Swimming and diving earns a pair of third place finishes

STEVENS POINT, WI—South Dakota men's and women's swimming and diving combined for 18 top-five finishes on the final day of the Border Battle in Stevens Point, WI. The women scored 703.5 points over the two-day event while the men scored 819. Both teams finished in third place.

Thirteen women combined for seven top-five finishes while eight men combined for 11 top-five finishes.

Two Coyotes placed first overall in individual events. Colin Krysl (Bellevue, NE) took home the individual title in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming one minute and 57.96 seconds for the victory. Cassie Kimmes (Hastings, MN) completed the 1650 freestyle in 18:15.18 to finish first while Linay McCrady (Savage, MN) finished second in 18:31.05.

Also placing was Kate Daily (Kansas City, KS), who swam the 200 fly in 2:14.48 to finish third. Paige Stavely (Hemlock, MI) added a third place finish as well, clocking in at 2:12.85, while the final individual top-five finish for the women's squad came from Kaitlyn Jefferson (Westland, MI), who placed fifth in 100 free (54.75).

Three USD women's relays placed fifth on the day. The team of Corey Wannamaker (New Berlin, WI), Jefferson, Mariah Anderson (Kearney, NE) and Lydia Engberg (Bismarck, ND) swam the 400 free relay in 3:43.35. Anderson also teamed with Maggie Smith (Dellwood, MN), Mady Gockowski (Stillwater, MN) and Hannah Veselik (Darien, IL) to complete the 200 medley relay in 1:55.85, while Engberg, Charlotte Yaw (Birmingham, MI), McCrady and Delaney Schenk (San Diego, CA) timed 8:20.41 in the 800 free relay.

On the men's side of things Krysl followed his individual title in the 200 fly with a third-place finish in the 100 fly (53.19). He was also a part of two top-five relay teams, teaming with Ian Ford (Cedar Rapids, IA), Jake Tempesta (Lakeville, MN) and Alex Guelcher (Sioux City, IA) for a third place finish in the 200 medley relay and with Cody Horton (Mitchell), Blake Frederick (Lincoln, NE) and Guelcher for fourth in the 400 free relay.

Individually Frederick placed second in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.01, followed by Guelcher's 1:50.89 (fourth). Tempesta earned third in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, swimming 1:02.32 and 2:18.18, respectively, while Jay Nelson (Elkhorn, NE) finished fifth in the 100 back (58.9) and 200 back (2:08.36).

Finally, the men's 800 free relay of Frederick, Horton, Christian Nygaard (Circle Pines, MN) and Guelcher clocked in at 7:25.57 (fourth).

The Milwaukee Panthers came in first place in both the men's and women's team standings, followed by Northern Michigan on the women's side and Stevens Point on the men's side.

Both teams will return to the pool for a dual at South Dakota State at 6 p.m. on Friday.

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