SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A perfect dual weekend for the Morningside College’s men’s swimming team concluded with the team’s home opener Saturday. Oct. 27.
Head coach Bryan Farris’ Mustangs, a night after toppling preseason National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ top 10-ranked St. Ambrose University, picked up where they left off by downing NCAA Division III Gustavus Adolphus College of Minnesota. Mside picked up seven event titles in their home pool at the Hindman-Hobbs Center, as the freshman duo of Gage Dewsbury (Boise, Idaho) and Ron DeFauw (Rock Springs, Wyoming) joined the junior tandem of Billy Salber (Omaha, Neb.) and Jake Kohorst (Elk River, Minn.) to all be among a pair of event firsts. Dewsbury led off the victorious 200-yard medley relay and also claimed the 50-yard freestyle; Salber was the third leg on the medley relay and hit the pad first in the 100-yard butterfly; Kohorst, less than 24 hours after a pair of victories against St. Ambrose, came back to anchor the medley relay first and claim the 100-yard backstroke; and DeFauw captured the 200 yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle.
Despite a 124.5-57.5 loss to the Gusties in the women’s dual, there were plenty of positives for the Maroon and White. Juniors Deb Cvrk (Sioux City, Iowa) and Grace Nordquist (Panora, Iowa) carried the points’ torch for the home team. Crvk placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and Nordquist was a runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle and aided the 200-yard freestyle quartet to second place, too.
Morningside College resumes dual competition Saturday, Nov. 3, traveling to Nebraska Wesleyan for a 10:30 a.m. start.