Swim and dive collects six wins at Coyote Invitational

Carter Schmidt, Sports Reporter

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota State swimming and diving team picked up six wins at the Coyote Invitational this past weekend.

“This weekend really showed where we are in preparations for the upcoming conference championships, and what we still need to do,” head coach Doug Humphrey told www.gojacks.com. “Even though we are still swimming tired and a lot more rest is ahead, we had some outstanding performances. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Day 1

The Jackrabbits saw one first-place finish and five personal season-best times-two of which were career-bests after day one of the invite.

The lone win from Friday’s competition was Rori Conners, who swam a personal season-best time of 5:15.53 in the 500 freestyle, adding her second first-place finish on the season. The other season-best times came from Ben Sieve in the 50 freestyle (22.09) and Libby McRae in the 500 freestyle (5:34.41).

Two career-bests were also broken by Parker R. Brown in the 200 individual medley (2:03.59) and Richelle Bruyckere in the 100 butterfly (1:01.24).

Day 2

SDSU took home five wins as the Coyote Invitational came to a close on Saturday,

The Jackrabbits saw improvements from across the board with four career-best times and five personal season-best times. The men’s diving team also won both diving events, making up for two of the team’s five wins.

Taking home wins on Saturday were Alex Kraft in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:16.25, John Wuflestad in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:53.49 and Damon Venner in the 200 butterfly with a 2:00.08 time.

Adding two wins and breaking their season-best scores were Joseph Weber in the 1-meter dive with 324.90 points and Mitchell Raihle with 321.40 points.

The last three season-bests came from Liezl Ocon in the 200 freestyle (2:03.14), Rori Conners in the 1,650 freestyle (18:07.20) and Daniela Santillan in the 200 backstroke (2:13.11).

Lastly, four career-bests were clinched by Libby McRae in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.02), Michael Carlson in the 100 backstroke (58.62), Maria Currie in the 1,650 freestyle (18:44.73), and Parker R. Brown in the 200 backstroke (2:01.91).

The Summit League Championships are up next for the Jacks, taking place in Sioux Falls Feb. 20-23.