Swimming Falls In Green Bay

Justin C. Smith

Both the men and woman swimming and dive teams fell short in Green Bay Saturday. In a meet where the outcome was uncertain throughout most of the day, the Jackrabbits had strong races and dives. Many swimmers also posted season best time splits and some posted career best times.

“We had some good swims, and we had some good dives,” head coach Brad Erickson said. “On Saturday we just came up against a team that was better than we were.”

Finishing the race strong seemed to frustrate that the Jacks Saturday. Most races came down to the wire, and in many of them the Jackrabbits saw their team getting beat on the last lap.

“The back half of our races are not where they should be at this point in the season,” Erickson said. “We need to focus on finishing our races.”

Freshmen continue to impress this year, both for the men and the woman. Chris Angerhofer recorded his first collegiate win in the 1000m freestyle. He also finished third in the 500m freestyle. Connor Florand finished the day with a first place finish in three-meter diving. Florand accomplished a great feat in recording a life-time best score in that event.

Andrea Budahl also recorded a win in the 1000m freestyle. Emily Campbell recorded wins in the 100m, and 200m breaststroke. Sophomore Olivia Olesiak pulled out the win in the one-meter diving with a season-best score.

Even though it is very early in the season, Erickson believes very strongly in his teams. “I believe that we are in the top half of the Summit with our girls,” Erickson said. “With our men I think that we are probably in the top three.”

The Jackrabbits are preparing for somewhat of a different meet this week. Both men and woman teams will be traveling to Vermillion to swim in the only meet of the year where the events will be short course meters. Traditionally races will be measured in yards.

“The races are just a little bit longer,”“ Erickson said. “We are just working hard in practice, and making sure the back half of our races are strong.”

The rivalry between SDSU and USD is nothing new to the campus of Brookings, and that rivalry lies more recent in swimming than most may think.

“On the men’s side when we moved from Division II to Division I in 2004, that was one meet that we kept going to,” Erickson said. “Because of the difference in rules, we were allowed to have so many Division II competitions.”

“Our rivalry with them never really faded with them as it did with the other sports,” Erickson said. “It’s a fun rivalry.”

SDSU looks to rebound from Saturday’s loss in Green Bay and will take to the pools again Friday, Nov. 8 in Vermillion at 6 p.m.