Denver Sweeps Swimming Events on Day 2 of 2015 Summit League Championships

2015 Summit League Championships

Women’s Recap

Women’s Scores after day 2

1. Denver – 343
2. IUPUI – 225
3. South Dakota State – 194
4. Nebraska-Omaha – 172
5. South Dakota – 145
6. Western Illinois – 92

After securing the first NCAA Division I relay qualification in program history on Wednesday evening, the Denver women remained on a roll Thursday by sweeping all four swimming event titles.

The day began with the 200 free relay, where the Pioneers snuck just under their previous season-best time with a 1:31.29. The team of Sam CoreaDrew MatthewsZoe Huddleston, and Morgan Wice-Roslin combined to clear two-and-a-half seconds on runners-up IUPUI.

South Dakota State placed 3rd in 1:34.45.

Freshman Maddie Myers followed that up with an individual victory in the women’s 500 free, swimming a 4:46.59 for 1st place. She was faster in high school, but this swim put her within half-a-second of the Summit League Record.

She beat out South Dakota’s Sam Schuttinger (4:49.02) for the event victory.

Myers’ teammate Johanna Roas followed with another win, coming in the 200 IM and with a new Meet Record of 2:00.19. That improved upon the 2:00.41 done by Oakland’s Agnes Solan in 2010.

Roas was part of a Pioneer 1-2: her teammate Amanda Sanders came in 2nd (2:02.29) despite having the fastest breaststroke split in the field.

IUPUI’s Jenny Oleksiak was 3rd in 2:04.16.

The DU swimmers ended their day with a 1-2 finish in the 50 free and another Meet Record, as Drew Matthews repeated as Summit League Champion by swimming a 22.83 – breaking her own conference record of 22.90 done at last year’s meet.

Denver had three swimmers in the top 8, following-up on their relay dominance, with Zoe Huddleston taking 2nd in 23.07 and Morgan Wice-Roslin taking 6th in 23.67. Nebraska-Omaha’s Natalie Renshaw placed 3rd in 23.38.

The only other team to pick up a win on the day was South Dakota diver Greysen Hertting, who won the 3-meter event by half-a-point over IUPUI’s Melissa Berger.

Men’s Recap

Men’s Scores after day 2

1. Denver – 389
2. IUPUI – 234
3. South Dakota State – 198
4. Western Illinois – 125
5. South Dakota – 111
6. Eastern Illinois – 80

The Denver men were equally as dominant as their women, going a perfect four-for-four on Thursday evening, beginning with a hard-fought win in the men’s 200 free relay.

The team of Ray Borman, William Van DehyTim Cottam, and Anton Loncar combined for a 1:20.64, with the fastest split coming from Cottam in 19.96. Aside from Van Dehy, three of the four swimmers on that relay are freshmen or sophomores, and if they can find one more solid leg, they could hunt for an NCAA relay bid next season.

They beat out the IUPUI swimmers, who kept the race close the whole way but finished 2nd in 1:21.79.

The fastest split of the day on that relay was a 19.83 from South Dakota State’s Daniel Jacobson, but with a 20.44 in the individual later in the session, he took only 3rd place behind Bornman (20.06) and teammate Ben Bolinske (20.26).

The defending swimmer of the year Dylan Bunch lived up to his accolades with a new Meet Record in the men’s 500 free. He swam a 4:18.22, which cuts a second off of his own lifetime best, and while that leaves him on the bubble for an NCAA invite (it would have qualified last year, barely), it’s most importantly a great sign for the 1650 free that he has coming up later in the meet: his specialty event.

The other men’s event title on the day went to Jeremy Zgliczynski in the 200 IM. He swam a 1:47.75 to lead a 1-2-3-4-5 finish from Denver that really broke the meet’s scoring wide-open.

 

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