Ben Kurz, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, won the men’s 500 and 1000-yard freestyles at Saturday’s Luther College triangular swimming & diving meet in Decorah, Iowa.
Kurz had winning times of 5:02.22 in the 500-yard freestyle and 6:27.62 in the 1000-yard freestyle.
The Mustang men also had individual triumphs from Hunter Haws, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, and Cole Malin, a junior from Carroll, Iowa. Haws swam a time of 2:08.42 in the 200-yard butterfly and Malin won the 100-yard freestyle with a pool record time of 48.59 seconds.
Morningside also broke a pool record with a winning time of 3:15.79 in the men’s 400-yard freestyle. The team was comprised of Malin, Kurz, Marko Spiric, a freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D.; and James Svoboda, a junior from Audubon, Iowa.
The Mustangs’ top competitor in the women’s competition was Tracy Gates, a freshman from Escondido, Calif., who finished third in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyles with times of 5:27.33 and 11:15.88, respectively.
Morningside defeated College of Saint Mary 84-71 and lost 186-33 in the women’s dual scoring. Luther defeated Morningside 113-90 in the men’s dual scoring.
The Mustangs will compete in the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 8 and 9 in Saint Paul, Minn.