SDSU swimming & diving sweep double-dual

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South Dakota State’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams secured wins in a double-dual held on Saturday.

The women defeated Iowa Central, 180-76, and outscored Barton, 195-62, while the men posted idential 163-99 wins over both Iowa Central and Barton.

The Jackrabbits are off until Nov. 5 and 6 when they travel to Sioux Falls for the USD Quad Dual.

WOMEN

FORT DODGE, Iowa – South Dakota State dominated the freestyle events and received production up and down its lineup, including a three-victory performance by Emma Bachelder, to sweep a women’s swimming double dual from Iowa Central and Barton (Kan.) Saturday afternoon.

The Jackrabbits improved to 3-2 on the season.

Bachelder, a sophomore from Decorah, Iowa, led SDSU in the sprint freestyle events, winning the 50 freestyle in 24.89 seconds and leading a Jackrabbit sweep of the top three spots in the 100 freestyle with a top time of 54.46 seconds. Emma Walz took second in the 100 with a time of 54.51 seconds and Grace Witherspoon was third in 56.63 seconds. Witherspoon also was third in the 50 free (:25.31).

Bachelder’s third individual event title came in the 200 breaststroke, posting a winning time of 2:30.03, with Samantha Frigard right behind in 2:31.06. Frigard led another SDSU sweep for the podium spots in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:07.41. Freshmen Annemarie Rehbein (1:09.63) and Morgan Nelson (1:10.44) finished second and third, respectively.

The Jackrabbits made it a sweep of the freestyle events as Elisabeth Timmer won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.58 and Zoey Ahrens was victorious in the two longest races of the day. A sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa, Ahrens clocked respective winning times of 5:24.15 and 11:02.04 in the 500- and 1,000-yard races. Natalie Cannell was third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:33.80.

For good measure, SDSU closed the meet by claiming the 400 freestyle relay as the quartet of Timmer, Walz, Witherspoon and Kocon teamed for a time of 3:36.99.

Timmer also swam to an event title in the 100 butterfly, 59.60 seconds, and was part of the 400 medley relay foursome with Walz, Bachelder and Katie Pattee that opened the meet with a winning time of 3:45.73.

Kocon turned in an individual title of her own in the 100 backstroke as SDSU took three of the top four spots in the event. Kocon won in 58.52 seconds, while Walz was second in 58.85 and Rori Conners placed fourth in 1:02.95. Kocon placed behind teammate Sianne Downes in the 200 backstroke, with Downes touching the wall first in 2:07.67 and Kocon coming in second in 2:09.23. Conners was again fourth in 2:14.80.

Leticia Mendes contributed a runner-up time of 2:23.79 in the 200 butterfly.

MEN

FORT DODGE, Iowa – South Dakota State’s Alex Kraft won the 200-yard freestyle and added runner-up finishes in two other events to help lead the Jackrabbits to victories over Iowa Central and Barton (Kan.) in a men’s swimming and diving double dual Saturday.

SDSU improved to 3-0 in duals on the season.

A senior from Shakopee, Minnesota, Kraft clocked a winning time of 1 minute, 44.81 seconds in the 200 freestyle, while adding second-place efforts in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle (4:55.39). Parker Brown took third in the 500 with a time of 4:59.26 and later paced second in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:20.14.

In making his Jackrabbit debut after swimming earlier this month at the FINA World Cup in Europe, freshman Eric Anderson claimed the 100-yard freestyle in 46.75 seconds, with Kraft right behind in 47.60 seconds. Anderson also placed second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.30 seconds.

Anderson and Kraft later teamed with Charles Sieglaff and Sam Johnson to close out the meet with a winning time of 3:07.74 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Further highlighting the Jackrabbit victory was a sweep of the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke. Marcus Benson won the event in 1 minute, 58.91 seconds and was followed by teammates Austin Smith (2:00.09) and Caleb Harthoorn (2:00.22).

In the 100 backstroke, Smith came out victorious with a time of 53.06 seconds, with Benson taking third (:54.10) and Henry Skinner placing fourth (:55.86). Smith closed his afternoon with a runner-up finish in the 400 individual medley, 4:19.00.

The Jackrabbits also fared well in the 200 butterfly as Damon Venner placed second (1:59.88) and Max White took third (2:00.66).

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