USD women’s swimming and diving team defeats UNO

USD women's swimming and diving team defeats UNO
The South Dakota women's swimming and diving team (3-1) won 10 events and edged Nebraska-Omaha, 150-149, in a North Central Conference dual meet at the HPER Pool on the UNO campus in Omaha, NE, on Friday night.

The Coyotes avenged an earlier dual meet loss (124-119) to UNO as Leita Rolfe and Jill Smolczyk each picked up two individual wins. South Dakota, ranked fourth in the nation by Collegeswim, improved its record to 3-1 in dual meets this season.

Smolczyk, with USD's Emilie Kluth, finished 1-2 on both the 1M and 3M boards. Smolczyk, a junior from Omaha, NE, had 394.85 points in the 1M competition while Kluth of Columbus, NE, was second with 366.60 points. On the 3M board, Smolczyk won a second title with 461.60 points with Kluth totaling 451.65 points. Smolczyk and Kluth both met the NCAA Division II qualifying standards on both boards (Smolczyk qualified for nationals on both boards earlier this season).

Also picking up wins for South Dakota included Meredith Howell (Lenexa, KS), 200 butterfly, 2:15.14; Stacy Bjorlie (Austin, MN), 50 free, 24.80 (national "B" cut); Angela Bergmann (Grand Rapids, MN), 100 freestyle, 56.80; Emily Connelly (Lincoln, NE), 100 backstroke, 1:01.38; Megan Gordon (Grand Rapids, MN), 200 backstroke, 2:13.91; and the 200 medley relay, 1:53.22. The 200 medley relay included Connelly, Howell, Jenna Von Fange (Wichita, KS) and Jenny Kohlbrand (Newcastle, WY).

USD Results

200 medley relay: USD, first, 1:53.22 (Emily Connelly, Lincoln, NE; Jenna Von Fange, Wichita, KS; Meredith Howell, Lenexa, KS; and Jenny Kohlbrand, Newcastle, WY). USD, third, 1:56.19 (Megan Gordon, Grand Rapids, MN; Leita Rolfe, Newcastle, WY; Erin Wagoner, Newcastle, WY; and Stacy Bjorlie, Austin, MN). USD, sixth, 2:04.81 (Elly Manning, Hays, KS; Christin Roberts, Gillette, WY; Monica Mayer, Bloomington, MN; and Louree Houston, Omaha, NE).

1000 freestyle: Mary Holman (Bloomington, MN), third, 11:03.06; Sara Holman (Bloomington, MN), fourth, 11:04.18; and Megan Finnie (Port Orchard, WA), sixth, 11:44.00.

200 freestyle: Wagoner, third, 2:02.64; Mary Klima (Leavenworth, KS), fifth, 2:04.00; Danielle Bolin (Norfolk, NE), sixth, 2:06.12.

100 backstroke: Connelly, first, 1:01.38; Alyssa Erickson (Sioux Falls), sixth, 1:08.96.

200 butterfly: Howell, first, 2:15.14; Houston, fourth, 2:31.68 and Mayer, fifth, 2:34.60.

50 freestyle: Bjorlie, first, 24.80 ("B" cut to nationals); Kohlbrand, third, 25.87.

1M diving: Smolczyk, first, 394.85; Kluth, second, 366.60.

100 freestyle: Bjorlie, second 54.70; Bergmann, fourth, 56.80; Kohlbrand, fifth, 56.83.

100 breaststroke: Rolfe, second, 1:09.87; Von Fange, fourth, 1:13.65; Bergmann, sixth, 1:17.41.

200 backstroke: Gordon, first, 2:13.91; Erickson, fourth, 2:26.32; Connelly, fifth, 2:28.00.

200 breaststroke: Rolfe, first, 2:31.05; Von Fange, third, 2:37.67; Roberts, fifth, 2:45.17.

500 freestyle: Mary Holman, third, 5:22.55; Sara Holman, fourth, 5:28.42; Finnie, sixth, 5:50.90.

100 butterfly: Wagoner, second, 1:00.26; Howell, third, 1:02.79; Houston, fifth, 1:05.97.

3M Diving: Jill Smolczyk (Omaha, NE), first, 461.60; Emilie Kluth (Columbus, NE), second, 451.65.

200 IM: Rolfe, first, 2:11.88; Klima, fourth, 2:22.37; Bergmann, sixth, 2:30.76.

400 freestyle relay: USD, second, 3:43.21 (Wagoner, Kohlbrand, Howell, Bjorlie). USD, fifth, 4:05.24 (Bolin, Erickson, Finnie, and Klima). USD, sixth, 4:05.24 (Kerri Morris, Pierre, S.D.; Mary Holman, Sara Holman, Manning).

The South Dakota men's and women's swimming and diving team will host St. Cloud State in a dual at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Dakota Dome.

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