SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s men’s and women’s swimming felt right at home in enemy waters as they swept the top placing at the Mustang Invitational at the Hindman-Hobbs Center. The Warriors broke five pool records over two days on the way to a 720 point total on the women’s side and 770 points on the men’s side. Host-school Morningside University was second in the women’s and men’s field with 645 and 748 points respectively. College of Saint Mary was third in the women’s standings with 329 points.
“The team swam very well this weekend,” said head coach Ryan Bubb. “We faced some adversity this week and it was great to see the team come together and we ended up swimming really well. We’re exactly where we were planning to be this week. We’ve been putting things in place for the team to swim lights out next week. We broke multiple pool records which is always good to do at your rival’s pool. I would be remiss not to note Sydney Allison who swam multiple lifetime bests this weekend and Brandon Moser closing well in his 200 breaststroke.”
After day one the Warriors held a slim 17 point lead on the men’s side. They held a 68 point lead on the women’s side through 10 events.
Individual winners for the Warriors were numerous with seven wins in the women’s events and nine wins in the men’s events. Midland swept the 10 combined relays.
Caleb Miller had a pair of wins. He won the 500 freestyle (4:54.10) and the 100 individual medley (54.62). The latter was a new pool record.
Tyler Penny won two events. He had the top time in the 200 IM (1:59.63) and set a pool record in the 100 breaststroke (57.47).
Trevor Edwards won two individual events as well. He was the fastest swimmer in the 200 backstroke (2:01.03) and the 100 backstroke (54.59).
Also winning multiple events on the men’s side was JD Gagner. He won the 400 IM (4:29.68) and the 200 breaststroke (2:16.52).
Gabriel Martinez rounded out the solo wins for the Midland men with a victory in the 100 butterfly.
On the women’s side, Midland was led by Lily Harrell who won three individual events. She set a new pool record in the 200 IM (2:11.82) and added wins in the 100 backstroke (1:00.70) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.87).
Four other women won events for the Warriors. Faith Guyer was tops in the 400 IM (4:46.84). Kadisyn Kircher won the 200 backstroke (2:15.26). Anna Lowary had the top time in the 200 butterfly. Allyse Bell won the 200 breaststroke (2:42.89).
Midland will be back in the pool inside the Hindman-Hobbs Center next week as they take on the Mustangs in a dual meet on Friday, November 20. That meet comes on the eve of the two-day Mid-Season Invitational hosted by Midland on November 21-22. Start time on Friday is slated for 6:00 p.m. in Sioux City. Day one of the weekend meet is slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with day two beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday inside the Dillon Family Aquatics Center in Fremont, Nebraska.