murman were named the NCC men's and women's Swimmers of the Week, respectively, while Lindsey Schafer and Dan Gay were honored as NCC men's and women's Divers of the Week, respectively.

Heinz, a freshman from Sergeant Bluff, IA, had a record-breaking day Saturday as South Dakota competed with Truman State in a pair of duals at the DakotaDome.

Heinz set 100 butterfly school and pool records (1:06.51) in winning the event during the morning dual with Truman State. Heinz then reset a school record in the 100 butterfly, recording a 1:05.90 in the afternoon competition. However, she finished second as Meredith Rocha of Truman State edged her, setting a pool record of 1:05.56. Also in the afternoon dual meet, Heinz won the 100 individual medley, clocking a 1:10.45, and was second in the butterfly (1:05.90).

In addition, Heinz was also a member of the winning 500-freestyle relay (5:27.85). In the morning competition, Heinz was third in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.55 and member of the first-place 200-meter freestyle relay (1:53.19) and the second-place 200 medley relay (1:06.59). In the dual meets, the USD women's team lost to Truman State, 162-105 and 123-94.

Murman, a sophomore from Lincoln, NE, had a 50 freestyle national qualifying time and was a member of a record-breaking relay to help South Dakota to a 2-1 dual record in competition at the DakotaDome on Saturday, which featured Iowa and Truman State.

During the afternoon dual with Truman State, Murman had a "B" qualifying standard for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships as he won the 50 freestyle in :24.12. In addition, Murman helped the USD men's 400 medley relay set a school record by clocking a 4:01.35 (finishing second to Truman State, 4:01.30). Murman also was a member of the winning 500 freestyle relay (4:49.85).

In the morning competition (duals with Iowa and Truman State), Murman led USD to a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with a clocking of 1:36.05. He also finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:59.99) and third in the 100 freestyle (53.93). USD dropped a 185-106 dual decision to Iowa and defeated Truman State, 156-132 (morning) and 120-114 (afternoon).

Schafer, a senior from Mandan, ND, qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on the one-meter board and also won the three-meter competition during a pair of dual meets with Truman State Saturday. She won the 1-meter competition with a score of 373.05 and the 3-meter board with a score of 411.75 points.

Gay, a sophomore from Fairbury, NE, won the 1-meter board with 414.90 points and the 3-meter board with 422.18 points in a dual with Iowa and two duals against Truman State.

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