SIOUX FALLS | Freshmen from South Dakota’s men’s swimming and diving teams made splashes during the weekend at the Coyote Invitational, held at Sioux Falls’ Midco Aquatic Center.
Freshman Mark Vanderzee won three events, the 400 individual medley (4:13.33), the 500 freestyle (4:40.79) and the 200 butterfly (1:55.77). Another frosh, 200 backstroke winner Ben Kopp (1:59.01), was the leadoff swimmer in the first-place 200 medley relay (1:34.24), which also included Steve Wascom, Steven Howell and Gray Determan.
Freshman Duncan Johnson reached the Coyotes’ career list when he was clocked in 1:55.71 while winning the 200 individual medley. Johnson’s time surpassed the previous 10th-place placeholder in the event.
Wascom and Determan were also part of the first-place 400 freestyle relay (3:09.24), joined by Wyatt Thompson and Elbert Chuang. The Coyotes also won the 400 medley relay (3:36.79), an event that included Kenny Austin, James Ryan, Christian Fossum and Wascom.
Action on the diving boards saw Isaac Morris also make waves by winning both dives. He took the 1-meter dive with a score of 300.90 and also won the 3-meter dive (314.60).
South Dakota’s women won only one event, the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome, consisted of Theresa Godlewski, Taylor Kidd, Kathleen Juffer and Hannah Gupton, was clocked in 1:37.18.
Godlewski was also the leadoff swimmer as the Coyotes took second in both the 200 medley (1:49.92) and 400 freestyle (3:35.36) relays.
Sophomore Katie Coleman made her first appearance in the Coyotes Top 10 list after taking fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.26). She’s now 10th in school history in the event.
Suzanna Gonzalez had two of Morningside’s top three finishes at the USD Invitational. The native of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., won the 1,650 freestyle (17:46.48) while taking third in the 200 freestyle (1:55.82).
Trey Kluender led Morningside’s men by finishing second in the 1,650 freestyle (19:00.960. Teammate Jake Kohorst was third in the 200 backstroke (2:06.23).