Morningside swimmers had two second place finishes and a school-record breaking performance on the final day of the Liberal Arts Championships.

Josh Karel

Morningside College had two runner-up finishes and a school-record breaking performance during Saturday’s final day of action at the Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The record breaking effort came from Josh Karel, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., who had a ninth place time of 2:14.55 in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke to break his own school record of 2:15.55 he set in 2013.

Cole Malin, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, had the highest individual finish for the Mustangs with a second place time of 46.46 seconds in the men’s 100-yard freestyle.

Morningside also finished second in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay, where Evan Persson, a sophomore from Blair, Neb.; Malin, Mason Hartwig, a freshman from Boone, Iowa; and James Svoboda, a senior from Audubon, Iowa, combined for a time of 3:09.06.

Tracy Gates, a sophomore from Escondido, Calif., had the top individual finish for the Morningside women with a third place time of 18:18.45 in the 1650-yard freestyle.

Taylor McCloskey, a senior from Runnells, Iowa, and Hunter Haws, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, finished fourth and fifth in the men’s 200-yard butterfly with times of 2:00.47 and 2:01.33, respectively.

The Mustangs had sixth place finishes from Emma Magsamen, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., with a time of 55.56 in the women’s 100-yard freestyle; Hartwig with a time of 48.28 in the men’s 100-yard freestyle; and Joe Schueller, a freshman from Pierre, S.D., with a time of 2:02.82 in the men’s 200-yard backstroke.
Morningside also finished sixth in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, where Jaimie Fast, a senior from Hastings, Neb.; Evelyn Edge, a sophomore from Genoa City, Wis.; Gates, and Magsamen combined for a time of 3:46.49.

Persson finished in eighth place time of 2:05.03 in the men’s 200-yard backstroke.

Morningside finished third in a nine-team field in the final men’s team standings and seventh out of 11 teams in the women’s standings.