Fairbanks with NCAA Zone marking as Coyotes sweep duals

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The South Dakota men’s and women’s swim and dive teams won their Summit League games against St. Thomas every Friday at the AARC pool and Aquatic Center.

The Men’s Coyote won all 13 contested events, taking a 149-67 win, while the Coyote women’s team took first place seven times, narrowly beating the Tommies 121-115.

On a big team night to open the 2022 portion of the schedule, it was sophomore Stella Fairbanks who made the biggest, or shall we see the smallest splash of the night.

Fairbanks won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 273.05, a new personal best that is an NCAA Zone Qualifying Mark and takes her to fifth on the school’s all-time charts.

Charlie Bean, William Johnston and Mairead Powers each recorded a few individual victories during the match while Kayla Middaugh, Zachary Kopp, Jake Leichner, Sara Mayer, Emily Kahn, Jacob Won, Keegan Henning, Adam Fishero and Jack Berdahl also achieved individual victories.

Bean, a senior, won the 200 free (1:43.98) and the 100 free (46.53) while Johnston, a senior, swept the two diving events, winning the one meter with a new personal best of 254.00 and the three-meter event with a score of 272.20.

A freshman, Powers won the 200 IM (2:12.03) and the 100 back (59.82), while fellow freshmen Mayer and Kahn won the 50 free (24.63) and 100 flies (57.86), respectively. Middaugh, a sophomore, won the three-meter diving event with a score of 252.75.

The Coyote women won the 400 medley relay as the team of Isabel Fairbanks, Shannon Banark, Mayer and Kahn swam 3:58.58.

Leichner, a senior and school record holder in the 200 IM, won his specialty in 1:57.81, while classmate Won led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 butterfly and hit first place in 50.96.

Won also anchored the winning 400 free relay, join Nathan Noll, Griffin Wolner and Mack S communication when posting a 3:10.92.

Kopp, a junior, won the 50 free in 21.64, an event in which the Coyotes turned the top four four times. Kopp also swam on the other two winning relays, leading the 200 free relay and anchoring the 400 medley. He has joined Brady Torborg, Sather and Grant Wolner in the 200 free relay (1:26.16) and Fisher, Berdahl and Aidan Gantenbein in the 400 medley relay (3:27.78).

Fisher and Berdahl, a pair of freshmen, took victories in the 100 back (51.56) and 100 chest (57.73), respectively, while Henning, a sophomore, won the 500 free in 4:49.21.

Runner-up appearances for the women came from Mayer (200 Free), Fairbanks (200 IM), Middaugh (1 Meter Diving), Christina Spomer (50 free), Cassie Ketterling (two, 100 flies, 100 chest), Emily Johnson (100 free) and Leah Drengenberg (500 free).

The men’s team was awarded the second place of Won (200 free), henry simpson (50 free), Sathre (100 flights) and Griffin Wolner (500 free).

The same two teams will be back in the pool on Saturday for the doubles game that starts at 10am

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