Gonzalez earns All-America honors in 200-yard freestyle
Suzanna Gonzalez, a senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., earned NAIA All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the women’s 200-yard freestyle in Friday’s finals at the 2018 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Columbus, Ga.
Gonzalez, who became Morningside’s first-ever NAIA National Champion swimmer with a victory in Thursday’s 500-yard freestyle, swam a school-record time of 1:53.42 en route to her fourth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle.
Gonzalez swam the fastest time in the field in Friday morning’s prelims with a time of 1:53.66 to break her own former school record of 1:54.08 from last year’s NAIA National Championships.
The fourth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle made Gonzalez a NAIA All-American for the fourth time in her Morningside career.
The Mustangs’ Jake Kohorst, a sophomore from Elk River, Minn., was a finalist in the men’s 100-yard backstroke, where he placed 15th with a time of 52.81 seconds.
Kohorst swam leadoff for a Morningside 200-yard medley relay team that placed 12th in Friday evening’s finals. He combined with George Weiss, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Billy Salber, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.; and Brenndan Gorski, a freshman from Sioux City, for a school-record time of 1:35.99. They broke the former Morningside record of 1:36.79 set in 2015.
Morningside had several swimmers compete in Friday morning’s prelims.
Salber finished 19th in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.96 seconds.
Tessa Renze, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., and Alisia Woodward, a junior from Waterloo, Iowa, finished 23rd and 26th in the women’s 400-yard individual medley with times of 5:00.51 and 5:14.24, respectively.
Veronica Mullen, a junior from Omaha, Neb., finished 26th in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.00.
John Dieter, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, finished 27th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.46.
Lucas Farrington, a junior from Rockwell City, Iowa, finished 29th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.92 seconds.
Megan Ukena, a freshman from Manson, Iowa, and Jessyca Huff, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo., finished 30th and 32nd in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:10.93 and 1:11.12, respectively.
Morningside finished 19th in the women’s 200-yard medley relay prelims with a time of 1:57.07 from Lauryn Baehr, a freshman from Mesa, Ariz.; Huff, Ukena and Emma Hansen, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo.
The NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships will continue through Saturday.