SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota State swimming and diving teams finished day two of the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare with the women and men each in third place.
The women moved up the standings in the second day of competition behind a broken record and pair of medals Thursday night. They now trail only Denver (1st) and South Dakota (2nd) with a point total of 230.50. The men remain in third with a total of 232, trailing Denver and USD, respectively.
“We are trending in the right direction,” said head coach Doug Humphrey. “We had a great night of exceptional performances and I think we can have a night like tonight the rest of the week. The best is yet to come.”
In the 200 free relay, the women’s ‘A’ team (Elisabeth Timmer, Katie Drezen, Grace Witherspoon, Ashley Theobald) broke the school record with a mark of 1:34.11 to earn silver.
Drezen ended the night with more hardware, placing third in the 50 free with a career-best time of 23.59.
Emily Pincus finished fourth in the 500 free in a career-best 4:58.21. Daniela Santillan (5:07.88) placed 11th in consolations and Megan Schulte finished 15th (5:12.59).
In the 100 Fly, Kristen Davis led the way with a sixth-place time of 55.87. In consolations, Madison Sarantakos placed 10th (56.78), Liezl Ocon 12th (58.42) and Leticia Mendes 13th (58.63).
Theobald swam a career-best 2:06.28 in the 200 IM to finish seventh. Tiffany Nguyen placed 15th (2:10.72) and Samantha Frigard 16th (2:11.80).
The Jacks had a pair of finalists in the 50 free as Timmer placed sixth in 23.81 along with Drezen’s third-place finish. Witherspoon finished in 14th with a consolation time of 24.43.
Aleni Stoakes (242.70) and Quincee Simonson (239.05) placed fourth and fifth in the women’s 1-meter, respectively. Julia Gill placed 10th with a score of 207.25 in consolations.
SDSU sent three to the podium in the 500 free, led by Damon Venner in fifth with a career-best time of 4:33.75. Jared Miller placed seventh (4:37.89) and Alex Kraft eighth (4:39.54). In consolations, Parker Brown placed 12th in 4:39.62.
Cody Watkins and Cade Schoenauer finished top-eight in the 100 fly together with Watkins taking fourth-place in 50.45, and Schoenauer seventh-place (51.23). Max White placed 10th in a career-best 51.10, Naested Smit 14th in 52.49 and Caleb Harthoorn in 16th with a career-best 51.81.
Jacob Sutej was the lone Jackrabbit in the 200 IM, finishing 10th with a swim of 1:55.30.
In the 50 free, Henry Skinner placed 13th in a time of 21.02.
The men’s ‘A’ team (Mac Johnson, Kraft, Watkins, Skinner) finished fourth in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:22.56.
The Jacks return for day three of the championships Friday with swimming prelims beginning at 10 a.m., diving prelims at 1:30 p.m. and final events at 5 p.m.