SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota State women’s swimming team opened and closed the first night of finals at the Augustana Invitational with victories in relay events Thursday at Midco Aquatic Center.
The Jackrabbit quartet of Kelsey Kocon, Samantha Frigard, Emma Walz and Elisabeth Timmer teamed for a winning time of 1 minute, 43.48 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay in the first event final of the three-day competition.
Timmer later led a Jackrabbit sweep of the top three individual spots on the podium in the 50 freestyle, clocking a winning time of 23.15 seconds. Emma Bachelder was second in 23.76 seconds and Katie Pattee placed third in 23.83 seconds.
Also Thursday night, Timmer swam in the finals of the 100 butterfly. After notching the second-fastest time in the prelims at 56.68, she was just off that time by clocking a time of 56.86 seconds to place fifth.
Kocon turned in a fifth-place individual finish of her own in the 200 individual medley, recording a time of 2:0.25. Teammate Sianne Downes also reached the finals, placing 10th in 2:11.70.
Kocon and Timmer also made up half of South Dakota State’s victorious 800 freestyle relay to close the night, combining with Bachelder and Walz for a winning time of 7:35.73.
In men’s competition, Eric Anderson matched Timmer’s victory in the 50 freestyle with a winning time of 20.10 seconds. Three other SDSU swimmers qualified for the finals, with Rafael Negri placing fifth (:21.06), Charles Sieglaff finishing sixth (:21.07) and Liam Murray adding a ninth-place finish (:21.31).
Anderson also reached the finals of the 100 butterfly, placing eighth in 50.17 seconds.
Reigning Summit League Swimmer of the Week Alex Kraft paced a group of Jackrabbits who claimed three of the top four spots in the 500 freestyle. After notching the top time in the event in the prelims at 4:38.78, Kraft was edged by South Dakota’s Keegan Henning despite dropping his time to 4:37.32, compared to Henning’s 4:36.34.
Damon Venner placed third in the 500 freestyle in 4:38.44, with Parker Brown taking fourth in 4:39.49. Freshman Collin Schock also reached the finals, placing 10th in 4:48.83.
Other finalists for the Jackrabbit men were 200 individual medley entrants Austin Smith (fifth, 1:53.39), Gavin Wheeler (sixth, 1;53.95) and Quenton Steffen (ninth, 1:56.36).
Venner, Brown, Anderson and Kraft teamed for a runner-up finish in the 800 freestyle relay, 6:45.59, while the foursome of Caleb Harthoorn, Wheeler, Sieglaff and Anderson opened the meet with a third-place time of 1:31.92 in the 200 medley relay.