SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Minnesota Morris swimming & diving team finished up the three-day Augustana Invite on Saturday. Though the Cougars ended in 13th place in a competition that featured mainly Division I and Division II opponents, UMN Morris nevertheless had a number of performances worth highlighting.
In the opening individual event of the day, Evan Westrum swam a 1:07.81 in the 100 IM prelims for the sixth-fastest time in school history. Morgan Ball had the 12th-fastest time of 1:10.99 in the same event and Lilly Radintz submitted the 19th-fastest time with a 1:13.73.
In the 200 Backstroke, Ball had the 17th-fastest time in school history with a 2:30.38. Abby Doyle was right behind her with the 18th-fastest time of 2:31.33.
Another pair, Westrum and Jenna Gutterman competed in the 100 Freestyle with Westrum clocking a 57.40 for the 14th-best time in school history. Gutterman had a 58.05 for the 15th-best time ever for the Cougars.
In the 200 Breaststroke, Paige Haugen improved on her PR with a time of 2:48.55 for the 10th-best time ever for Minnesota Morris.
Liesl Smee was the lone individual to advance to a final on Saturday night, making it to the ‘C’ final of the 200 Butterfly. Smee swam a 2:40.74 in the prelims and then had a 2:37.50 to place 27th overall in the race while turning in the eighth-best time in program history.
In the 1650 Freestyle, Gutterman registered a time of 19:19.92, ranking as the second-best showing in the distance event ever for the Cougars.
The competition ended with the 400 Freestyle Relay. In that one, the ‘A’ team of Gutterman, Radintz, Doyle, and Westrum swam a 3:54.51, the ‘B’ team of Jalissa Johnson, Ball, Smee, and Carolyn Curtis went 4:09.76, and the ‘C’ team of Haugen, Hannah Wellens, Anna Fairbanks, and Victoria Johnson finished in 4:39.95.
Minnesota Morris will return to action in the new year with the two-day Dragon Invite, hosted by Minnesota State University-Moorhead on January 14 and 15.