USD fares well at NCC swimming championships The South Dakota men's swimming and diving team captured second place at the North Central Conference Swimming and Diving Championships that concluded Saturday night in Grand Forks, ND. The USD women's team was fourth.
The men's squad finished with 859 points, topped by North Dakota with 1,135. St. Cloud State was third with 440, while Minnesota State finished at 231 and South Dakota State came in with 215.
USD's women's squad had 480 points. North Dakota won with 965, followed by Nebraska-Omaha at 748 and St. Cloud State at 500. Minnesota State, at 322, and South Dakota State, at 156, followed USD.
South Dakota's Bram Olson, a junior from Hutchinson, MN, was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Overall on Saturday, USD had one title, 10 national B cuts, one A cut and a school record (men's 400 free relay).
Highlighting the men's team on Saturday was the South Dakota men's 400 free relay, which finished second in the 400 free with a national A cut of 3:01.92. The team, which qualified for nationals, included Dirk Craft (Palmer, AK), Alex Smith (Houston, TX), John Murman (Lincoln, NE) and Bram Olson. The squad set a school record, breaking the mark of 3:03.35 set in 1997.
In the 200 fly, Garth Meacham (West Des Moines, IA) was third with a national B cut of 1:55.41. His time was the fifth fastest in school history. Chuck Scribner (Hastings, NE) finished sixth in 2:00.62 while Adrian Smith (Plano, TX) was seventh in 2:00.88.
Matt Lind (Kearney, NE) finished fourth in the 200 breast with a national B cut time of 2:09.55. Michael Damonte (Reno, NV) took sixth in 2:16.25 and P.J. Sorensen (Lincoln, NE) was eighth in 2:18.30. Craft was 12th in 2:19.12 with Kyle Anderson (Loveland, CO), 15th in 2:21.22.
USD captured four of the top seven spots in the 100 free. Olson was fourth with a national B cut of 46.28. Taking fifth was Craft, who had a national B cut of 46.33. Murman was sixth and Alex Smith was seventh, with both recording national B cuts of 46.68 and 46.78, respectively.
In the 1650 free, USD took five of the top nine placings. Eric Thorsen (Eden Prairie, MN) was fourth in 16:58.19 with Anderson, fifth in 16:58.34. Adrian Smith was sixth with a time of 17:06.11 while Mark Bryant (Omaha, NE) captured seventh in 17:07.63 and John Murman was eighth in 17:11.43).
Tim Byers (Billings, MT) finished fourth in the 200 back with a B cut of 1:55.15. Also in the 200 back, Jeremy Weed (Verona, WI) was seventh in 1:57.36. Robert Hastings (Sparks, NV) was 11th in the 200 back in 2:03.99.
In 3-meter diving, USD captured three of the top six spots with Dan Gay (Fairbury, NE) taking fourth with 435.90 points. Cole Moir (Cody, WY) was fifth with 421.10 points and Mark Anderson (Portland, OR) finished sixth with 400.70 points.
Audrey Donley had the only USD title by winning the 1,650 free in 17:46.25 which was a national B cut. Jessica Tietz (Williston, ND) was fourth in 18:18.97, also a national B cut. Lacey Liebman (Crystal Lake, IL) finished seventh in 18:28.84.
Kari Kopecky (Roosevelt, MN) was sixth in the 100 free, clocking a 53.32 which was a national B cut. In the same race Karen Burke (Carson City, NV) was 13th in 54.68.
Jill Stensby (Portland, OR) had a sixth-place finish in the 200 breast with a clocking of 2:32.15 while Angie Stalker (Sheridan, WY) was ninth in 2:34.82.
In the 200 fly, Brae Olson (Hutchinson, MN) was fifth in 2:14.05 while Audrey Donley (Arvada, CO) took eighth in 2:17.51.
In the 200 back, Theresa Eustice (Waseca, MN) was 13th in 2:17.52 with Brianna Wass (Douglas, WY), 15th, 2:19.19.
The USD women's 400 free relay was third in 3:34.53. The team included Kopecky, Donley, Abby Heinz (Sgt. Bluff, IA) and Burke.
Next for the Coyotes is the NCAA Division II Championships which will be held in Buffalo, NY, on March 10-13.