Morningside will open the 2015-16 swimming season with a Saturday home dual against Nebraska Wesleyan.
Morningside College will open the 2015-16 men’s and women’s swimming season with a home dual against Nebraska Wesleyan University on Saturday at noon in the Hindman-Hobbs Center.
Saturday’s dual against Nebraska Wesleyan is one of three home events on the Mustangs’ schedule. The Mustangs will host a triangular with the University of Nebraska Kearney and Iowa Lakes Community College on Nov. 13 and will host the Morningside Invitational on Nov. 14.
The Mustangs’ roster includes four school record holders.
Ben Kurz, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is the Mustangs’ record holder in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.35, the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.96, the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:54.98, and the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:21.19.
Michael Andrlik, a senior from Ralston, Neb., is also a school record holder for the Mustang men with a time of 1:00.93 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Emma Magsamen, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., and Tracy Gates, a junior from Escondido, Calif., are school record holders for the Mustang women. Magsamen holds the Morningside standards of 24.90 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and 53.97 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, while Gates is the Morningside record holder with a time of 5:15.42 in the women’s 500-yard freestyle.
Gates had the Mustangs’ top individual finish at last year’s NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships with a 13th place showing in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle.
Mason Hartwig, a sophomore from Boone, Iowa, and Evan Persson, a junior from Blair, Neb., helped lead the Mustangs to a 12th place finish in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay for the team’s top relay placing at last year’s NAIA National Championships. Morningside’s top showing in a women’s relay was a 14th place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Gates, Magsamen, and Evelyn Edge, a junior from Genoa City, Wis., all return from that quartet.
Edge, Gates, and Magsamen were all NAIA National qualifiers in individual events last season. Andrlik, Hartwig, Persson, John Dieter, a sophomore from Carroll, Iowa; Tyler Halligan, a junior from North Platte, Neb.; Alex Paulsen, a junior from Carroll, Iowa; and Joe Schueller, a sophomore from Pierre, S.D., were all individual event qualifiers for the Mustang men.
One of the Mustangs’ top newcomers is expected to be Timothy Cohoon, a freshman from Buffalo, Wyo., who placed third in the boy’s 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the boy’s 50-yard freestyle at last year’s Wyoming Class 3A state meet. Zack Zule, a freshman from Leavenworth, Kan., was a state qualifier in the boy’s 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle, while Carly Johnson, a freshman from Kansas City, Kan., finished 12th in the girl’s 200-yard individual medley at last year’s Kansas prep state meet.