Omaha Women, St. Cloud State Men Claim Wins At Rochester Invite

2022 Rochester Invite

Courtesy: Nebraska Omaha Athletics

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Omaha swimming & diving wrapped up the Rochester Invite Sunday with another 38 combined top-10 finishes. The Maverick women came out on top, while the men finished second overall.

“It was great to see our swimmers compete from start to finish” said interim head coach Jessica Hessel. “We were pretty tired tonight and still showed up with guts and some impressive times at the end of session six. We are going home with two new school records and countless personal bests. Now, we are starting a new block of training to sharpen up our races and swim even faster at conference.  I appreciate Bryce and Eric putting in the work to support our team and set them up for success.”

The Omaha women’s team collected 21 top-10 finishes. Sunday’s finals got started with a first and third place finish by Olivia Theil and Gracie Streblow in the 200-back. Theil earned first with a time of 2:06.99, while Streblow got third with a time of 2:08.19.

Payton Easley and Parker Hagemann then took first and second in the 100-free. Easley led the pack with a time of 52.35. Hagemann was right on her tail with a time of 52.40 for second.

In the 200-breast, Caroline Gardner placed second for Omaha with a time of 2:21.80. Gardner then came out on top in the next women’s event. She swam a time of 59.85 in the 100-IM for first.

Sadie Khalil was the top placer for the Maverick women in the 200-fly. She swam a time of 2:13.06 in the 200-fly.

The Mavericks then claimed the top spot in the final two events. Carina Monroe took home gold in the 1650-free with a time of 17:33.38. She was five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Following the 1650-free event, a team of Hagemann, Easley, Olivia Dendinger, and Rachel Shelstad placed first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:30.15.

The men’s swimming team took home another 17 top-10 finishes, and the events got started off with a school record by Mason Schroeder in the 200-back. He swam a time of 1:47.64 for first place.

Owen Hoak and Chas Nolte then took third for the Mavericks in the 100-free and 200-breast, respectively. Hoak swam a time of 45.98, while Nolte swam a time of 2:03.70.

Hoak turned around two events later with third in the 100-IM. He posted a time of 52.47.

In the 200-fly, the Mavericks found their lone first-place finish of the night. Caden Murphy swam a time of 1:52.48 for the top spot.

In the final two events, Nick Walkley claimed sixth in the 1650-free with a time of 16:26.09, while a team of Hoak, Grant SchaefferCaleb Miller, and Grant Waszak placed second in the 400 free relay. They swam a time of 2:58.28.

Omaha will return to action next weekend. For the first time this year, the Mavericks will be in their home pool. They host Midland and Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy: St. Cloud State Athletics

Rochester, Minn.  – The St. Cloud State Swim & Dive team set multiple school records and won several events at the Rochester Invite. The Huskies hosted a 10-team, three-day meet at the Rochester-Olmstead County Recreation Center Natatorium. The SCSU women’s team finished second, only falling to Nebraska Omaha, scoring 1625.5 points. While the men’s team won the meet, scoring 1955.5 points.

For the men, St. Cloud State scored 1955.5, followed by Nebraska Omaha (1805), St. Thomas (1281.5), UW-Eau Claire (1248.5), St. John’s (1055.5), and UW-La Crosse (854.5)

For the women, Omaha finished first with 2018 points, followed by the Huskies (1625.5), St. Thomas (1411), UW-La Crosse (1129.5), UW-Eau Claire (1058.5), and St. Olaf (669).


  • Junior Raf Hendriks broke the 100-yard backstroke record on Saturday leading off the 400-yard medley relay. He lowered his own record with a time of 47.67.
  • Sophomore Meredith Bangs broke the 200-yard IM record on Friday, recording a time of 2:05.95 at finals. She surpassed Kellyn Craig, who produced a time of 2:06.15.
  • The men’s 200-yard medley relay of Hendriks, senior Jayden Porter, junior, Emile Dost, and senior Abe Townley set the school record posting a time of 1:27.35. The team beat their own school record from last season
  • The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay of Townley, Hendriks, Dost, and freshman Mason Beck earned the school record posting a time of 1:19.48. This time ranks them 4th in the country.
  • The men’s 400-yard medley relay of Hendriks, Porter, Dost, and Beck earned the school record posting a time of 3:14.99, surpassing the previous school record by almost 4 seconds.
  • The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay of Hendriks, Dost, Beck, and Townley earned the school record posting a time of 2:58.28.

Next, the Huskies will travel to Brookings, SD to face South Dakota State on Saturday, Jan. 14.

For all the latest on St. Cloud State Swim and Dive, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter,

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments