Cougars ground Falcons
UMM Sports Information
On Friday, Nov. 8, the University of Minnesota, Morris womens swim and dive team hosted River Falls in a dual meet at Cougar pool. The meet saw the Cougars take down the Falcons with relative ease, winning by a decisive 155 – 78 margin. The Cougars dominated their opponents by winning twelve of the thirteen events and sweeping the top two spots in eight of those races.
The meet opened with a solid Cougar victory in the 400-yard medley relay, followed by a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1650-yard freestyle (Kayla Kranitz, Jill Burns and Jessica Fischer). In that race, Kranitz knocked an astonishing 38 seconds off of her previous best and Burns shaved the exact same amount of time off her effort in the event last week. Although Morris failed to win the ensuing 200 freestyle relay, Kayla Gastecki, Tori Brua and Natalie Hughes managed to take second, third and fourth. Natalie Reynen and Sarah Dens snatched top honors in the 50-yard freestyle (26.42 and 27.06), while Hannah Gasaway continued the Cougars' momentum with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley (2:30.81).
At this point in the meet, the divers took front and center. For head coach Dave Molesworth, this was his first chance this season to see his divers compete under meet conditions, and Carissa Fuller showed that she is prepared to lead Morris' diving corps by comfortably winning the 1-meter springboard competition. Teammates Erika Wielenga and Jessica Martineau finished second and fourth.
Kranitz and Gasaway finished 1-2 in the grueling 200-yard butterfly, after which it was Sarah Dens' turn to lead a Cougars' 1-2-3 sweep, winning the 100-yard freestyle (57.83). In the next event - the 200-yard backstroke - Kaitlin Kamm knocked seven seconds off her time from the previous meet, winning 2:25.96. Tia Volkers took second place (2:32.30).
The night's tenth event was the 500-yard freestyle, in which the Cougars' Gastecki, Sam Salathe, and Burns swept the top three spots. The divers then returned in 3-meter springboard action, with Fuller again leading the way, this time winning by over 35 points. Martineau and Wielenga finished second and third, respectively.
After being unable to compete in last week's meet, senior captain, Andee Quast, returned to action in the 200-yard breaststroke, posting the event's fastest time (2:50.24). With the meet outcome already having been sealed, the Cougars capped off the evening by taking first and second places in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Molesworth noted that he "was excited to have a couple of our team members back that we were missing last weekend" and that "it was great to see continued stroke improvements" in a number of the team's swimmers.