SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Minnesota Morris swimming & diving team had a successful day in the pool on Friday on the second day of the Augustana Invitational.
Opening the morning with preliminary swims, Jenna Gutterman advanced in the 400 IM to the evening’s ‘C’ final after a time of 5:07.28. In the evening session, Gutterman had a 5:08.05 to finish 30th overall. The prelim time for Gutterman ranked sixth all-time for a Cougar swimmer in the event. Liesl Smee also found the record book in the event, swimming a 5:36.10 for the 20th-best time ever in program history.
In other preliminary events, Lilly Radintz had the 15th-best time in the 200 Freestyle, swimming a 2:09.84. Evan Westrum turned in the fourth-best time in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:14.18, while Paige Haugen had the 14th-best time ever for the Cougars with a 1:18.09. Morgan Ball also improved her PR in the 100 Backstroke, swimming a 1:09.13 for the 20th-best time ever in program history.
In the evening, the 200 Freestyle Relay opened the session with the ‘A’ team of Abby Doyle, Radintz, Carolyn Curtis, and Westrum swimming a 1:46.49. The ‘B’ team of Jalissa Johnson, Smee, Ball, and Hannah Wellens finished in 1:53.22, and the ‘C’ team of Huagen, Anna Fairbanks, Gutterman, and Victoria Johnson clocked a 2:06.30.
The night’s final event was the 400 Medley Relay. In that race, the ‘A’ team of Ball, Westrum, Curtis, and Radintz turned in a 4:31.78. The ‘B’ team of Wellens, Haugen, Smee, and Doyle closed out in 4:40.13.
The final day of the Augustana Invite begins with prelims at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, followed by finals at 4:30 p.m.