Timmer, Pickar, Thompson earn Summit honors


A trio of South Dakota State University athletes earned Summit League weekly honors, announced on Tuesday.

Elisabeth Timmer, swimming

After winning four event titles and clocking a new pool record in dual action last week, South Dakota State’s Elisabeth Timmer was honored Tuesday as Summit League Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

A junior from Savaneta, Aruba, Timmer received the award after winning the 50-yard freestyle in a pool-record time of 23.92 seconds in an Oct. 8 dual against Augustana, bettering a mark that stood for 12 years. Timmer also claimed individual races in the 100 butterfly (58.90 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:55.84) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay, teaming with Kelsey Kocon, Morgan Nelson and Emma Bachelder for a time of 1:48.80.

Timmer’s award marked the fourth time in her career she has been named Summit League Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

The Jackrabbits, 1-1 in duals so far this season, return to action with two competitions this weekend. South Dakota State hosts Iowa State in a women’s-only dual at 5 p.m. Friday, before traveling to Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Saturday for a double dual with Iowa Central and Barton (Kan.).


Tatum Pickar, volleyball

South Dakota State’s Tatum Pickar has been named this week’s TicketSmarter Summit League Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.

Pickar tallied 5.32 digs per set (38 total) and six service aces last week to help the Jacks’ to a 2-0 mark. She had 24 digs and six aces, two shy of the SDSU single-match record, in the team’s 3-1 win over Western Illinois. In the sweep of St. Thomas, Pickar had 14 digs, the only player in double figures.

This is Pickar’s third career defensive player of the week honor and the first for a Jackrabbit this season.


Erik Thompson, diving

After consistent performances in the Jackrabbits’ season opener, South Dakota State’s Erik Thompson was honored Tuesday as TicketSmarter Summit League Men’s Diver of the Week.

A junior from Prior Lake, Minnesota, Thompson recorded a pair of runner-up finishes in an Oct. 8 home dual against Augustana. An all-Summit League performer a year ago, he placed second with a score of 261.15 points in the 1-meter competition and added a runner-up score of 268.13 on the 3-meter board.

The Jackrabbit men resume action Saturday, traveling to Fort Dodge, Iowa, for a double dual against Iowa Central and Barton (Kan.). Start time is set for 1 p.m.

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