College swimming: Jackrabbits' Elisabeth Timmer sets records at national meet

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ELKHART, Ind. — Elisabeth Timmer competed in a pair of B finals Saturday night and turned in one more record-setting performance as a group of South Dakota State swimmers wrapped up the 2023 CSCAA National Invitational Championship at Beacon Health Aquatic Center.

A senior from Savaneta, Aruba, Timmer was among the top 20 swimmers during the morning prelims in both the 100-yard individual medley and the 100 freestyle. She shaved .12 seconds off her own school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.18 seconds, then came back with a time of 50.47 seconds during the evening session to place 18th.

In the 100 IM, Timmer finished 14th with a time of 56.72 seconds in the B final, improving by .21 seconds from her time in the prelims.

On the men’s side, Austin Smith was the lone Jackrabbit to advance to a final on Saturday, placing 16th in the 100 IM with a time of 50.07 seconds.

The CSCAA National Invitational marked the final competition of the swimming and diving season for SDSU.


Elisabeth Timmer broke the South Dakota State women’s swimming record in the 200-yard freestyle during preliminary action Friday, earning a spot in the event’s B final during the second day of competition at the 2023 CSCAA National Invitational Championship at the Beacon Health Aquatic Center.

A senior from Savaneta, Aruba, Timmer clocked a record time of 1 minute, 49.66 seconds during the morning session. That bettered the previous mark of 1:49.95 set by Richelle Bruyckere in 2018.

Timmer, whose prelim time ranked 20th among 73 competitors, remained in the 20th spot during the event finals Friday night as she came back with a time of 1:50.92.

Also on Friday, Timmer anchored the Jackrabbits’ 200 medley relay, teaming with Sianne Downes, Emma Bachelder and Jenna Currier for a 41st-place time of 1:44.39.

Two Jackrabbit relays finished in the top 20 of the men’s division on Friday. Placing 17th in a time of 1:29.52 was the 200 medley relay team of Aiden Carstensen, Matthew Heaphy, Austin Smith and Eric Anderson.

The 800 freestyle relay quartet of Denilson Cyprianos, Anderson, Smith and Sam Johnson wound up 20th with a time of 6:44.58.

No Jackrabbit men qualified for event finals on Friday. Carstensen was the highest individual finisher in the prelims with a 28th-place showing in the 100 backstroke, 49.64 seconds.