Swim and dive edges Omaha

BY AUSTIN HAMM Sportswriter

The SDSU women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Omaha this weekend where they won six of the 16 events, showed the strength of the team depth and claimed a 159.5-140.5 victory.

“We had the depth, and that won the meet for us,” SDSU head coach Brad Erickson said. “They had two girls get six of their 10 wins, and we cleaned up behind them.”

The Jacks started the day going one-two in the 400-medley relay, with the team of Samantha Prasher, Kayce Smith, Alexandra Yaeger, and Jade Goosen edging out Cassie Hendricks, Emily Campbell, Kristen Erf and Nicole Grimit.

“We had a good lead after the first relay and just maintained that throughout,” Erickson said.

Prasher dominated the 100-yard backstroke by two seconds, taking the win, while Yaeger and Katya Vakshteyn also got individual victories in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke, respectively.

Emily Campbell continued an impressive season in the breaststroke, claiming victories in both the 100 and 200-yard.

On the boards, Olivia Olesiak took second in the both the one and three-meter competitions.

The women return to the pool at the Jean Freeman Invite in Minneapolis. The men will be in action this weekend in Collegeville, Minn. against St. John’s, and will also be at the Freeman Invite.

“It’s a well deserved rest for the women, who’ve had a chance to form their own identity with the recent trips,” Erickson said. “While this gives the men their own chance to go out in just their third meet and form their team identity.”