South Dakota women’s swimming and diving team defeats St. Cloud State

South Dakota women's swimming and diving team defeats St. Cloud State
The University of South Dakota women's swimming and diving team improved its dual meet record to 8-2 by defeating St. Cloud State, 137-106, on Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud, MN. The Coyote men's team (0-6) lost to the Huskies, 142-82.

The two Coyote squads combined for 13 titles, including 10 by the women's team. The USD women's team is ranked second in the Division II dual power rankings by Collegeswimming.com.

Leita Rolfe (Sr., Newcastle, WY) led the South Dakota women's team with two individual wins and she also anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:40.30). Other members of the relay included Stacy Bjorlie (Jr., Austin, MN), Erin Wagoner (Jr., Newcastle, WY), and Mary Klima (Jr., Leavenworth, KS). Rolfe won titles in both the 100 freestyle (54.39) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.15).


South Dakota's 200 medley relay (1:51.51) claimed a title with a squad of Megan Gordon (Sr., Grand Rapids, MN), Wagoner, Sallie Collins (Fr., Hastings, MN) and Bjorlie.

Bjorlie picked up an individual title in the 50 freestyle (24. 95) while Gordon won the 100 backstroke (59.27). Wagoner picked up an individual title in the 100 butterfly (58.26).

Sara Holman (Jr., Bloomington, MN) captured the women's 1,000 freestyle in 10:40.98. Mary Holman (Jr., Bloomington, MN) led a 1-2 finish by the Coyotes in the women's 500 freestyle. Holman finished first with a time of 5:17.69 while teammate Megan Finnie (So., Port Orchard, WA) was second (5:23.06).

Jill Smolczyk (Sr., Omaha, NE) won the women's 3-meter diving with 273.15 points and was fourth on the 1-meter board (245.20 points). Emilie Kluth (Sr., Columbus, NE) finished second (260.90 points) on the 1-meter board and was third (249.25 points) in 3-meter diving.

Collins took second in both the 100 breaststroke (1:10.72) and 200 IM (2:16.12). Meredith Howell (So., Lenexa, KS) was third in the 200 IM (2:20.74) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.96). Klima picked up a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:02.16).

The Coyote men's team won three individual titles, including a victory from David Lind (Sr., Kearney, NE) in the 500 freestyle (5:05.73). USD took the top three spots in the 500 freestyle as Josh Fleming (Sr., Lincoln, NE) was second (5:16.16) and Brian Forman (Fr., Austin, MN) took third (5:23.11).

Brian Viger (So., Fridley, MN) claimed the 100 backstroke title (57.77). In the same event, USD's Jared Bronson (Fr., St. Louis, MO) was second (1:01.06) and Paul Jerve (So., Montevideo, MN) finished third (1:02.51).

The USD men also grabbed the top three places in the 100 breaststroke as Bridger Miller (Fr., Upton, WO) won the event in 2:22.86. Ray Wieser (Fr., Vacaville, CA) was second (2:23.05) with Fleming third (2:24.18) in the 100 breaststroke. Fleming also finished third in the 200 IM (2:05.05).

The South Dakota men took second in the 200 medley relay (1:42.88) with a team of Viger, Miller, Jody Lutz (So., Ardmore, OK) and Tim Murman (Sr., Lincoln, NE). In the men's 200 freestyle relay, the USD men's team was second (1:35.55) with a squad of Nate West (So., Lincoln, NE), Lind, Mike Kubicek (So., Lincoln, NE) and Wieser.

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