SDSU drowns USD


By Austin Hamm Sportswriter

The SDSU men’s and women’s swim teams hosted USD on Friday night, and they handled the Coyotes with ease as the men claimed a 189-111 victory, and the women took home a win of 182-116.

“It was not expected,” said SDSU head coach Brad Erickson, “We thought it was going to be a really tight race all the way through, as a team we just swam really well. We started out with two good races and the momentum was in our favor the whole meet.”

On the men’s side, in their second meet of the year, the night started out strong with the team of Alex McLain, John Overman, Ben Bolinske and Grant Wadsworth set the pool record at the HPER and won the 400-medley relay in 3:27.88.

Sophomore Chris Angerhofer picked up a pair of victories in the 500 and 1000 free, while McLain claimed a pair of individual victories in the 100 and 200 backstrokes to follow up the relay win. Also taking individual victories were Overman in the 100 breaststroke, Bolinske in the 50 freestyle, Daniel Jacobsen in the 100 free, Wadsworth in the 100 butterfly and Donovan Taylor in the 200 individual medley.

“Guys were hungry to get back in the pool and see what the training has done for them and we swam above our expectations,” Erickson said.

In diving, senior Connor Florand won both the one and three meter competitions, qualifying for Zones.

“Being able to qualify this early allows me to relax the rest of the season and focus on learning bigger tricks and being prepared for the end of the year rather than getting a score,” Florand said.

On the women’s side, SDSU swept the relays as Cassie Hendricks, Emily Campbell, Kristin Erf and Nicole Grimit took the 400 medley, while Jade Goosen, Samantha Prasher, McKenna Shallberg and Abby Zenner placed first in the 200 free relay.

Prasher, Hendricks and Grimit all snagged individual victories as well, winning the 100 back, the 200 back, and the 100 fly, respectively. Alexandra Yaeger also claimed a win in the 200 fly.

Campbell finished first in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 IM, continuing a solid individual season.

“The seniors brought the team up and really encouraged us and that really helped on the first relay, and our team had great energy throughout,” said Campbell after the meet. “I think that’s one of the reasons I did so well and the team as a whole did so well.”

Erf finished second to Campbell in all three individual events, providing a big boost to the team and showcasing SDSU’s depth.

“It’s nice having that depth,” Erickson said. “Its not just the first place, every race, every place is critical, sometimes that point in fifth and sixth place makes the meet.”

On the boards, Alecia Winston and Emily Moore went 2-4 in both the one and three meter competitions.

Next, the women travel to face Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 15, while the men have a weekend off before heading to face the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s in Minnesota in a two day meet on Nov. 21 and 22.