USD men edge Truman, women’s team drops dual

USD men edge Truman, women's team drops dual The University of South Dakota men's swimming and diving team improved its dual record to 10-2 with a 120-114 decision over Truman State on Saturday afternoon. The USD women dropped a 123-94 decision to Truman State and fell to 8-4 in duals this season.

The dual meet completed a full day of swimming and diving at USD. Earlier, the USD men's team split a pair of dual meets, losing to Iowa, 185-106; and defeating Truman State, 156-32. The USD men's team finished the day 2-1 in duals while the USD women's team was 0-2.

Five records were set in the second of two duals between USD-Truman State. In total 15 records were established in the double dual in the morning (Iowa men, Truman State men and women, USD men and women).

Records set in the second of two duals between USD and Truman State included:

Women's 1500 Free (DakotaDome Pool record), Lindsey McReynolds, Truman State, 17:45.35 (Riley, Truman State, 17:59.66, 2001).

Women's 100 Butterfly (DakotaDome Pool record), Meredith Rocha, Truman State, 1:05.56 (Abby Heinz, South Dakota, 106.51, 2004).

Women's 100 Butterfly (USD record) Heinz, South Dakota, 1:05.90 (Heinz, South Dakota, 1:06.51, 2004).

Women's 400 medley relay (DakotaDome pool record), Lija Clark-Kaleps, Brittany Anderson, Meredith Rocha, Sue Ellen Thoma, 4:33.82 (TSU, Hug, Pray, Williamsen, Shearer, 4:43.15, 2001).

Men's 400 medley relay (USD record), 400 medley relay, 4:01.35, Tim Byers, Alex Smith, Matt Lind, John Murman (USD, Byers, Craft, Lind, Murman, 4:02.14, 2003).

Heinz, a freshman from Sgt. Bluff, IA, set a fly record in the morning competition and then reset a school record in the event, recording a 1:05.90. However, she finished second as Rocha of Truman State won a close race, setting a pool record of 1:05.56.

In similar fashion, the USD men's 400 medley relay set a school record by clocking a 4:01.35 but finished second to Truman State (4:01.30), which did not break the pool mark (4:00.53) set in 2003 by Metro State. The USD men's team included Tim Byers (Billings, MT), Matt Lind (Kearney, NE), John Murman (Lincoln, NE) and Alex Smith (Houston, TX).

Women's Breakdown

Kari Kopecky (Roosevelt, MN) won the 50 free (28.42) with teammates Christine Byrne (Caguas, Puerto Rico) finishing fourth (29.90). Kopecky was second in the 100 fre (1:02.92).

In addition to her record-breaking day, Heinz won the 100 IM, clocking a 1:10.45, and was second in the fly (1:05.90).

Audrey Donley (Arvada, CO) won the 100 free (1:02.85) and was third in the 1,500 free (18:23.76).

Jessica Tietz (Williston, ND) was third (2:19.37) in the 200 free and third in the 300 free (4:49.79) with Lacey Liebmann (Crystal Lake, IL), fourth (4:51.51).

USD's 500 free relay captured a title in 5:27.85 with a squad of Kopecky, Karen Burke (Carson City, NV), Donley and Heinz. The 400 medley relay was third in 4:50.97 with a team of Ashley Schaper (Warroad, MN), Jill Stensby (Portland, OR), Theresa Eustice (Waseca, MN) and Angie Stalker (Sheridan, WY).

Stensby also finished third in the 100 breast (1:21.28).

Eustice was third in the 100 back (1:12.53) with Brianna Wass (Douglas, WY), fourth (1:12.91).

Lindsey Schafer (Mandan, ND) won the 1-meter diving with 373.05 points and the 3-meter board with 373.05 points.

Men's Breakdown

Bram Olson (Hutchinson, MN) led the Coyote men's team with an individual title and helped the 500 meter relay to a win. He won the 100 free (53.72) and was third in the 100 IM (1:02.06).

The USD 500 meter free relay captured a title (4:49.35) with a squad of Byers, Alex Smith, Murman and Olson.

In the 50 free, USD took four of the top three of the top four places, including a first place finish Murman, who had a clocking of 24.12. Ryan Malone (Lincoln, NE) was second (24.88) with Jeremy Weed (Verona, WI), fourth (25.30).

Dan Gay (Fairbury, NE) won the 1-meter board with 414.90 points and the 3-meter board with 422.18 points. Cole Moir (Cody, WY) was second in the 1-meter board with 378.23 points and second in 3-meter diving with 398.93 points. Mark Anderson (Loveland, CO) was third in the 1-meter board with 346.28 points.

USD's 400 medley relay was second in 4:01.35 with a team of Byers, Alex Smith, Lind, and Murman.

Smith also finished third in the 100 free (55.75) and Lind was fourth (56.34).

Byers won a title in the 100 back (1:00.94) with Weed, third (1:02.25). Robert Hastings (Sparks, NV) was fourth in the 100 back (1:06.01).

Kyle Anderson (Portland, OR) finished second (17:29.38) in the 1500 free with Garth Meacham (West Des Moines, IA), fourth (17:30.74). Meacham also took a third place finish in the 100 fly (1:02.25).

Chuck Scribner (Hastings, NE) was second in the 200 free (2:00.81) while Mark Bryant (Omaha, NE) was fourth (2:02.68). Scribner also took second in the 400 free (4:20.15) with Bryant, fourth (4:23.99).

Michael Damonte (Reno, NV) was third in the 100 breast (1:10.60).

Next for the South Dakota swimming and diving team is a trip north to the North Dakota Invite in Grand Forks, ND, on Jan. 23-24.

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