Suzanna Gonzalez and Billy Salber broke their own school records in Saturday’s action at the Liberal Arts Championships.
Suzanna Gonzalez, a senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., broke the meet record in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Decorah, Iowa.
Gonzalez swam a time of 17:19.28 to break her own meet record of 17:32.53 she set last season. Her time also set a new Morningside record in the event, topping her former school standard of 17:27.77 she set at last year’s NAIA National Championships.
The Mustangs also had a school-record breaking performance from Billy Salber, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., who placed fourth in the men’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:56.42 to break his former Mustang record of 1:56.59 he set at last year’s NAIA National Championships.
John Dieter, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, finished sixth in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.89 seconds and Brenndan Gorski, a freshman from Sioux City, finished 15th in 49.58.
Veronica Mullen, a junior from Omaha, Neb., finished eighth in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:15.89 and Deborah Cvrk, a sophomore from Sioux City, finished 13th in 2:23.39.
George Weiss, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, finished ninth in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.57.
The Mustangs had three finalists in the women’s 200-yard butterfly. Tessa Renze, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., led the way with the 10th place time of 2:27.18, followed by Carly Johnson, a junior from Kansas City, Kan., in 13th place in 2:35.65 and Madi Reynolds, a senior from Lolo, Mont., in 15th place in 2:40.04.
Jake Kohorst, a sophomore from Elk River, Minn., and Lucas Farrington, a junior from Rockwell City, Iowa, finished 10th and 11th in the men’s 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:04.59 and 2:05.02, respectively.
Alisia Woodward, a junior from Waterloo, Iowa, finished 10th in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 19:43.06.
Jessyca Huff, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo., finished 11th in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:39.06 and Megan Ukena, a freshman from Manson, Iowa, finished 13th in 2:39.35.
The Mustangs also place winning performances from Emma Hansen, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo., with a 14th place time of 57.99 in the women’s 100-yard freestyle and Trey Kluender, a freshman from Schleswig, Iowa, with a 16th place time of 2:13.59 in the men’s 200-yard butterfly.
Morningside finished sixth in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.70 from Timothy Cohoon, a junior from Buffalo, Wyo.; Gorski, Salber and Dieter.
Gonzalez, Hansen, Johnson and Mullen combined for an eighth place time of 3:51.42 in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay.
Morningside finished in sixth place in the women’s team standings and seventh in the men’s standings.