FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s swim teams capped off their fall schedule with strong races at the Mid-Season Invitational over the weekend. Competing against Morningside College and the University of Omaha women at the Dillon Family Aquatic Center, and the College of Idaho virtually, the Midland men took first with 1,608 points while the women placed third with 1,061 points. Morningside was second in both divisions with the men scoring 1,229 and the women earning 1,076. Omaha won the women’s division with 1,511 while C of I was fourth and third with 371 points on the women’s side and 425 points on the men’s.
“We swam extremely well this weekend,” said Midland head coach Ryan Bubb afterward. “After three tough days of racing with a lot of events, we accomplished exactly what we set out to do; put up some times that put us in contention to make the National Championship.”
The Warriors had several relays reach the NAIA A-Standard over the weekend. The men’s 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle, and 400-yard medley relays all reached the qualifying standard. The women saw their 800-yard freestyle reach the A-Standard.
Many school records fell as well with the Warriors hitting the first peak of the season.
Rianna Mueller set a new school record in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:58.25. That time bested her previous record by over 15 seconds.
Anna Lowary also set a new school record with a 2:17.40 in the women’s 200-yard butterfly.
Scott Cain reset his own 50-yard freestyle school record with a time of 20:19. Which was also the NAIA A-Standard.
Lily Harrell broke the women’s 200-yard backstroke record with a time of 2:09.21. Besting the previous time by just over two seconds.
As a team, the women set new relay school records in the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 8:05.64 and in the 400-yard medley with a time of 4:08.46.
“I am so extremely proud of this team,” Coach Bubb added. “With all of the mental, physical, emotional, and psychological stress that they have had to endure this year with extra protocols and all of the unknowns, they truly came together as a family this weekend. Although the athletes were all exhausted by the end of the meet, they were still cheering each other on. I couldn’t be more proud of the way this team came together after all that we have had to endure this semester. I think this built a lot of toughness and grit. Two traits that are paramount as a Warrior.”
Midland will let their bodies rest now for a bit before preparing for meets after the turn of the calendar year. The Warriors’ next scheduled meet is on Saturday, January 9, 2021, when they take on Nebraska Wesleyan in a dual meet in Lincoln, Nebraska.