Swimmers come up short in Iowa

By Austin Hamm Sportswriter

The SDSU Women’s Swim and Dive Team traveled to Iowa this weekend for a pair of meets on Friday and Saturday.

They opened the weekend with a 203-91 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones (1-1) in Ames. It was a long day for the Rabbits, whose only victory came from Julia Bodnaruk in the 1000 freestyle.

SDSU finished two-three-four in three events.  Katya Vakshteyn, Olivia Bartel and Kayce Smith went two-three-four in the 100 free, while Jade Goosen, Kalen Critchley and Elizabeth Buchholz duplicated that in the 100 backstroke. Emily Campbell, Jessie Hendricks and Sydney Rasmussen replicated that finish in the 100 breaststroke.

In the diving Alecia Winston finished second on the one-meter board, while Olivia Olesiak finished third on the three-meter.

The Jacks finished up the weekend trip looking to get back on track against Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and came away with a 158-142 loss.

“ It was a meet that we could have won if we had swam to our potential,” said head coach Brad Erickson. “We have to work on staying focused from the beginning of the meet to the end as a team.”

The Jackrabbits started the day strong, winning four of the first five events, including a victory by the 200 Medley Relay team of Sam Prasher, Smith, Kristin Erf and Abby Zenner. Prasher also won the 100 Backstroke, while Kendra Hinton and Cassie Hendricks claimed victories in the 1000- yard freestyle and 200 backstroke respectively.

Campbell, a senior from Aberdeen, SD, won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Campbell also won the 200 individual medley, capping an impressive individual performance.

On the boards, Olivia Olesiak and Alecia Winston finished third and fourth in both the one-meter and three-meter competitions, with Olesiak finishing less than one point out of first on the three-meter despite some stingy judging.

“Our divers were disappointed with some of their results, but they dove well enough to win. If we look back at their scores and dives from years past, we can see many areas where they are progressing and improving,” Erickson said.

 The Jacks now sit at 0-3 on the season and have next weekend off, giving them two weeks to train for Nov. 1, when they play host against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (2-2, 0-2 Big Ten).

“We can’t come into this meet scared of Big Red. This gives us the opportunity to compete against someone who is better, and the opportunity to close the gap, “ Erickson said. “They’ve got a good team, and for us to compete, everyone will have to contribute.”