Jackrabbit Women, Coyote Men Win Augie Invite

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November 25th, 2019 College, News


  • November 21-23, 2019
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Full Results

Courtesy: South Dakota Athletics

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota swimming and diving set four new school records, while also producing 27 new entries into the Coyote Top 10 list during the three-day Augustana Invitational that concluded Saturday evening inside Midco Aquatic Center.

Additionally, 12 times individuals moved up the Coyote Top 10 list and three lowered there already school record times that they owned. The South Dakota men topped the four-team field with 1,859.5 points while the women’s team finished second in an eight-team field with 1,251 points.

South Dakota captured 10 individual races during the meet while the men’s team swept all five relays, setting school records in the 200 and 400 free relays. The women’s team won the 200 free relay.

Jake Leichner won a pair of races, lowering his school record time in the 200 IM to 1:49.66, while also taking first in the 200 breaststroke with a new personal best of 2:00.85. Leichner anchored the 400 free relay to victory in a new school record time of 2:59.15. The foursome, which included Charlie Bean, Zach Kopp and Cooper Fuchs became the first in school history to break the three-minute mark in the event.

Bean, a sophomore, and Zach Kopp, a freshman, were the two individuals who set new school records during the meet. Bean swam 44.44 in the 100 free while Kopp swam 20.09 in the 50 free, an event where the Coyotes went 1-2-3 and all three were under the previous school record of 20.28 by Zach Weiss in 1999.

Also touching the wall first for the Coyote men’s team were Brady Torborg, lowering his school record time in the 100 back (49.47), Bean in the 200 free (1:39.26), Jacob Won in the 200 fly (1:52.18) and Seth Jones in the 1650 free (16:15.46).

The final school record came from the men’s 200 free relay of Zach Kopp, Bean, Torborg and Fuchs, swimming 1:21.06.

Individual victories for the women’s team came from junior Haley Pederson, who swept the diving events with 259.30 (1M) and 248.50 (3M) and senior Sabrina Sabadeanu, who touched first in the 200 back (1:59.95).

The men’s and women’s teams combined for 34 top three performances individually in the meet.

This meet served as the final competition during the first semester for the Coyotes.

Courtesy: South Dakota State Athletics

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota State women’s swimming and diving finished first among eight teams with 1,301.5 points at the Augustana Invitational Saturday.

The men finished second among four teams with a point total of 1,556, trailing only South Dakota (1,859.5).

“What a great exhibition from this team this weekend,” said Head coach Doug Humphrey. “We had performances that rivaled our top performances from the of end last year and I am very proud of how this team has come together and raised the level of success we’ve enjoyed so far. I look forward to the best part of our season, and that is the second half.”

Ashley Theobald broke the 100 IM school record with a time of 57.22, passing the previous mark of 57.33 set by Kristin Erf in 2018. The Jackrabbit women tallied 7 record-breaking swims over the course of the three-day event.

Maria Currie swam a career-best 17:44.11 in the 1,650 free to place sixth.

In the 200 back, Tiffany Nguyen finished fourth in 2:05.24 and Adria Golla fifth in 2:07.00, both career-bests.

Elisabeth Timmer posted a season-best time in the 100 free (51.64), placing fifth.

Alyssa Eckstein finished second in the 200 breast with a season-best 2:19.65 mark.

Ashley Theobald won the 100 IM in her record-breaking swim of 57.22.

In the 200 Fly, Kristin Davis swam a career-best 2:05.98 to finish second. Liezl Ocon placed fifth with a season-best mark of 2:07.81.

Parker R. Brown finished the 1,650 free in a season-best 16:28.86 to place third. Damon Venner came in at eighth with a career-best 16:45.61.

The men placed three in the top four spots in the 200 back. Josh Wuflestad finished second in a season-best 1:49.56, Jared Miller third in a season-best 1:52.15 and Austin Pham swam a career-best 1:52.42 to place fourth.

Henry Skinner posted a career-best 45.40, placing fourth in the 100 free.

In the 200 breast, Quenton Steffen finished third in a season-best 2:04.30.

Gavin Wheeler swam a season-best 54.45 in the 100 IM, placing fifth.

The 200 fly saw three Jackrabbits in the top-five with Damon Venner placing third in 1:53.13. Cody Watkins finished fourth in a season-best 1:55.28 and Max White swam a season-best 1:55.98 to finish fifth.

In the 400 free relay, the women’s ‘A’ team (Katie DrezenGrace WitherspoonEmily Pincus, Timmer) finished second in 3:28.55.

The men’s ‘A’ team (Skinner, Reece StikeleatherAlex Kraft, Watkins) placed third with a time of 3:04.14.

The women placed four in the top five in the 3-meter dive. Abbi Rouse scored a career-high 248.15 to place second, Quincee Simonson placed third (247.80), Julia Gill fourth (236.50) and Aleni Stoakes fifth (232.55).

Zach Boyd won the 3-meter for the men with a 334.25 mark with Mitch Raihle placing second (330.25), both putting up season-bests.

Up Next
The Jacks will next compete in the new year with their next event scheduled for Jan. 17 when the women travel to Iowa State for a dual meet at 5 p.m.

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