Billy Salber and Suzanna Gonzalez each had runner-up finishes in Friday’s action at the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships.
Billy Salber, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., broke the Morningside College record in the men’s 100-yard butterfly in Friday evening’s finals at the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships swimming & diving meet in Decorah, Iowa.
Salber swam a time of 51.44 seconds for a second place finish. His time broke the former Morningside standard of 51.70 set by Connor Bjellum last year.
The Morningside women also had a runner-up finish with a second place time of 1:54.60 in the 200-yard freestyle by Suzanna Gonzalez, a senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Emma Hansen, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo., finished 15th in the event with a time of 2:09.07.
Jake Kohorst, a sophomore from Elk River, Minn., had one of the Mustangs’ top finishes of the night with a fourth place time of 53.71 seconds in the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Lucas Farrington, a junior from Rockwell City, Iowa, also finished in the top 10 with the ninth place time of 56.72.
Tessa Renze, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., placed ninth in the women’s 400-yard individual medley with a time of 5:00.95 and Alisia Woodward, a junior from Waterloo, Iowa, finished 13th with a time of 5:12.87.
The Mustangs had three place winners in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, led by Veronica Mullen, a junior from Omaha, Neb., with a 10th place time of 1:03.02. Lauryn Baehr, a freshman from Mesa, Ariz., finished 12th with a time of 1:05.22 and Deborah Cvrk, a sophomore from Sioux City, finished 14th with a time of 1:06.77.
Megan Ukena, a freshman from Manson, Iowa, finished 13th in the women’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.46 and in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.89.
The Mustangs’ other individual place winners were John Dieter, a senior from Carroll, Iowa, with a 12th place time of 1:47.51 in the men’s 200-yard freestyle; George Weiss, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a time of 1:02.96 in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke; and Matt Wilkus, a junior from Council Bluffs, with a 15th place time of 4:39.85 in the men’s 400-yard individual medley.
Morningside finished fifth in the men’s 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.49 from Kohorst, Weiss, Salber and Brenndan Gorski, a freshman from Sioux City.
The Liberal Arts Championships will conclude on Saturday.