The Minnesota Morris swimming & diving program posted a 127-96 victory over Concordia College in its regular season finale Friday, Jan. 25, in Moorhead. In the dual meet, six individuals and one relay captured victories for the Cougars.
"I was very happy to see the fight in the team," head coach Dave Molesworth said. "A lot of events did not go the way we wanted but after some tough training in Florida, a two-day meet when we got back, and a very hard week of training there was no quit and that was great to see. I am very excited to get this group tapered and off to championships to see what they can do."
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Olivia Salzwedel, Caitlin Papke, Malia Stone and Liz Melssen finished first with their time of 3:59.02, while the 200-yard medley relay of Papke, Sierra Walker, Carolyn Curtis and Salzwedel combined for an overall time of 2:01.87 to place runner-up.
Individually, Papke captured the 100-yard backstroke title (1:03.12), Curtis won the 200-yard butterfly (2:36.53) and Salzwedel finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (26.91). Melssen brought home the 200-yard freestyle title with a time of 2:06.85 and recorded a runner-up finish in the 100-yard freestyle with her time of 58.08.
Montana Lawrence finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle (20:05.42) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:48.69). Claire Naslund took second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:58.14 and Tatiana Walker-Rozo captured a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM in 2:36.30.
In diving, Taryn Longshore won the first round of the 1-meter event with a score of 191.80 points, while McKenna Vininski won the second round with her score of 136.85 points.
The Cougars are back in action on Feb. 13-16 at the Liberal Arts Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.