Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships – February 22nd


South Dakota State University Recap

The South Dakota State swimming and diving teams took another step forward in day three of the Summit League Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Operations Friday night.

The Jacks men sit in third place with 292.5 points while the women are in fourth with 275.5 points through three days of competition.

The Jackrabbits saw broken records for the third night in a row with a trio of new times set Friday.

New Records
In prelims, Wyatt Rumrill set the school record in the men’s 100 back with a time of 55.11, breaking the previous mark of 55.76.

Trever Brenner reset his own school record in the 200 free, placing fourth with a time of 1:37.50 to top the 1:37.82 time he set Wednesday in his opening leg of the 800 free relay.

In the 400 medley relay, the men’s ‘A’ team reset the school record in 3:19.18 to place second while breaking the previous mark of 3:19.80.

Who Else Placed
On the women’s side of the 400 medley relay, the ‘A’ team finished fourth with a season-best time of 3:51.02.

In the women’s 400 IM, Ashley Theobald placed 11th with a season-best time of 4:36.76 while Liezl Ocon (4:41.96) placed 15th.

Jacob Sutej placed 13th in the men’s 400 IM with a team season-best time of 4:11.57, with Damon Venner finishing 16th in a career-best 4:13.98.

Richelle Bruyckere and Emily Pincus finished seventh and eighth in the women’s 200 free, posting a 1:51.94 and 1:52.30, respectively. Daniela Santillan finished in 13th in 1:55.44.

After Brenner’s fourth-place finish, Cody Watkins (1:40.83) placed ninth and Ben Johnson (1:42.74) 13th, posting career-best times. Alex Kraft finished 11th in 1:42.08.

Rumrill placed fourth in the men’s 100 breast in 55.23. For the women, Kady Harris swam a career-best 1:06.63 to place 11th. Mikayla Beckman (1:05.80) finished ninth and Sam Frigard (1:07.69) placed 14th.

Alice Foote swam a career-best 57.95 to place seventh in the women’s 100 back, followed up by Tiffany Nguyen (58.88) in 13th, Rori Conners (59.52) in 14th and Annika Skogg (1:00.52) in 16th.

In the men’s 100 back, Henry Skinner posted a career-best and team season-best 50.38 to place sixth. Chase Petersen placed eighth in 50.61 with Jared Miller (51.30) placing 10th and Josh Wuflestad finishing 12th in a career-best 51.52.

In the women’s 1-meter dive, Abbigail Rouse placed ninth with a score of 212.70 and Quincee Simonson finished in 10th with a 206.75.


  1. Denver – 803
  2. South Dakota – 473
  3. Omaha – 402
  4. South Dakota State – 275.5
  5. W. Illinois – 179.5
  6. E. Illinois – 145


  1. Denver – 706
  2. South Dakota – 439.5
  3. South Dakota State – 292.5
  4. W. Illinois – 246
  5. E. Illinois – 228
  6. Valparaiso – 136

Career Bests
400 IM – Liezl Ocon – 4:41.36
200 Free – Maria Currie – 1:58.73
200 Free – Emily Pincus – 1:52.10
200 Free – Daniela Santillan – 1:54.56
100 Breast – Kady Harris – 1:06.63
100 Back – Annika Skogg – 59.37
100 Back – Alice Foote – 57.95

400 IM – Josh Wuflestad – 4:17.67
400 IM – Markus Egger – 4:16.61
400 IM – Damon Venner – 4:13.98
200 Free – Trever Brenner – 1:37.50*
200 Free – William Bierschbach – 1:43.64
200 Free – Cody Watkins – 1:40.83
200 Free – Ben Johnson – 1:42.74
100 Breast – Maclaine Johnson – 1:00.22
100 Breast – Wyatt Rumrill – 55.11*
100 Back – Henry Skinner – 50.38
100 Back – William Bierschbach – 52.71
100 Back – Jon Gouger – 53.33
100 Back – Josh Wuflestad – 51.52
* -School Record

Up Next
The Jacks return for the fourth and final day of conference championships Saturday with swimming prelims starting at 10 a.m., diving prelims at 1 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Courtesy: SDSU

University of South Dakota Recap

Sarah Schank’s big smile told the whole story Friday at the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships.

The South Dakota senior closed out her collegiate career, with a little redemption, in claiming her first Summit League title on the one-meter diving board. It capped a sweep of the diving events for the native of Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

“It feels good,” Schank said. “It feels like all the hard work finally paid off, all four years of it.”

Schank, similar to last year, was the preliminary leader in the one-meter competition with 274.85 points. This time around she closed the door with a new personal best of 285.1 in the finals, moving up one spot into third on the school’s top 10 list, following her ninth individual victory of the season on one-meter.

“Just going into today I was just really confident that I could dive well, just focusing on myself,” Schank said. “I set a goal for 260 in the prelims, and I went over that. Was not expecting 285 in the finals, could have gone a lot better but I am happy with it.

“Definitely like a redemption, I felt pretty good, wasn’t even thinking about last year out there today. Just because I felt so confident that I could just do really good. I think it showed.”

Haley Pederson, a sophomore, added her second all-conference honors of the week with a third-place finish in the one-meter diving event. She posted a season-best score of 270.50 in the finals, while also qualifying for the NCAA Zone Qualifying Meet.

Two more South Dakota individuals and a pair of relays claimed all-conference honors following top three finishes on day three at the Midco Aquatic Center.

Sabrina Sabadeanu, a junior, swam to a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke in 56.29 while classmate James Ryan finished third in the 100 breaststroke in a season-best 54.91.

The women’s 400 medley relay foursome of Sabadeanu, Meghan Atwell, Hannah Gupton and Katie Coleman finished second in 3:47.7. The men’s 400 medley relay set a new school record as the quartet of Brady Torborg, Ryan, Jared Thorson and Jake Leichner finished third in 3:19.83.

South Dakota swimming athletes made an assault on the school’s top 10 list during competition in Friday’s prelims and finals.

Torborg, a freshman, swam to a school record in the 100 backstroke with his prelim time of 49.88. He was fifth in the finals at 50.00.

Charlie Bean, a freshman, moved up to No. 2 all-time in the 200 freestyle with his 1:39.83 clocking in the finals, finishing seventh, after he clocked 1:40.68 in the prelims.

Seven athletes made the move either up or onto the 100 breaststroke top 10 list, three females and four males. Javi Quinones is now No. 2 all-time with his 55.26 time in the finals after he clocked 55.71 in the prelims. Elbert Chuang lowered his personal best time to 56.37 and is now 5th while Caden DeLay and Leichner are now tied for sixth at 56.58 as DeLay swam his time in the prelims and Leichner in the finals.

Atwell, a freshman, moved up to third with a 1:04.53 clocking in the finals, a shade better than her 1:04.61 prelim time from the morning session. Isabelle Davenport swan 1:04.70 in the prelims to move up to fifth and Isabel Fairbanks is now eighth at 1:05.63 from her prelim time.

Katie Coleman moved up to fourth in the 100 backstroke with a 57.23 from the finals while Griffin Wolner posted a personal best of 4:04.30 in the finals of the 400 IM to move up to fourth all-time.

The Coyote men and women’s teams still sit in second place each heading into Saturday, the final day of the Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships.

Courtesy: USD

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