University of Sioux Falls Women Win 8 Swimming Events at Midwest Shootout

Midwest Shootout

  • Oct. 12, 2019
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Results

Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls Athletics

OMAHA, NEB. – The University of Sioux Falls Women’s Swimming Team continued an impressive opening to the 2019-20 season by winning eight of 12 swimming events at the Midwest Shootout which was hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday (Oct. 12).

The Cougars have three wins individually from sophomore Elizabeth Spaans, reigning NSIC Swimmer of the Week Ella Johnson, a sophomore, and freshman Ursula Demarquet among the standout efforts.

“We had a solid meet with performances of substance across the board,” said USF Head Coach Chris Hamstra, whose team takes a week off of competition before hosted a quad dual meet (Augustana, MSU Moorhead and Minnesota State. “I was pleased with their efforts today and this fall,” he said.

Spaans won the 200 IM in 2:11.81 and was part of two winning relays. She swam on the winning 200 medley relay that finished in 1:49.95. Johnson, Giulia Marcon and Chantal Kasch also swam on the relay. USF also took third (Jenna Krahn, Abigail Ford, Valerie Childs and Leah Eagleton) and fifth (Julia Zanto, Sydnie Saddoris, Makenzy Kennedy and Tori Bailey) in the relay.

Spaans, Johnson, Krahn and Demarquet was part of the victorious 400 free relay in 3:34.85. The Cougars also took fourth in the race in 3:48.54 with a team of Ford, Kennedy, Nina Groene and Kasch.

Johnson also captured the 500 free with a clocking of 5:13.17. Across nearly every event, USF had multiple place winners. And in the 500 free, Ford was third in 5:15.33 while Spaans was fifth in 5:21.83.

Demarquet picked up and individual win in the 100 fly in 58.18 and was joined in the top four by Childs, second, 59.66 and Kennedy, fourth, 1:00.06.

USF also picked up a win the 50 free as Krahn clocked a 24.62 to earn the win. She was joined in the top four by Johnson in third at 25.44 and senior Kyjana Webber, fourth, 25.59.

Kasch captured the 100 breast in 1:05.59 and was joined by Ford in the top four at fourth at 1:09.77.

USF also had a third relay win in the 200 free as they clocked 1:40.20 to earn the win. Demarquet, Childs, Eagleton and Marcon were part of that relay. USF was fourth in the same relay with a clocking of 1:44.61 with a team of Evelyn VanDeMark, Gigi Bario, Saddoris and Bailey.

Marcon had another solid meet for USF by taking second in the 200 free in 1:57.63 and just .47 out of first. She was third in the 100 free in 55.18. And, USF also had a solid performance in the 100 backstroke as Krahn was third in 1:01.34 with Bario, fourth, 1:01.34 and Zanto, fifth, 1:02.6.

Courtesy: Nebraska-Omaha Athletics

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha swimming and diving program opened its 2019-20 season while hosting the Midwest Shootout at the H&K Pool on Saturday.

Event Winner
Rachel Morrow – 100 Free (54.88)

Notable Swims and Dives
2nd Place – 200 Medley Relay (1:50.09)
(Abigail Mitchell, Caroline Gardner, Bethany Gatlin, Alyssa Parsons)
2nd Place – 200 Free Relay (1:40.33)
(Anna Capoun, Brook Landt, Annie Leinart, Rachel Morrow)
2nd Place – 400 Free Relay (3:35.49)
(Annie Leinart, Bethany Gatlin, Rachel Morrow, Anna Capoun)
Kady Eller – 3rd Place 1-Meter Dive (214.40)
Caroline Gardner – 2nd Place 100 Breast (1:06.91)
Bethany Gatlin – 3rd Place 100 Fly (59.80)
Megan Latta – 2nd Place 100 Back (1:01.12)
Annie Leinart – 3rd Place 200 Free (1:58.84)
Rebecca Martini – 3rd Place 200 IM (2:13.65)
Abigail Mitchell – 2nd Place IM (2:12.12) | 2nd Place 100 Free (55.11)
Rachel Morrow – 1st Place 100 Free (54.88) | 2nd Place 50 Free (25.21)

Samland Says
“I was happy to see this meet for our girls as we hosted our first early-bird invite. We had over 300 fans watching some really good swimming and diving. I am really proud of the way our team competed and cheered each other on. We had some really nice swims and a couple of surprises from some of our freshmen.” – head coach Todd Samland

Just Outside
Omaha finished just outside the top three in four different events – 200 Medley Relay, 200 IM, 100 Free and 3-Meter Dive.

Collegiate Debuts
Nine freshmen competed in their first action as a Maverick on Saturday afternoon. The group includes Mallory Dickey, Kady Eller, Caroline Gardner, Megan Latta, Annie Leinart, Maddie Mather, Abigail Mitchell, Mackenzie Stewart and Natalie Wright.

What’s Next
The Mavericks have next week off and travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in a dual meet.

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