Denver Dominates on Night Two of Summit League Championships

Photo Courtesy: Summit League

By Kaylie Noll, Swimming World College Intern

The second night of finals for the 2016 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships began with the 200 yard freestyle relays and ended with the women’s one meter diving.

The University of Denver women started off the night right with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, with Johanna Roas (22.93), Morgan Wice-Roslin (22.67), Lauren Moden (22.80), and Zoe Huddleston (22.37) teaming up to swim a new Summit league championship record of 1:30.77, beating last’s year record of 1:30.90, also set by Denver last year. Silver went to IUPUI’s Maranda Buha (23.35), Alexis Bullard (23.23), Madison Taylor (23.53), and Tori Kroon (22.96), swimming a 1:33.07. Bronze was South Dakota State University’s, made up of Abby Zenner (23.50), Kristin Erf (23.44), Richelle Bruyckere (24.09), and Hadlie Overhue (23.70) racing to 1:34.73.

In the men’s 200 free relay, Denver’s squad of Ray Bornman (20.10), Kyle Robrock (19.03), Anton Loncar (19.86), and Tim Cottam (19.43) won with a NCAA B standard time of 1:18.42. They also smashed the Summit league championship record of 1:20.25, set by Oakland in 2009. IUPUI finished second in this race, with Lennart Kuester (20.37), Aaron Brysch (20.43), Trenton Wolfe (20.01), and Jared Allen (20.04) teaming up to swim 1:20.85. Third went to South Dakota State University’s Ben Bolinske (20.18), Pierce Oja (20.69), Tony Mikrut (20.55) and Daniel Jacobson (19.87), touching at 1:21.29.

The 500 freestyle was a clean sweep by the Denver women, finishing first through seventh. Maddie Myers held her first place seed, swam a NCAA B cut, and set a new league championship record with her time of 4:45.30. Teammate Clara Jenck also made the NCAA time standard, finishing at 4:46.07, which was also under the previous league championship record of 4:46.18. Fellow Denver swimmer Grace Sommerville swam smart, dropping ten seconds from this morning to move up into third place with a time of 4:47.94.

On the men’s side, Denver’s Dylan Bunch won with a NCAA B standard time by almost seven seconds. His time of 4:18.06 also broke his own league championship record from last year. Second place teammate Scott Bergstrom also made a NCAA B cut with a time of 4:24.70. Rounding out the top three was another Denver swimmer, Luke Williams, who touched the wall at 4:25.08.

In the women’s 200 yard IM, Bailey Andison continued to drop time, finishing with an impressive 1:56.81, which also lowered her league championship record set during prelims. Teammates Johanna Roas and Amanda Sanders finished second in 1:59.01 and third in 1:59.59, respectively. The top four swimmers stayed under the NCAA B cut that they all performed this morning.

In the men’s 200 individual medley, Tim Cottam grabbed gold with a time of 1:47.87. Teammates Lane Bretschneider and Ben Severino made their NCAA B time standards this evening after being so close in prelims, touching second in 1:48.63 and third in 1:48.65, respectively.

The women’s 50 yard freestyle was won by University of Denver’s Morgan Wice-Roslin, touching the wall with her NCAA B standard time of 22.82. Like previous events, the Denver women took the top three spots: Zoe Huddleston grabbed second with a time of 23.03 while Lauren Moden touched at 23.13.

For the men, the 50 yard freestyle was the only race where Denver did not finish 1-2-3. University of Denver’s Kyle Robrock led the pack with a winning time of 19.65, but South Dakota State’s Ben Bolinske held onto second, swimming 19.99 and breaking the 20 second barrier, and IUPUI’s Lennart Kuester moved up into third with a finishing time of 20.27.

The women’s one meter diving competition concluded the evening, with University of South Dakota’s Greysen Hertting winning as expected with a score of 293.35 and NCAA Zone diving standard. South Dakota State’s Olivia Olesiak placed second with a score of 251.80, with Melissa Berger right behind her finishing with 250.20 points.

Women’s Standings After Day Two

  1. University of Denver – 395
  2. IUPUI – 187
  3. South Dakota State University – 186.5
  4. The University of South Dakota – 159
  5. University of Nebraska Omaha – 146
  6. Eastern Illinois University – 96.5
  7. Western Illinois University – 89

Men’s Standings After Day Two

  1. University of Denver – 328.5
  2. IUPUI – 260
  3. South Dakota State University – 197
  4. Western Illinois University – 162
  5. The University of South Dakota – 148
  6. Eastern Illinois University -57.5
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