The University of South Dakota men’s and women’s swim and dive teams lost to the University of North Dakota Saturday. The men lost 169-129, while the women lost 170-121.
Although the Coyotes lost the meet, head coach Jason Mahowald feels positive about his team’s form as they float toward the conference meet in February.
“We’re definitely ahead of where I thought we’d be this weekend,” Mahowald said. “I think we looked really good.”
For the Coyote men, Lucas Frederick won both the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle. Junior Chase Testa set a school record with 288 points in the 1-meter dive, winning the event.
Sophomore Jake Knowles was optimistic about his team’s performance, especially their win in the final race of the meet, the 400-meter freestyle relay — which they won by mere inches.
“We’re swimming out of our minds,” Knowles said.
North Dakota was led by Martin Pozniak who won the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly, as well as the 100m backstroke. Pozniak also contributed in North Dakota’s winning the 200-meter medley relay team.
For USD’s women, sophomore Sam Schutt won the 100-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle races. Schutt also helped claim a win in the 400-meter freestyle relay. On the board, sophomore Greysen Hertting won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive for the Coyotes.
“Our team is awesome,” Hertting said.
For UND, Erin Grabanski won the 50-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly, and placed second in the 100-meter freestyle. Grabanski also claimed a UND win in the 200-meter medley relay team.
(Photo: University of South Dakota and University of North Dakota swimmers dive into the pool at the start of the 400-meter freestyle relay. Phillip Millar / The Volante)