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Cougars swim and dive in third after day one

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After the first day of the Liberal Arts Championships, the University of Minnesota, Morris swimming and diving team sits in third place with 133 points. The Cougars were led by Carissa Fuller, who was second in 1M diving and Kaitlin Kamm, who was third in the 50y freestyle.

In the morning session, Minnesota Morris set themselves up nicely for the evening finals. The 200y free relay team consisting of Courtney Kahnk, Natalie Reyen, Sarah Dens and Kaitlin Kamm had the second best qualifying time. Jillian Burns had the Cougars best time in the 500y free with a time of 5:35.10, coming in over twenty seconds faster than her seeding time. Sarah Dens and Andelee Quast were 11 and 12 in the 200y IM, both finishing better than their seeding time. Kamm was fourth in the 50y free qualifying with a time just over 25 seconds. The 400y medley relay was sixth in qualifying with a time of 4:20.66. That relay consisted of Kamm, Quast, Hanna Gasaway and Dens.

During the 3M diving, qualifying Carissa Fuller finished third with a score of 373.65. Erika Wielenga was sixth and Jessie Martineau was seventh.

In the evening session, the 200y free relay team started with a third place finish. Burns finished with a time of 5:36.79 in the 500y free B final to take 15th. In the B final of the 200y IM, UMM grabbed 11th, 14th and 15th place. Dens led the way with her 11th place finish followed by Quast and Gasaway. Kamm finished third in the 50y free with a time of 24.84. Fuller improved in the finals for diving and took second place with a total of 388.35 points. The 400y medley relay team took fifth place with a time of 4:16.36.

The meet got back underway at 10 a.m. Friday morning with today and tomorrow left in the championships.

Brooke Kern

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