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Cougars break records in the pool

The University of Minnesota, Morris swimming and diving team hosted the final home meet of the season and traveled to Moorhead for a three-way meet with Concordia and Augsburg over the weekend.

UM-Morris 82

Augsburg College 52

First-year swimmer Kasey Sands continues to make an impression on the UMM record book. In the team's resounding 82-52 win over Augsburg, the Red Wing native swam the 1,000-meter freestyle for the first time in her career and took 13 seconds off the school record in 11:34.57. In the same race, she also bested the 500-meter record.

In spite of those marks, Sands felt her performance could be improved.

"I think I took it out a little fast. I never swam it before, but I didn't want to go any slower. So I tried to keep my pace."

In the final race of the meet, the 400-meter freestyle relay (Sands, Melissa Johnson, Aurora Thares and Rachel Harder) came within .01 of breaking the school record with a time of 3:58.27.

It was the final home meet of the season for the swimming and diving team at the P.E. Center natatorium. Head coach Dave Molesworth expressed his appreciation for the fans after the meet.

"It's so much fun to look up there [in the stands] and see the support we're getting. People are starting to notice our team. It makes it a lot more fun for the girls to have people cheering for them," he said.

Concordia 155

UM-Morris 85

UM-Morris 167

Augsburg 33

The next day, the Cougar swimming and diving team was back in the water for a tri-meet with Concordia and Augsburg in Moorhead.

The 200 medley relay team (Harder, Thares, Johnson and Sands) won their heat and set a new school record of 2:01.84.

Harder, Thares and Sands also won individual events. Harder took the 100 backstroke. Thares won the 100 breaststroke and Sands won both the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Meanwhile, in the 200 free relay, Ashley Woods and Megan Domine set 50-yard personal bests on their splits.