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Two Mustangs Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Anderson Has Mustangs' Top Finish At NAIA Nationals
Steve Mohs has been named the new head men’s and women’s swim coach at Morningside College.
Mohs comes to Morningside from St. Cloud State University, where he had been an assistant coach since 2001. He worked primarily with the Huskies’ distance swimmers and individual medley specialists. Mohs also assisted in the recruitment of student-athletes and was in charge of the team’s off-season conditioning and weight training programs.
Mohs said he hopes to draw upon his experiences at St. Cloud State in developing a strong program at Morningside.
“Over the past seven years I’ve had the opportunity to be at a school which has a rich tradition of swimming excellence and to work with one of the best and most caring coaches (Jeff Hegle) in NCAA Division II swimming,” Mohs said. “I am excited about this opportunity because my time has come to show my strengths, my positive attitude, my resourcefulness, and my ability to motivate. I look forward to the challenge of being a first-time collegiate head coach, and I believe I can bring a new sense of pride and tradition to the Mustangs’ swim program.”
Aside from his assistant coaching duties at St. Cloud State, Mohs was also the head coach of the St. Cloud Area USA Swimming Club from 2004 to 2006, where he expanded the club’s participants from 75 to over 140.
Mohs is a 2001 graduate of St. Cloud State and was a varsity letterwinner for the men’s swim team. Mohs competed in every event except the 1650-yard freestyle during his collegiate career. He was voted a team captain as a senior and was twice voted by his teammates as the recipient of the Husky of the Year Award given to the person who best represents the team in the pool and in the classroom. Mohs also received the Huskies’ Hardest Worker Award.
He earned a master’s degree in sports management from St. Cloud State in 2007.
Mohs replaces former Morningside head coach Ron Allen, who resigned earlier this year.
Nichole Hagerty, a senior from Spearfish, S.D., and Kellie Harris, a senior from Omaha, Neb., have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the sport of women’s swimming & diving.
Hagerty has a 3.74 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and is majoring in biology. She placed ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke and 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke at last week’s NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships with school-record times of 2:28.91 and 1:09.73, respectively.
Hagerty earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the third time in her career.
Harris has a 3.67 cumulative GPA and is majoring in elementary education. Harris placed 16th in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:53.31 at last week’s NAIA National Championships. Harris is the Morningside record holder with times of 11:33.66 in the 1000-yard freestyle and 18:47.06 in the 1650-yard freestyle.
Harris also received Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors last year.
Student-athletes must be of at least junior status and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Click here for the complete list of Daktronics-NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athletes.
Morningside College’s Scott Anderson, a junior from Ottumwa, Iowa, placed sixth in the men’s 200-yard backstroke on Saturday for the Mustangs’ top performance at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
Anderson swam a school-record time of 1:56.63 en route to the best individual finish by a Morningside male athlete at the NAIA national meet in the five-year history of the Mustangs’ varsity program. Anderson also broke his previous Morningside record of 1:58.16 earlier in the day with a time of 1:56.76 in the prelims.
Anderson also had a school-record performance en route to an eighth place finish in Saturday's 1650-yard freestyle. He had a time of 16:34.35 to shatter the former Morningside standard of 16:51.58 by Casey McNare inn 2006.
Maggie Meier, a junior from Omaha, Neb., broke the Mustangs’ school record in the women’s 200-yard backstroke twice on Saturday on her way to a seventh place finish. Meier broke the former Morningside record of 2:16.67 set by Ally Stepp in 2004 with a time of 2:13.49 in the prelims and then improved the record to 2:13.02 in the finals.
Nichole Hagerty, a senior from Spearfish, S.D., placed ninth in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke with a school-record time of 2:28.91 to top her own previous Mustang standard of 2:30.0.
Morningside finished 12th in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:19.47 from the quartet of Kevin Alejo, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas; Joe Disalvo, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Nathan Hall, a freshman from Grinnell, Iowa; and Anderson. They had a school-record time of 3:18.77 in the prelims to break the former Morningside standard of 3:20.25.
The Mustangs’ Kellie Harris, a junior from Omaha, placed 16th in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:53.31.
Morningside broke three school records during Friday’s action.
Anderson placed seventh in the men’s 100-yard backstroke with a school record time of 53.76 seconds. Anderson had a time of 54.08 seconds in Friday’s prelims to break his own previous Mustang standard of 54.72 he sat at the 2006 national meet.
Hagerty had a school-record time of 1:09.73 en route to a 10th place finish in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke. She had a time of 1:10.11 in the prelims to top her previous Morningside record of 1:10.34 she set at last year’s national meet.
Meier had a time of 1:01.46 in the women’s 100-yard backstroke prelims to carve more than a second off her previous Morningside record of 1:02.65 she set at last year’s national meet. Meier finished 12th in the finals with a time of 1:01.89.
Morningside finished 11th in the women’s 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:18.12 from the quartet of Meier, Hagerty, Kayla Shoup, a junior from Houston, Texas, and Harris.
Anderson combined with Disalvo, Alejo, and Hall for a 12th place time of 1:31.12 in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay.
Morningside finished 10th in the men’s 200-yard medley relay for its best showing during Thursday’s action..
The Mustangs’ quartet of Anderson, Michael Bryant, a sophomore from Farragut, Tenn.; Hall, and Disalvo, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, swam a time of 1:40.95 in Thursday evening’s final. They had a school-record time of 1:40.23 in the prelims to break the previous Morningside standard of 1:40.31.
The Mustangs also broke a school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay when Anderson, Disalvo, Hall, and Alejo combinned for an 11th place time of 7:19.22 to break the former Morningside record of 7:20.16.
Morningside finished 11th in the women’s 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:59.60 from the quartert of Meier, Hagerty, Shoup, and Angie Bachmann, a junior from Omaha.
Meier, Shoup, Hagerty, and Harris combined for a 12th place time of 8:35.97 in the women’s 800-yard freestyle relay.
The NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships will continue through Saturday.