Liedy Triples to Lead North Dakota to Tri-Meet Victory

St. Cloud State and North Dakota went head to head in a dual meet on Saturday. Both the North Dakota men and women were victorious, with the men’s final score at 218-159 and the women’s at 1858 to 1117. Minnesota State Moorhead joined the competition to make it a tri-meet. They were 3rd with 889 points. Gabi Liedy earned wins in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles to lead North Dakota to victory.

St. Cloud State:

The St. Cloud State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their 2015-16 seasons on Oct. 2-3 at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.  Both team scored second place finish in competition at UND.

North Dakota won the men’s dual meet by a score of 218-159 against the Huskies.  On the women’s side, UND won top honors with 1858 points and SCSU was second at 1117 and Minnesota State Moorhead posted a third place finish of 889.

The following is a listing of first place finishes for the Huskies in the meet at North Dakota:

100 Individual Medley – BreighAnne Lawrence (1:02.80)
200 Backstroke – Brooke Calvin (2:29.58)

100 Butterfly – Justin Winnett (56:64)
1 Meter Diving – David Sufficool (294.95)
200 Butterfly – Rob Leigh (2:02.96)
200 Breaststroke – Justin Winnett (2:08.17)
100 Freestyle – Tristan Ferguson (46.95)
400 Free Relay – Issac Erickson, Tristan Ferguson, Jordan Kinney and Justin Winnett (3:11.09)

Alumni Meet Up Next!
The St. Cloud State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving alumni meet will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 in the Halenbeck Hall Aquatics Center pool.  Registration for the Alumni meet begins at 3 p.m. and the action starts at 4 p.m.  All former St. Cloud State swimmers and divers are invited to dust off their old Speedos and join the fun.

Swimming news courtesy of St. Cloud State Swimming.

North Dakota:

GRAND FORKS, N.D.– The University of North Dakota swimming and diving teams officially opened the 2015-16 season this weekend at the Hyslop pool. The UND men defeated St. Cloud State, 218-159, while the UND women came out on top of both SCSU and Minnesota State Moorhead in a championship two-day meet format.

“We’re pretty happy with how we did, we put some people in some tough spots, mainly freshmen and seniors and they responded,” UND head swimming and diving coach Chris Maiello said after day one. “Jacob Wielinski had a great meet as did Sean Donnelly. Cassie Walth, a senior, also did well for us. The future is bright and we have some strong senior leadership.”

North Dakota combined to have a first-place finisher in 33 of the 42 contested events on the weekend.

The women’s 200 free relay got the meet started with a win in 1:39.65. Gabi Liedy won the 500 free, going 5:10.07 for a 1-2-3 finish for North Dakota. She also took first in the 200 freestyle (1:57.98) and later won the 1650 freestyle (17:55.33). Steph Frey was the 200 IM winner, touching in 2:09.57 and was the 100 breaststroke champ (1:05.61) and the 100 freestyle winner (53.07). Alli Schwab (24.14) beat out teammates Courtney Funk (24.53) and Alexa Weyer (25.69) in the 50 freestyle.

The 400 medley relay finished in 3:54.76 for a comfortable win.  The 200 medley relay posted a winning 1:48.62 time. The women’s 800 free relay won in 7:56.01 and the 400 free relay wrapped the meet with a 3:37.66 win.

UND had the top six finishers in the 100 butterfly, led by Danica Dutt‘s 57.71 finish. Maddie Derby finished the 200 backstroke in a 2:08.61 winning time. Marlena Pigliacampi clocked a 2:06.83 time in winning the 200 butterfly.

In diving, a pair of freshmen set the pace for UND, going one and two as Ariana Brace scored 231.55 andMegan Seehusen 214.45 from the one-meter board. Brace also won the three-meter event (224.25) with Seehusen placing third (211.35).

The men’s 200 free relay touched first with a 1:24.82 time to start the meet Friday. Jacob Wielinski went 4:35.03 to win his first collegiate race, the 500 freestyle. He then went on to win the 200 IM (1:54.11), the 400 IM (4:05.94) and the mile (16:06.06). Colin MacQuarrie was the winner in the 50 free (21.22) and the 100 butterfly (50.91).

The 400 medley relay teams went one and two with the A squad touching in 3:29.18. The 200 medley relay recorded a 1:34.82 winning time. The men’s 800 free relay outdistanced the field in 7:05.75.

Aaron Chanas-LaRue won the 200 freestyle in 1:42.61. Sam Marlow swam the best time in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 53.75 and also took the 200 event in 1:53.78. Martin Pozniak outraced the competition in the 100 IM (53.19) and had the best time in the 200 butterfly (2:02.96).

Sam Howard won the three-meter dive Friday (271.55) while Clayton Metcalf was the top UND finisher in the one-meter event, taking third (256.00).

North Dakota takes a week off before returning to action against South Dakota State on Oct. 17 at Hyslop Pool.

Scores – Women
Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 42
1. The University of North Dakota 1858
2. St. Cloud State University 1117
3. Minnesota State University Moorhead 889

Scores – Men
Men – Team Rankings – Through Event 42
1. The University of North Dakota 218
2. St. Cloud State University 159

Swimming news courtesy of North Dakota Swimming.

Minnesota State Moorhead:

Meet Results
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Sophomore Erin Sullivan and freshman Taylor Beynon each recorded wins to lead the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s swimming and diving team at the North Dakota triangular, which was completed Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Competing against Division I foe North Dakota and a traditionally-strong St. Cloud State program, the Dragons finished in third with 889 points.

Taylor Beynon‘s 400 IM and Erin Sullivan‘s 100 backstroke event wins over DI UND were huge and incredibly uplifting for our team,” MSUM head coach Todd Peters said. “We also competed well head-to-head with St. Cloud State in nearly every event so we are really excited for our upcoming meet against them in two weeks at home.  We had a great mixture of returning and freshmen athletes stepping up this weekend in every event.  Our depth across the board is better than we have ever had in the past.”

Beynon won the 400 IM in 4:44.55, which was the fourth-fastest time in MSUM history.  Beynon won the event by nearly three seconds. She also finished sixth in the mile in 18:41.26, which is the eighth-fastest time in school history. Beynon added a fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:33.86) and an eighth-place finish in the 200 IM.

Sullivan won the 100 backstroke in 58.88, edging North Dakota’s Maddie Derby by .52 seconds.  She also finished in fourth in the 50 free, with a time of 25.08 and seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:01.43), finishing ahead of all St. Cloud State foes in those events.
Senior Emily Pascavis had a strong showing in the diving events. She was second in the 3-meter diving, trailing only Ari Brace of North Dakota, with a score of 220.55.  She was fourth in the 1-meter diving in 202.10.

Senior Jackie Woods had strong performances in the 200 breaststroke, taking second in 2:29.94 and in the 100 breaststroke, placing fourth in 1:08.78.

Freshman Sami DuVal had a solid collegiate debut, taking sixth in the 200 butterfly in 2:18.81. Junior Shae Bodrero was sixth in the 100 IM in 1:04.09 while Woods was seventh in 1:04.12.

MSUM’s 400 medley relay, consisting of Sullivan, Woods, DuVal and senior Annika Bordak, was third in 4:02.25. The Dragon 200 medley relay was fourth in 1:50.66. That consisted of Sullivan, Woods, Bordak and junior Amber Helgoe.

Junior Danica Scheef was seventh in the 400 IM in 5:09.70 while freshman Erin Fons was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.71.

MSUM is off until Oct. 16-17 when its hosts its home quad. Northern Michigan, St. Cloud State and Northern State are the other teams competing.
Swimming news courtesy of Minnesota State Moorhead Swimming.

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