North Dakota Men & Women Swim Past South Dakota State

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • January 15, 2017
  • Score
    • Women: North Dakota 231, South Dakota State 61
    • Men: North Dakota 222, South Dakota State 73

Press Release

Courtesy of North Dakota Athletics

The North Dakota swimming and diving teams polished off a successful weekend swing through the state of South Dakota Sunday by posting a pair of dominating wins over South Dakota State. After setting nine new pool records in Friday’s wins at South Dakota, UND etched five new pool records in Sunday’s wins at SDSU, out-scoring the Jacks, 231-61 on the women’s side while the men were 222-73 winners.

“Today was another good day of racing for us,” UND head coach Chris Maiello said. “It’s always good to come to SDSU and come away with strong victories. We really took it to them today and our athletes deserve the win. The meet again was highlighted by pool records, the five pool records set the bar high for our team and they responded well.”

North Dakota’s 400 medley relay had all three of its women’s teams finish in the first three spots to kick off the meet. Gabi Liedy won a pair of events by taking the 1000 freestyle (10:52.50) and 500 free (5:18.75). Katie Breault won three events, taking the 200 IM (2:06.70) and 100 fly (56.78) in pool record times then also winning the 200 free (1:53.67). Madi Derby went 58.40 in the 100 backstroke and 2:06.51 in the 200 event to record a pair of wins. Steph Frey took the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.66 and the 100 free in 52.87. Marlena Pigliacampi’s 2:03.86 in the 200 fly was a new pool standard. Emily Hamel won the 50 sprint (24.21) while Nicole Stevens won the 200 breaststroke (2:30.06). The 400 free relay closed the meet with a win (3:37.51) as the women won every swimming event.

In diving, Ari Brace was first in the 3-meter dive (258.08) while Keeley Coffee took third. From the short board, Brace was second (213.60) with Coffee third.

The UND men’s 400 medley relay started the men’s meet with a win. Jacob Wielinski out-paced the field by nearly a half-minute in the 1000 freestyle (9:29.98) then cruised to wins in the 200 fly (1:53.62) and 500 free (4:36.14). Noah Lucas was the 200 freestyle (1:43.32) and 100 free (47.01) champion. Sam Marlow won both backstroke races, going 52.34 in the 100 and 1:52.61 in the 200 event. Ivar Iverson won three events, winning the 200 IM in a pool record (1:53.38) while also taking the breaststroke events, 58.32 in the 100 and 2:10.04 in the 200. Tyler Zelen’s 20.64 in the 50 free set a new pool mark, he then later won the 100 fly (52.13). The 400 free relay was also victorious (3:09.37) to complete a clean sweep of wins for the swimmers as UND won all 14 races.

Mitch Raihle won the 3-meter dive (314.10), then took second in the 1-meter event (285.43)

“Our intensity was unmatched during the meet today,” Maiello said. “When we set the tone by supporting each other, we are a really strong team. At this point in the season we are encouraged by our results, however we are about to enter our final stretch of training in the next couple of weeks that will challenge our team. We need to continue to focus on training and the details of racing to get better. These results will not be good enough in just a few short weeks.”

“The two freshmen boys stood out,” UND diving coach Brian Strom said. “Mitch had the best performances of his career thus far. He just missed out on zones on both boards so a solid output.

“Ari was competing well, still some things we’re working on, getting into the water cleanly. We’ve got the same competition here in a couple weeks so we’re ready to go.”

The North Dakota divers will compete in the Polar Bear Invitational in Winnipeg, Man., this Friday and Saturday while the full team preps for a return trip from South Dakota State in UND’s final home dual on Jan. 28.

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