FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University began their 2019-20 swimming season over the weekend as they hosted three other schools at the Dillon Family Aquatic Center. Joining the Warriors in the pool were Barton Community College, Sterling College, and University of St. Mary.
Midland swimmers won 11 races on the evening including the first two, the women’s and men’s 400 yard medley relays. In the women’s race Nerissa Wagner, Gracie Lefholz, Kadisyn Kircher, and Abby Bruck combined to swim a 4:21.47, which also reached the NAIA ‘A’ Standard. The men also reached the top qualification standard with a team of Hayden Robbins, Tyler Penney, Gabe Martinez, and Scott Cain. They had a time of 3:29.40.
Winning races for the Lady Warriors were Rianna Mueller, Nerissa Wagner, and Kadisyn Kircher.
Mueller was first in the women’s 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:53.26.
Wagner won the women’s 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:20.0.
Kircher was first in the 200 yard individual medley and the 500 yard freestyle. In the medley she had a time of 2:23.95 and in the freestyle her time was 5:41.93.
On the men’s side Caleb Miller, Tyler Penney and Scott Cain all won races.
Miller won the men’s 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.21, which also set a new school record. Earlier in the night he set the men’s 1000 yard freestyle record with a time of 10:15.76, finishing second.
Penney won the men’s 200 yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.35 and the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:07.96. Both times eclipsed the NAIA ‘A’ Standard.
Scott Cain set a new school record while winning the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.84. That time is currently the fastest in the NAIA this season. Cain also won the men’s 100 yard freestyle with a time of 47.46. Both of his times also reached the NAIA ‘A’ Standard.
Rounding out the night the women’s and men’s teams both recorded ‘A’ standard times in the 400 yard freestyle relays. The women placed 4th in their race with a time of 4:10.57 and the men were 2nd with a time of 3:20.40.
As a team the women won their duals with St. Mary (116-64) and Sterling (102-76) but dropped their matchup with Barton (88-100). The men matched the women with wins over St. Mary (151-41) and Sterling (153-21) and also dropped dual with Barton (84-115).
“We had a lot of great swims, some were pleasant surprises,” commented head coach Ryan Bubb. “For being this early in the season and for as tired as they are, they swam very well. Scott’s 50 may have been the biggest surprise of the night. I don’t think anybody was expecting him to break 21 unshaved and unrested.”
“Caleb had a great 500 free, as did Kadisyn. Rianna fought valiantly for a great win the 1000. We were a couple of touches away from being 3-0 on both the women’s and men’s side, but you live to fight another day.”