Coyote women’s swimming tops SDSU, men fall

The South Dakota women's swimming and diving team set eight records on the day on its way to a 135-108 win over in-state rival South Dakota State in dual meet action Saturday afternoon in Vermillion. The Coyote men also had a big day, setting 11 records in a 126-111 loss to SDSU.

For the women, two relays set school records (meters) and pool records, while senior Lizz Hoffman (Eureka) set school and pool records in the 100 freestyle and a school record in the 400 freestyle. Junior Shannon Moceri (South Lyon, MI) set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke.

The Coyote men had an excellent day despite falling short in the dual. Senior Thad Stoddard (Douglas, WY) set four records on the day, while senior Dane Van Arkel (Colorado Springs, CO) set three. Senior Terry Rolfe (Newcastle, WY) also set two records, while the Coyotes' 400 freestyle relay set school and pool records as well.

The Coyote women's 400 medley relay set a new school and pool record with a time of 4:27.15 on its way to the win. That consisted by freshman Paige Stavely (Hemlock, MI), Moceri, freshman Molly Knowles (Lockport, IL) and freshman Corey Wannamaker (New Berlin, WI).

Hoffman won the 100 freestyle, setting new school and pool records with a time of 58.14. Hoffman broke her own record of 58.34 in that event. Hoffman also set a new school record of 4:26.83 in claiming the victory in the 400 freestyle at 4:26.83, crushing the old record she set earlier this year by more than two seconds.  The senior also captured the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.98. Hoffman now has 22 individual event wins on the season, best on the Coyote women's team.

Moceri set a new USD record in winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.84.

The Coyotes won the 400 meter freestyle relay with a pool and school record time of 3:58.68. That consisted of junior Kaitlyn Jefferson (Westland, MI), freshman Torie Buberl (Stillwater, MN), freshman Lydia Engberg (Bismarck, ND) and sophomore Mariah Anderson (Kearney, NE).

Senior Janine James (Cheyenne, WY) also played a key role in the Coyote win. She won the 3-meter diving at 226.85 and was second in the 1-meter diving at 211.30. Junior Kaitlyn Jefferson (Westland, MI) won the 50 freestyle at 27.21, edging teammate Wannamaker, who was second at 27.59.

For the South Dakota men, Stoddard won the 200 freestyle with a pool and school meter record of 1:55.44, topping the old school record he set earlier this year by .11 seconds. Stoddard also set new school and pool records – by .01 seconds – in winning the 100 butterfly (56.58).

Van Arkel broke a school and pool record that lasted more than 20 years in winning the 50 freestyle. Van Arkel won the event with a time of 23.24, topping the old record held by two people by .10 seconds. Van Arkel also set a new school record in winning the 100 freestyle at 51.71.

Rolfe shattered the pool and school records in the 200 IM, winning with a time of 2:07.75. The old school record was set by Rolfe on Jan. 1, 2011 of 2:12.41. Rolfe won the 100 backstroke as well, missing a school record by .16 seconds with a winning time of 57.31.

The Coyotes also won the 400 freestyle relay with a school and pool record of 3:31.79. That consisted by Stoddard, junior Cody Horton (Mitchell), senior Gabe Sands (Greeley, CO) and Van Arkel.

Senior Chris Hause (Overland Park, KS) had a good day in the diving events. He won the 3-meter diving at 295.25 and was second in the 1-meter diving at 253.40, losing by just .40 points.

The Coyote teams are off until Jan. 21, 2012 when they compete in a dual at SDSU in Brookings. The team will hold its annual training trip after Christmas.

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