CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Midland University swimming teams took to the pool at the Kohawk Invitational over the weekend and boasted one of the most successful meets in program history.
The men’s and women’s teams combined to win 18 of the 44 events over the weekend as 11 different Warriors combined to break an impressive 25 school records in both team and individual events. Midland swimmers finished with 35 total teams and individuals that scored in the top three in their respective events.
“We had a lot of great swims, lifetime bests, season bests, and an all-around great team effort,” said Midland head coach Ryan Bubb. “I couldn’t be happier with the way each and every swimmer stepped up.”
Men’s swimming was the top performing team over the weekend, bringing home a first place finish over St. Ambrose, Coe, and Morningside. Midland finished with 962 team points, a whole 105 points ahead of second place St. Ambrose.
Warrior men brought home 13 wins in team and individual events, including the 200 Medley Relay team that set a pool record for Coe College in the event. Team members included freshman Collin McKelvey, sophomore Tyler Penney, freshman Gabriel Martinez, and freshman Scott Cain.
Penney notched six wins total on the week with three team and three individual crowns each.
On the women’s side, the Warriors finished in fourth out of five teams but found their fair share of success as well.
Freshman Kadisyn Kircher had two individual wins and two runner-up finishes on the weekend, while senior Paige Skidmore also racked up a pair of wins in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events.
The relay team of Kircher, Skidmore, and freshmen Abigail Bruck and Nerissa Wagner also had three narrow runner-up finishes on the weekend, showing that the Warriors are getting closer and closer to success as the season moves along.
“We swam a lot of events this weekend and there were swimmers with some really hard lineups,” Bubb said. “We have a much better picture now of what people will be swimming at the end of the year.”
Midland swimmers enter a long break after a taxing weekend as both teams are off until the New Year. Fremont will host duals at the Dillon Family Aquatics Center with opponents coming from Simpson College, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Nebraska Wesleyan University, as well as a women’s team, from College of Saint Mary. The event on Saturday, January 12, is set to begin at 2:00 p.m.