Gonzalez wins 1650-yard freestyle in school record time
Suzanna Gonzalez, a junior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., won the women’s 1650-yard freestyle in school record time during Saturday’s final day of competition at the 2017 Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Elsah, Ill.
Gonzalez won the event with a time of 17:32.53 to take over 20 seconds off the former Morningside standard of 17:55.16 set by Krystal Carlson in 2013.
Billy Salber, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., also had a school-record breaking performance for the Mustangs when he swam a time of 1:58.32 in the 200-yard men’s butterfly prelims to break the former Morningside record of 1:59.11 set by Casey McNare in 2006. Salber finished fifth in the 200-yard butterfly final with a time of 1:58.88.
Connor Bjellum, a freshman from Fargo, N.D., had the Mustangs’ highest finish in Saturday’s men’s events with a third place time of 46.53 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle.
Kyler Alme, a freshman from Bismarck, N.D., finished eighth in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:13.42.
The Mustangs had two eighth place finishers in Saturday’s women’s finals. Tracy Gates, a senior from Escondido, Calif., finished eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:33.39 and Evelyn Edge, a senior from Genoa City, Wis., finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.99 seconds.
Veronica Mullen, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., finished ninth in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:14.59.
The Mustangs finished fourth in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:11.27 from the quartet of Bjellum, Salber, Timothy Cohoon, a sophomore from Buffalo, Wyo.; and John Dieter, a junior from Carroll, Iowa.
Morningside finished sixth in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, where Gonzalez, Edge, Carly Johnson, a sophomore from Kansas City, Kan., and Mullen combined for a time of 3:45.57.
Morningside finished seventh in the team standings in both the men’s and women’s divisions.