FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University hosted their first invitational swimming meet this past weekend at Dillon Family Aquatic Center in Fremont, Nebraska. It was the second collegiate swimming event at the newly constructed pool for the Warriors having hosted a pair of duals earlier in the month. On Saturday, Midland hosted College of Saint Mary, Concordia College-Moorhead, and Saint Ambrose University. Both Midland and Saint Ambrose fielded men’s and women’s teams, while CSM and Concordia just have women’s programs.
Midland took first place in 13 of the 24 events but lacked the team depth on the men’s and women’s sides to in either meet title. The men finished second behind Saint Ambrose (339 to 333) while the women were fourth (SAU – 218; CSM – 190; Concordia – 163; Midland – 131).
The Warriors swept the 200 medley relays to open the meet and then did the same in the 400 freestyle relays to close out the meet. In between, on the men’s side, Tyler Penny won the 200 freestyle and the 400 individual medley. Scott Cain won the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Collin McKelvey finished first in the 200 backstroke and Gabe Martinez won the 100 butterfly. Paige Skidmore won the 200 breaststroke for the women and Kadisyn Kircher was first in the 500 freestyle.
“This was an incredible meet on both sides,” head coach Ryan Bubb commented. “Most of the races were neck-and-neck and we had a lot of touch outs in this meet. We didn’t have the depth to finish above a few teams, but to be within 100 points of the meet champion on the women’s side with a fraction of their roster depth was great.”
Several new school records were set as well on Saturday. Kircher set a pair of records in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Paige Skidmore broke her own school-record in the 100 breaststroke. Scott Cain set the men’s 50 freestyle record and Collin McKelvey set a new mark in the 200 backstroke. Additionally, the women’s 400 freestyle relay team of Kircher, Nerissa Wagner, Skidmore and Abby Bruck set a new school-record in the 400 freestyle relay.
Midland will take the pool once again at the DFAC this coming Saturday when they host Tabor and Barton County. The first race is set for 1:00 p.m. in Fremont.