Gonzalez finishes second in 500-yard freestyle
Suzanna Gonzalez, a senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., had the top Morningside College finish in Thursday’s action at the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Decorah, Iowa.
Gonzalez finished second in the women’s 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.28.
Morningside finished fourth with a school-record breaking performance in the men’s 400-yard medley relay, where Jake Kohorst, a sophomore from Elk River, Minn.; George Weiss, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Billy Salber, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.; and John Dieter, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, combined for a time of 3:33.18 to break the former Morningside standard of 3:33.48 set in 2015.
Kohorst had the top individual finish for the Mustangs’ men’s team with a ninth place time of 21.93 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Brenndan Gorski, a freshman from Sioux City, finished 10th in the event with a time of 22.16.
Salber finished 11th in the men’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:02.06.
The Mustangs had two place winners in the women’s 200-yard individual medley, where Jessyca Huff, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo., finished 12th with a time of 2:23.37 and Tessa Renze, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., finished 13th in 2:23.61.
Dieter finished 14th in the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:58.01.
Emma Hansen, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo., finished 16th in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.41.
Morningside’s top women’s relay finish came in the 200-yard freestyle event, where Lauryn Baehr, a freshman from Mesa, Ariz.; Hansen, Jaymie Huff, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo.; and Gonzalez combined for the fourth place time of 1:44.99.
The Mustangs finished fifth in the women’s 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:12.06 from Veronica Mullen, a junior from Omaha, Neb.; Jessyca Huff, Renze and Gonzalez.
Morningside finished fifth in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.76 from the quartet of Kohorst, Gorski, Salber and Dieter combined for a time of 1:27.76.
The Liberal Arts Championship will continue on Friday and Saturday.