2021 Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships
- April 15 – April 17, 2021
- Hulbert Aquatic Center
- West Fargo, North Dakota
- Short Course Yard (SCY)
Racing began at the men’s and women’s 2021 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships in West Fargo, North Dakota on April 15, 2021. The University of Denver got off to a quick start on day 1, collecting nearly every gold medal of the session while the University of South Dakota secured a lead on the men’s side.
That lead by South Dakota is significant, as the Denver men have been the overwhelming force n the conference since Oakland left after the 2012-2013 championship. In fact, the Denver men have won 7 straight Summit League titles, and last year they won all-but-one of the conference titles in swimming (the 100 IM, where they didn’t enter any swimmers) to take the team title by almost 400 points.
A number of Denver’s stars, even those with eligibility remaining, are not competing at this meet and are no longer on Denver’s roster, though. That includes names like NCAA All-American Cameron Auchinachie.
Team Scores After Day 1
- University of Denver – 382.50 Points
- South Dakota State – 233.50 Points
- University of South Dakota – 215 Points
- University of Nebraska Omaha – 133 Points
- Eastern Illinois – 85 Points
- University of South Dakota- 315 Points
- South Dakota State – 255 Points
- University of Denver – 212.50 Points
- Eastern Illinois – 137 Points
- Valparaiso University – 103.50 Points
In the women’s 500 freestyle Angie Lindsay got within a few seconds off her 4:53.39 PB from back in 2019. Lindsay’s win for the University of Denver was a second faster than teammate Sofia Nosack‘s 4:58.78 for silver. Izzy Smith ensured a Denver sweep in the event with a swim of 5:00.93.
The University of Denver picked up another gold medal in the 100 butterfly as Ines Marin raced to a 55.48, establishing a new best time by 0.48, improving upon her 55.88 from back in February. Marin’s teammate Eri Remington followed with a 56.05 silver medal swim and Kristen David was bronze for South Dakota State in a 56.36.
Remington was back later in the session to race the 50 freestyle and wound up taking gold with her 23.08. Aysia Leckie was silver for the University of Denver, posting a 23.13 while Elisabeth Timmer gave South Dakota State another bronze in a 23.46.
The University of Denver made it 4-for-4 wins in the individual events on day 1 as Emily Vandenberg won the 200 IM for the team with a 2:01.74, undercutting her PB in the event of 2:02.58. Brandi Vu and Uma Knaven were 2nd and 3rd in the event with a 2:03.29 and 2:04.59, respectively allowing the University of Denver to go 1-2-3.
Going along with the winning trend on day 1, the University of Denver was golden in both the 200 freestyle (1:32.10) and 400 medley (3:46.04) relays. South Dakota State took silver in both relays with a 1:34.09 and 3:49.52, respectively while the University of South Dakota was bronze (1:36.27 / 3:53.37).
The University of South Dakota women collected their sole win of the session in the 1-meter dive as Stella Fairbanks scored 265.20 points. Olivia Gordon was silver for the University of Denver with 261.75 as Quincee Simonson scored 261.50 points to earn bronze.
Mads Rishoj was the first individual winner on the men’s side as he took 500 freestyle gold with a 4:26.86, shaving 4 seconds off his entry time of 4:26.86. The University of Denver’s Riley Babson came in right behind teammate Rishoj with a 4:27.26 silver medal and Jacob Won earned silver for the University of South Dakota with a 4:37.23.
While the University of Denver managed to win all of the women’s swimming events, the University of South Dakota collected a win in the 100 butterfly as Aidan Gatenbein was a 49.31 for gold. That swim allowed him to just out-touch the University of Denver’s 49.35 for silver while Cody Watkins also dipped under 50.00 with a 49.99 to take bronze for South Dakota State.
In the 200 IM, South Dakota State picked up their first win as Cayden Christianson swam a 1:50.27, more than a second faster than Miguel Turcios‘ 1:51.28 swim for Eastern Illinois. Both of those swims were quicker than their respective entry times as Christianson went in with a 1:50.88 and Turcios a 1:53.67. Jacob Leichner rounded out the top 3 in a 1:52.12 for the University of South Dakota.
Finally, Zach Kopp collected another individual win for the University of South Dakota, hitting a 20.40 50 freestyle. That was quicker than teammate Cooper Fuchs who was a 20.47 and Scott House who rounded out the top 3 with a 20.51 for Eastern Illinois.
The University of South Dakota won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:19.89 while the University of Denver got the upper hand in the 400 medley relay with a 3:18.94. In the 1-meter dive, Zach Boys collected gold for South Dakota State by scoring 309.75 points while Hudson Wilkerson and Seth O’Dea went 2-3 for the University of South Dakota, scoring 284.70 and 274.50, respectively.