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Cougar swimmers break more records at Minnesota Challenge

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The University of Minnesota Morris, swimming and diving team continued to break records at the Minnesota Challenge Feb. 3 and 4.

On the weekend, the Cougars finished with three new school records.

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In the first day at the Minnesota Challenge, the Cougars broke yet another record, this time in the 400-yard medley relay during the meet's first session.

Melissa Johnson, Kayla Gastecki, Jessica Fischer, and Sarah Dens teamed up to finish in 4:21.47, smashing the two-year-old record of 4:24.27.

No team scores were kept in the meet, which is one of the largest in the country and features teams from across Division I, II, and III.

Fischer also set a career best on the day, with her times in the 500-yard freestyle. Fisher touched the wall in 5:43.46 in the 500-free, dropping four tenths of her previous best set in her freshman season.

Gastecki finished the 200-individual medley with a 2:21.60 mark, posting her second-best time of the season.

In their second day at the Minnesota Challenge, the Cougars had more record breaking performances.

First off, Gastecki set a new standard in the 100-yard breast stroke, posting a 1:12.55 to take the record away from teammate Andelee Quast, who set the mark just this season.

In the 800-freestyle relay, Gastecki anchored a crew that included Dens, Fischer and Jackie Hanson as they smashed the previous mark. They teamed up to finish in 8:34.85, dropping 11 seconds off the record set last season.

Gastecki also posted a 5:05.12 in the 400 individual medley, with Fischer adding a 1:05.85 in the 100-yard butterfly to round out their days. In the 200-yard freestyle, Quast posted a 2:14.73, with Melissa Johnson touching the wall in 1:08.22 in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the day's other relay, Johnson, Jodie Roy, Hanson and Kristina Roe teamed up for a 2:09.08 in the 200-medley.

With the "regular season" wrapped up, the Cougars will now take this weekend off, before heading to the annual Liberal Arts Championships at Principia College in Elsah, Ill

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