Despite a loss to in-state rival South Dakota State, head coach Jason Mahowald was pleased with his team’s swim and dive performance Friday night.
The University of South Dakota men fell by a score of 182-108, and the women lost 155-139 to SDSU in the DakotaDome.
“We’re swimming great (and) diving great,” Mahowald said. “Everything we’ve wanted to see this weekend, we’ve seen.”
Senior Colin Krysl had two first place finishes for the Coyote men, winning both the 100m and 200m butterfly. SDSU’s Alex McLain won both the 100m and 200m backstroke races.
Junior Ean Kiddoo was not entirely pleased with his performance, as he placed sixth in the 200m freestyle and fifth in the 400m freestyle, but was still excited racing against in-state rivals SDSU.
“There’s always going to be the aspect of the rivalry,” Kiddoo said. “But you go out every other meet just as hard as this meet.”
For SDSU’s men, Ben Bolinske won the 50m and 100m freestyle races. Connor Florand won both the 1m and 3m diving for the Jacks. Chris Angerhofer won both the 400m and 800m freestyle.
For USD’s women, sophomore Sam Schutt had four first place finishes, winning the 400m medley relay, the 200m freestyle, the 100m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. Sophomore Greysen Hertting won both the 1m and 3m diving competition, breaking a six-year a school record with a score of 320.33.
For the Jackrabbit’s, Emily Campbell won the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.
Even though her team lost, junior Hannah Veselik had a positive outlook on the day’s performances.
“We are doing exceptionally well,” Veselik said. “I am so proud of all the girls right now — we’re all swimming very well.”
(Photo: Sophomore Jaden Van Dike competes in the 400m medley relay Jan. 23 during a swim meet against SDSU. Van Dike and his three teammates placed fourth in the event. Overall, the USD men lost to SDSU 182-108. Phil Millar / The Volante)