USD women swimmers break records

USD women swimmers break records The University of South Dakota women's swimming and diving team set a pair of school records in relays in a double dual with Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night at the DakotaDome.

South Dakota dropped dual matches with Nebraska-Omaha, 153-81, and Northern Iowa, 124-110. Nebraska-Omaha also defeated Northern Iowa, 135-107. The Coyote women finished the season with an 8-6 dual record.

USD set school records in the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The Coyotes finished second in the 400 free relay, recording a 4:07.61, to break a 19-year school mark. The Coyote squad of Kari Kopecky (Roosevelt, MN), Abby Heinz (Sgt. Bluff, IA), Karen Burke (Carson City, NV) and Audrey Donley (Arvada, CO) snapped the old mark of 4:08.52, which was held by a team of Heisinger, Moes, Modderman, and Kappenman.

In the same race, Nebraska-Omaha set a pool record by winning the event in 4:04.73. The team of Veronica Barna, Lisa Wemhoff, Sarah Clark, Stacy Crook broke the pool mark held by the 2002 UNO team of Feyerherm, Kaminski, Johnson, Wysuph.

In addition, South Dakota set a school mark in the 200 medley relay with a clocking of 2:05.84. The team of Heinz, Kopecky, Jill Stensby (Portland, OR) and Brae Olson (Hutchinson, MN) broke the 1996 USD mark of 2:06.46 held by Healey, Magnuson, Shearard, and Jansky.

In total, the Coyotes won two individual titles. Heinz won the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:28.18 while senior Lindsey Schafer (Mandan, ND) won the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 238 points. Schafer also finished second in the 1-meter board with a point total of 235.05.

In addition to her performance on the relays, Kopecky finished second in the 50 free with a time of 27.79. In that same race, Burke was fourth in 29.42 and senior Ashley Schaper (Warroad, MN) finished fifth in 30.09.

Donley also finished third in the 200 free, clocking a 2:14.82. In that same event, Angie Stalker (Sheridan, WY) finished fourth in 1:03.61.

Stensby was fourth in the 100 breast in 1:19.06 and fifth in the 200 IM 2:36.64.

Other results included Olson taking fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:09.42. Theresa Eustice (Waseca, MN) took third in the 100 back in 1:13.47 while Brianna Wass (Douglas, WY) was fifth in 1:14.05. Jessica Tietz �(Williston, ND) was fourth in the 400 free in 4:48.97.

Next for the USD women's swimming and diving team, as well as the men's team, is the North Central Conference Championships on Feb. 18-21 at Grand Forks, ND.

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