2022 Summit League Champs: Denver Opens Up Leads on Day 2

2022 Summit League Conference Championships

Team Standings
1. Denver – 356
2. South Dakota – 225
3. South Dakota State – 202
4. Omaha – 181
5. St. Thomas – 113
6. Eastern Illinois – 87

1. Denver – 387.5
2. South Dakota – 227
3. Omaha – 206
4. South Dakota State – 143
5. St. Thomas – 113
6. Eastern Illinois – 93

Denver has opened up significant leads in both the men’s and women’s standings following the conclusion of day 2 of the 2022 Summit League Championships.

The Pioneers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the first event of the night: the women’s 500 free. Angie Lindsay led the charge, clocking a 4:52.15 to get the job done. Emily Pincus took 2nd with a 4:54.98, Daniela Alfaro Saldana was 3rd with a 4:56.67, and Izzy Smith was 4th in 4:57.68. Pincus established the early lead, flipping at the 200 wall nearly 2 seconds ahead of everyone else, but Lindsay ran her done on the back half of the race.

Denver matched the 1-2-3-4 showing in the men’s 500 free. Dylan Wright earned the Summit League title in the event, swimming a 4:25.22, just ahead of teammate Riley Babson, who touched in 4:25.87. Kieran Watson was 3rd in 4:28.24 and Will Melsha touched 4th with a 4:31.40.

Denver freshman Jessica Maeda posted a decisive victory in the women’s 200 IM, swimming a 2:02.15 to touch first by 3 seconds. Maeda used a 34.41 breast split to open up a significant lead on the rest of the field, and her 29.69 free split carried her to victory.

Similarly, Denver’s Marco Nosack won the men’s 200 IM with a 1:47.11, and was fueled by his breast split. Nosack clocked a 29.67 on the breast leg of his race, giving him the lead, which he then continued to build through the freestyle finish.

The women’s 50 free featured a 1-2 finish by Denver, led by Aysia Leckie, who finished in 22.66. Teammate Eri Remington posted a 22.89 for 2nd place. South Dakota picked up a win on the day, with Zach Kopp swimming a 20.35 to win the men’s 50 free.

In the men’s 400 medley relay, South Dakota also came out on top. Adam Fisher (49.24), Jack Berdahl (54.48), Zach Kopp (47.55), and Charlie Bean (43.48) teamed up for a 3;14.75.

South Dakota also won a women’s event, taking home the title in women’s 1-meter diving. Stella Fairbanks racked up 281.45 points to earn her victory.

The Hilltoppers took the women’s 400 medley relay, swimming a 3:40.77 to finish first by 4.14 seconds. Natalie Arky (53.96), Jessica Maeda (1:01.18), Ines Marin Alexandre (54.89), and Eri Remington (50.74) combined to earn the title.

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