Morningside broke three school records during Friday’s action at the Liberal Arts Championships

Michael Andrlik

James Svoboda

Morningside College’s men’s swimmers produced three school record breaking performances during Friday’s action at the Liberal Arts Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Mustangs’ top finish was a runner-up effort in the men’s 200-yard medley relay, where James Svoboda, a senior from Audubon, Iowa; Michael Andrlik, a junior from Ralston, Neb.; Taylor McCloskey, a senior from Runnells, Iowa; and Evan Persson, a sophomore from Blair, Neb., combined for a school-record time of 1:36.79 to break the former Morningside standard of 1:38.04 in 2012.

McCloskey and Andrlik also set school records in individual events. McCloskey finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.55 seconds to break his own school record of 52.69 he set last season. Andrlik finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.00. Andrlik had a time of 1:00.93 in Friday’s prelims to break his own school record of 1:02.36 in 2012.

Taylor McCloskey

Evan Persson

Cole Malin, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, finished fourth in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.65 and helped lead the Mustangs to a fourth place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, where he combined with John Dieter, a sophomore from Carroll, Iowa; Persson, and Svoboda for a time of 7:15.79.

Morningside had fifth place finishes from Svoboda with a time of 55.51 in the men’s 100-yard backstroke and Josh Karel, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., with a time of 4:29.99 in the men’s 400-yard individual medley.

The Mustangs’ top efforts in the women’s competition were a pair of sixth place finishes in the relays. Hannah Hecht, a senior from Lansing, Kan.; Madi Reynolds, a freshman from Lolo, Mont.; Jaimie Fast, a senior from Hastings, Neb.; and Emma Magsamen, a junior from Lincoln, Neb.; combined for a time of 1:58.02 in the 200-yard medley relay. Tracy Gates, a sophomore from Escondido, Calif.; Fast, Hecht, and Evelyn Edge, a sophomore from Genoa City, Wis., combined for a time of 8:23.15 in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Evelyn Edge

Edge had the top individual finish for the Mustang women with a seventh place time of 2:01.47 in the 200-yard freestyle.

Hunter Haws, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, finished seventh in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.69.

Morningside’s other top 10 finishes in the men’s competition came from Alex Paulsen, a sophomore from Carroll, Iowa, with an eighth place time of 53.79 in the 100-yard butterfly; Mason Hartwig, a freshman from Boone, Iowa, with an eighth place time of 1:47.88 in the 200-yard freestyle; Tyler Halligan, a sophomore from North Platte, Neb., with an eighth place time of 56.29 in the 100-yard backstroke; Persson with a ninth place time of 55.97 in the 100-yard backstroke; and Dieter with a 10th place time of 1:48.28 in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Liberal Arts Championships will conclude on Saturday.