USD’s women’s swimming team captures Border Battle title; Coyote men’s team claims third place

USD's women's swimming team captures Border Battle title; Coyote men's team claims third place
The University of South Dakota women's swimming and diving team captured the team championship at the Border Battle hosted by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point this weekend. The Coyote women's team finished with 971 points to edge Minnesota State with 940 and Wisconsin Stevens-Point with 917. The Coyote men's team finished third with 691 points. Wisconsin Stevens-Point won the men's title with 1,049 while Minnesota State was second with 888 points.

During the two-day meet, the USD women's team won 10 titles and had several second place finishes. The Coyote men's team had numerous top six finishes.

Senior Leita Rolfe (Senior; Newcastle, WY) had another outstanding meet for the Coyotes with four victories, including as a member of two winning relays. Rolfe was a member of the winning 200-medley relay squad (1:50.60) that included Megan Gordon (Senior; Grand Rapids, MN); Erin Wagoner (Junior; Newcastle, WY) and Stacy Bjorlie (Junior; Austin, MN). Rolfe also captured the women's 400 IM with a clocking of 4:42.67 and won the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.70. The Coyotes won the 800 freestyle relay in 8:03.99 with a team of Wagoner, Rolfe, Sara Holman (Bloomington, MN) and Mary Klima (Junior; Leavenworth, KS). The Coyotes were second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:43.66) with a team of Rolfe, Bjorlie, Wagoner and Sallie Collins (Freshman; Hastings, MN).

Gordon, who was third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.17), captured the 100 backstroke in 1:00.41 and the 200 backstroke in 2:10.30.

Besides her contributions on the relays, Sara Holman also won the 1,650 freestyle in 18:19.06 as she just edged her sister Mary who was second in 18:19.17. In the same event, Megan Finnie (Sophomore; Port Orchard, WA) was fifth in 18:56.30.

Wagoner won the 100 butterfly with a clocking of 59.90 while Collins was second in the 200 butterfly in 2:15.36 with Meredith Howell (Sophomore; Lenexa, KS), third, in 2:18.02.

The USD women's team dominated the diving with Jill Smolczyk (Senior; Omaha, NE) capturing both boards. Smolczyk won the one-meter diving with a score of 389.91 while Emilie Kluth (Senior; Columbus, NE) and freshman Kacie Miller (Denver, CO) were second (370.05 points) and fourth (349.70 points), respectively. Smolczyk won the three-meter board with a score of 450.65 which was nearly 100 points better than USD's Hannah Roetzel (Freshman; Newcastle, WY), who was second with 366 points.

Freshman Raymond Wieser (Vacaville, CA) led a solid effort by the Coyote men's team. Wieser was second in the 400IM in 4:22.72 and fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:24.09. Tim Murman (Senior; Lincoln, NE) was third (1:51.36) and David Lind (Senior; Kearney, NE), fourth (1:51.46) in the 200 freestyle. Josh Fleming (Senior; Lincoln, NE) captured sixth (1:03.97) and Bridger Miller (Freshman; Upton, WY) was seventh (1.04.52) in the 100 breaststroke.

The Coyote men captured third in the 800 freestyle relay in 7:40.25. The team included Murman, Lind, Jared Bronson (Freshman; St. Louis, MO) and Josh Fleming. Lind was also fourth in the 1,650 freestyle in 17:47.36. Bronson picked up a fourth place finish in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.60. Andrew Calahan (Freshman; Winterset, IA) was third in the 200 butterfly in 2:10.91 while Jody Lutz (Sophomore; Ardmore, OK) was fourth in 2:11.79. The Coyote men's team was fourth in the 400 freestyle in 3:25.29 with a team of Nate West (Sophomore; Lincoln, NE), Murman, Lind and Mike Kubicek (Sophomore; Lincoln, NE).

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