Two SDSU swimmers set records

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SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota State’s Eric Anderson and Elisabeth Timmer each set school records in the 100-yard freestyle on the final day of competition at the Augustana Invitational Saturday at the Midco Aquatic Center.

Anderson, a freshman from Fargo, North Dakota, set his mark on the men’s side in the morning preliminaries with a time of 44.22 seconds. He came back in the evening session with a time of 44.74 seconds, but managed to win the event by nearly a half-second. Teammate Alex Kraft placed fourth in 45.72 seconds.

The previous record time of 44.39 seconds was set by Ben Bolinske in 2016.

Timmer, who broke her own school record in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, set a new 100 freestyle standard in Saturday night’s finals with a winning time of 50.45 seconds. Timmer eclipsed the previous record of 50.60 seconds established by Richelle Bruyckere in 2018.

In all, the Jackrabbit men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads combined to set school records in the three-day competition.

Also claiming an event title for the Jackrabbit men on Saturday was Spencer Fritze, who led a Jackrabbit sweep of the top three spots in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 315.35. Erik Thompson was runner-up with 292 points and Zach Boyd placed third with 288.65 points.

Swimming to runner-up finishes for the Jackrabbit men were Marcus Benson in the 200 backstroke (1:50.46) and Parker R. Brown in the 1,650 freestyle (16:07.36). Caleb Harthoorn was fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:54.90), while Quenton Steffen placed third in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.36).

The SDSU quartet of Rafael Negri, Charles Sieglaff, Kraft and Anderson closed the meet with a runner-up time of 3:01.94 in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Jackrabbit women also received a winning performance from Sianne Downes, who edged teammate Kelsey Kocon for the 200 backstroke title. Downes touched the wall in 2:03.09, with Kocon clocking a time of 2:03.13. Emma Walz placed sixth (2:04.36) and Rori Conners took eighth (2:04.90) as SDSU placed four swimmers in the championship heat.

SDSU also notched a runner-up finish in the women’s 400 freestyle relay as Emma Bachelder, Grace Witherspoon, Kocon and Timmer turned in a time of 3:26.60.

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The Jackrabbits will be in training for the remainder of the calendar year and are slated to return to competition Jan. 15 by hosting St. Cloud State in dual action.

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