Morningside placed in three relay events, including a school-record performance in one of them, on Friday at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships.
Morningside College placed in three relay events during Friday’s action at the 2015 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Mustangs’ highest finish came in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay, where the quartet of Cole Malin, a senior from Carroll, Iowa; Mason Hartwig, a freshman from Boone, Iowa; Evan Persson, a sophomore from Blair, Neb.; and James Svoboda, a senior from Audubon, Iowa, placed 12th with a time of 1:26.56.
Morningside finished 14th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.70 from Jaimie Fast, a senior from Hastings, Neb.; Tracy Gates, a sophomore from Escondido, Calif.; Evelyn Edge, a sophomore from Genoa City, Wis.; and Emma Magsamen, a junior from Lincoln, Neb.
Morningside broke a school record en route to a 15th place finish in the men’s 400-yard medley relay, where Tyler Halligan, a sophomore from North Platte, Neb.; Josh Karel, a senior from Lincoln, Neb.; Taylor McCloskey, a senior from Runnells, Iowa; and Malin combined for a time of 3:33.48 to break the former school record of 3:36.96 set earlier this season.
Morningside also competed in the women’s 400-yard medley relay, but failed to advance past the prelims, where the quartet of Hannah Hecht, a senior from Lansing, Kan.; Madi Reynolds, a freshman from Lolo, Mont.; Fast, and Magsamen finished 21st with a time of 4:20.78.
Morningside had several swimmers compete in Friday’s individual event prelims.
McCloskey, Alex Paulsen, a sophomore from Carroll, Iowa; and Hunter Haws, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, finished 27th, 35th, and 38th in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with times of 52.82, 54.21, and 54.83, respectively.
Gates and Edge finished 26th and 30th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:01.81 and 2:03.28 respectively.
Malin, Hartwig, and John Dieter, a sophomore from Carroll, Iowa, finished 40th, 43rd, and 49th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with times of 1:47.15, 1:47.87, and 1:50.80, respectively.
Michael Andrlik, a junior from Ralston, Neb., finished 35th in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.01.
Halligan and Svoboda finished 25th and 31st in the men’s 100-yard backstroke with times of 54.91 and 57.52, respectively.
The NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships will conclude on Saturday.