Midland Men Finish Second at Morningside Invite, Women Place Seventh

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s swim teams put together another solid completion over the weekend, competing at the Morningside Invite. In both team and individual events, the Warriors secured four wins, eight runner-up finishes, and five third-place finishes. Midland swimmers finished in the top three in 16 of the 28 events on Saturday.

The Warrior men finished in second place in team scoring with a final tally of 722 points. They trailed only Iowa Central Community College, who won the men’s six-team competition with a score of 830.

“This meet was one for the ages as a showdown across the river,” head coach Ryan Bubb said afterwards. “For the first time ever, the men’s team beat their rivals Morningside. In dramatic come from behind action, with three events left, we are down by 30 points. The guys scratched and clawed their way within two, by their final relay. They swim a great race and place second and seventh to move ahead of Morningside by five points.”

The women’s team placed seventh out of nine teams in team scoring, but were less than 100 points away from finishing in the top four.

“On the women’s side, we were half a point from beating rivals College of Saint Mary,” Coach Bubb commented. “We are a small but mighty team and performed valiantly. Overall, the women fought hard and raced to their best.”

The best race of the day for the women’s team came from freshman Kadisyn Kircher, who placed second in the 200 Yard Backstroke event with a final time of 2:15.44. Kircher was just four seconds behind race winner Destini Oehlertz from Augustana University.

Midland women also placed third in three other events. Kircher was third in 100 Yard Backstroke and senior Paige Skidmore was third in the 200 Yard Breaststroke event. Also, the 200 Yard Medley Relay team comprised of freshman Nerissa Wagner, Skidmore, Kircher, and freshman Abigail Bruck finished in third, just two seconds behind the winning team from Augustana.

Men’s swimmers won four events on Saturday, including the 200 Yard Medley Relay team of freshman Collin McKelvey, sophomore Tyler Penney, freshman Gabriel Martinez, and freshman Scott Cain. The Warriors edged out a one second victory with a time of 1:36.67.

Individual winners included Scott in the 50 Yard Freestyle, McKelvey in the 100 Yard Backstroke, and Penney in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.

The second place finish for the men is the best finish for an invitational this season. Midland men have also won four of their duals this season.

The Warriors are in the water next on November 17 at the UNK Invitational in Kearney, Nebraska. Start time for the meet is set for 12:00 p.m.