Coyotes post another set of double sweeps over St. Thomas

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — South Dakota men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took a pair of double wins during Saturday’s Summit League game against St. Thomas.

The Men’s Coyote won 12 of 14 individual events and both relays, taking a 214-91 win, while the Women’s Coyote won 10 of 14 individual events and one relay in their 206-148 win.

Achieving two individual victories on the day were Stella Fairbanks, William Johnston, Zachary Kopp, Sara Mayer and Mairead Powers.

Fairbanks, a sophomore, won both diving events and placed NCAA Zone Qualifying Marks in both events for the second time this season. She scored 268.80 points on the one-meter board and 284.80 points on the three-meter board.

Johnston, a senior, won the men’s diving events for the second day in a row, scoring 26250 points on the one-meter board and 222.65 points on the three-meter board.

Kopp, a junior, won the 50 Free (21.67) and 200 Free (1:46.00) and also swam the first leg in the winning 200 Free relay. Charlie Bean, Aidan Gantenbein, Adam Fishero with a clock speed of 1:25.14.

A freshman, Mayer swam to victories in the 200 flies (2:13.43) and the 100 flies (58.16), while also finishing second in the 200 free (1:57.91).

A freshman, Powers won a couple of individual events for the second straight day, hitting the wall first in the 200 back (2:07.98) and the 400 IM (4:38.91). Powers was also third behind Mayer in the 200 free.

The men’s team also took individual victories from Keegan Henning (1650 free), Gantenbein (100 back), Jack Berdahl (100 chest), Griffin Wolner (200 flies), Bean (100 free), Fisher (200 back), Jacob Won (100 flies) and Jake Leichner (400 IM).

Fisher, Berdahl, Gantenbein and Bean recorded a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:34.85.

The men’s doubles was aided by a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 50 free led by Kopp and a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 free led by Bean. Won led a 1-2-3 effort in the 100 fly and Leichner accelerated a 1-2-3-4 effort in the 400 IM.

The women’s team also took a podium win in the 500 free ash Hannah Aitkin first touched in 5:18.41.

Leah Drengenberg won the 1650 free, Emily Kahn claimed the 100 for free and Cassie Ketterling hit the wall first in the 200 chest.

The Coyote Women, with the foursome of Emma Clark, Meghan Atwell, Madilyn Sindelar and Kahn, won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.16.

Runner-up performances for the women came out Kayla Middaugh (both diving events), Maria Mattaini (1650 free and 500 free), Clark (100 back), Isabelle Davenport (100 breasts), Kahn (50 free), Isabel Fairbanks (200 chest) and Heretic (400 IM).

Placing efforts in second place for the men’s team were Griffin Wolner (200 free, 400 IM), Fisher (50 free), Mack S communication (100 free, 200 chest), Henning (500 free) and Gantenbein (100 flies).

The Coyotes return home to host Summit League foes Omaha (Friday) and South Dakota State (Saturday) at the DakotaDome Pool.

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