The Minnesota Morris swim and dive team began its 2018-2019 season with a home dual against Concordia-Moorhead Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Cougar Pool in Morris. The Cougars took first place in nine of 13 events in earning a 143-87 victory.
UMM started and ended the meet with relay wins. Montana Lawrence, Sierra Walker, Carolyn Curtis, and Malia Stone teamed to win the 200-yard IM relay in a time of 2:02.76. Caitlin Papke, Olivia Salzwedel, Stone, and Liz Melssen combined to swim 4:00.59 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Stone was not done with first place performances as she touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.80. Melssen claimed the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a clocking of 59.13.
Papke took two individual first to go along with her relay victory. She claimed the 200-yard IM in 2:20.05 and 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.20. Walker had a comfortable victory in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.68.
In the diving end, senior McKenna Vininski had a pair of first place performances. She bested her competition by nine points in the 1-meter dive with a score of 179.10. She then totaled 176.65 in claiming the 3-meter competition.
Minnesota Morris heads west for their next competition, Friday, Nov. 9, at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D.