USD women’s swimming and diving team sets five records

USD women's swimming and diving team sets five records
The University of South Dakota women's swimming and diving team set five school or pool records in rolling to a 162-136 dual win over Nebraska-Omaha at the DakotaDome. South Dakota, which is ranked second in the dual power rankings by CollegeSwimming.com, improved its overall dual mark to 6-1. South Dakota won 10 of the 16 events contested against UNO.

The Coyote women's team set records in five different events. Leita Rolfe (Sr., Newcastle, WY), who won two individual events and participated on a winning relay, set pool (meters) and school (meters) records in winning the 200 freestyle in 2:08.88. She broke the school and pool mark of 2:09.05 set by Lorie Kappenman of USD in 1985.

Rolfe also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:42.90 and narrowly missed eclipsing her own school record of 2:42.33. Rolfe was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay, which finished in 2:01.59. The USD relay squad members included Rolfe, Megan Gordon (Sr., Grand Rapids, MN), Erin Wagoner (Jr., Newcastle, WY), and Stacy Bjorlie (Jr., Austin, MN).


Bjorlie won the 50 freestyle in a USD school record of 27:40. She broke the 2002 mark set by Kari Kopecky.

Jill Smolczyk (Sr., Omaha, NE) set pool and school records in one-meter diving with a score of 291.52. On Dec. 7, Smolczyk set the 1-meter diving mark with a total of 274.60 points. Smolczyk also finished second in 3-meter diving with a score of 274.20 and would have broken the pool record except for the performance of teammate Emilie Kluth. A senior from Columbus, NE, Kluth broke the school and pool record in winning the three-meter diving competition with 295.50 points. She broke Smolczyk's school record of 288 points and Smolczyk's pool mark of 269.15 points. In addition, Kluth finished second in one-meter diving with a total of 281.40 points.

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