Midland Men Defeat Tabor at UNK Invitational; Women Come Up Short in Three Duals

KEARNEY, Neb. – Midland University’s swim teams traveled to the University of Nebraska-Kearney this past weekend to compete in the UNK Invitational. The Warrior men faced Tabor College in a dual while the women face Tabor, College of Saint Mary and Nebraska-Kearney in a separate duals. The men won their dual with the Bluejays, 140-50 while the women lost all three of their matchups; 137-60 to UNK, 72-64 to Tabor, and 89-54 to CSM.

“We had some swimmers who were able to swim some events that they don’t normally get to and get out of their comfort zone a little bit, which is great,” head coach Ryan Bubb commented. “It was a fun meet and I’m looking forward to our next event in a couple of weeks. If how we are swimming now is any indication of how they’ll be then, I think we are going to have an opportunity to make a lot of NAIA National Championship cuts.”

As with a lot of duals and meets this year, roster depth was a key factor in the outcome. The Midland men were able to take advantage of their numbers winning virtually every race while the women, who were shorthanded due to injuries, were limited in the number of points they could earn.

On the men’s side the Warriors won every race but were only able to count 11 of the 14 wins as the final three events were swam as exhibitions only. The women had three victories on the day.

Midland First Place Finishes

  • Caden White – men’s 1650 yd. freestyle
  • Collin McKelvey – men’s 200 yd. freestyle
  • Nerissa Wagner – women’s 100 yd. backstroke
  • Hayden Robbins – men’s 100 yd. backstroke
  • Chasten Larson – men’s 100 yd. breaststroke
  • Gabriel Martinez – men’s 200 yd. butterfly
  • Joseph Berrick – men’s 50 yd. freestyle
  • Chasten Larson – men’s 100 yd. freestyle
  • Paige Skidmore – women’s 200 yd. backstroke
  • Gabriel Martinez – men’s 200 yd. backstroke
  • Joseph Berrick – men’s 200 yd. breaststroke
  • Abigail Bruck – women’s 500 yd. freestyle
  • Tyler Penney – men’s 500 yd. freestyle
  • Men’s 200 yd. medley relay – Collin McKelvey, Nick D’Andrea, Chasten Larson, and Joseph Berrick

Up next for Midland is the two-day Kohawk Invitational in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 1st and 2nd.