Three University of South Dakota freshmen combined to win four events during the Coyote women’s season-opening dual against Minnesota State Saturday. The Coyotes won six events in all, but lost the dual 152.5-147.5.
USD had the top divers of the dual in first-year Greysen Hertting and sophomore Courtney Shepler, a Reading, Pa., native and a transfer from Penn State. Hertting and Shepler placed first and second, respectively, in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. Hertting totaled 244.45 in the one-meter and 238.45 in the three. Shepler scored 235.05 and 203.85, respectively.
Freshman Sam Schutt won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:00.09. She also placed second in the 100-yard free and as a member of the Coyotes’ 400-yard free relay team.
Fellow frosh Berkley Nowlan won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.18. She took second in the 50-yard breaststroke (31.79s) and second as member of the 200-yard medley relay team.
As for returners, the Coyotes got wins and the nine points that come with them from sophomore Hannah Veselik and junior Corey Wannamaker. Veselik won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.00. She placed second in the 50 fly (27.57s). Wannamaker won the 50-yard freestyle at 25.39s. She also competed in two relays and placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (55.49s).
USD returns to Vermillion and will host North Dakota and Iowa State on consecutive nights Friday and Saturday in the DakotaDome.