Morningside swimmers broke two school records during Thursday’s action at the Liberal Arts Championships.

Cole Malin

Morningside College broke school records in both men’s relay events during Thursday’s action at the Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Mustangs placed third in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay with a school-record time of 1:25.92 from 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. They broke the former Morningside standard of 1:25.99 that was set in 2012.

Malin swam the last leg in the Mustangs’ record breaking effort in the 400-yard medley relay, where he combined with Tyler Halligan, a sophomore from North Platte, Neb.; Josh Karel, a senior from Lincoln, Neb.; and Hunter Haws, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, for a fourth place time of 3:36.96 to top the Mustangs’ previous record of 3:37.84 in 2012.

Aside from his participation in the Mustangs’ two record breaking relay efforts, Malin also had the Mustangs’ top individual finish in Thursday’s action with a second place time of 21.43 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.

Taylor McCloskey, a senior from Runnells, Iowa, placed eighth in the men’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.72.

Tracy Gates

The Mustangs’ best finish in the women’s competition came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where 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.; combined for a fifth place time of 1:42.23.

Gates had Thursday’s top individual finish for the Mustang women with a sixth place time of 5:20.37 in the 500-yard freestyle. Edge was close behind in eighth place with a time of 5:24.04.

Magsamen had an eighth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.43 seconds.

Morningside finished fourth in the women’s 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:23.32 from Hannah Hecht, a senior from Lansing, Kan.; Madi Reynolds, a freshman from Lolo, Mont.; Fast, and Magsamen.

The Liberal Arts Championships will continue through Saturday.