Men finish 13th, women 16th at swimming and diving meet

Men finish 13th, women 16th at swimming and diving meet The South Dakota men's and women's swimming and diving teams both finished in the top-16 teams in the nation as the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Saturday night in Orlando, FL.

The Coyotes men's team finished 13th with 119 points while the USD women's team was 16th with 53 points.

On Saturday, the Coyotes had three more top-15 performances, including a 10th-place finish by the men's 400 free relay. The squad, which earned honorable mention All-American honors, finished in 3:05.65.

The squad included Dirk Craft of Palmer, AK; Tim Byers of Billings, MT; Tyler Scheer of Lincoln, NE; and John Murman of Lincoln, NE.

Craft was also 15th in the 100 Free, recording a clocking of 46.41 in the finals. He had a 46.01 in the prelims, which is the eighth-best time ever in USD swimming history.

Megan Gordon, a freshman from Grand Rapids, MN, was 15th in the 200 back, recording a 2:08.39 in the finals. She had a 2:07.90 in the prelims, which is the second-best time ever at USD. She owns the school record in the event with a 2:06.82 at the NCC meet in February.

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