Sioux City, Iowa – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s swimming and diving capped off a busy weekend at the Mustang Invitational held at Morningside College on Saturday afternoon. Both the Gustavus men and women recorded their first meet victory of the season. The Gustie women cruised to a first place finish out of six competing teams after registering a total of 1,023.5 points. The Gustavus men won its competition after recording 833 points, beating out three other schools.
On the women’s side, the University of Nebraska at Kearney finished second with 875.5 points, and Morningside finished third with 528 points. Iowa Lakes Community College placed fourth (323), Central Community College placed fifth (283), and the College of Saint Mary rounded out the competitors in sixth (92).
In the men’s meet, Iowa Central Community College came in second with 806 points, Morningside finished third with 697 points, and Iowa Lakes rounded out the field in fourth with 600 points.
Gustavus’ women’s squad tallied two event wins and 14 top three finishes at the meet. Quinn Arnold (Sr., Marinette, Wis.) and Kimberlie Massy (Fy., Great Falls, Mont.) turned in the Black and Gold’s first place finishes. Arnold won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:21.63 and finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.60. Massey touched the wall first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.17 and also had a second place performance in the 400 IM with a time of 5:04.36.
Anna Eames (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.) and Sophia Iaquinta (So., Lincoln, Neb.) both contributed big points with a pair of second place swims each. Eames was runner up in the 500 freestyle (5:34.11) and the 200 butterfly (2:26.15), while Iaquinta placed second in both the 50 free (25.69) and 100 butterfly (1:05.91).
Amanda Winslow (Fy., Montrose, Colo.), Brogan Barr (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), Michelle Dehnke (Fy., Chaska, Minn.), Julia Kramer (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) rounded out Gustavus’ top finishers all with third place marks – Winslow in the 500 free, Barr in the 200 IM, Dehnke in the 400 IM, and Kramer in the 200 breaststroke.
In the relay races, Arnold, Shannon Tschida, Iaquinta (Sr., St. Cloud, Minn.), and Sarah Hund (Sr., Willmar, Minn.) teamed up to finished second in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:59.76. Iaquinta, Cassie Lindstrom (Fy., Shakopee, Minn.), Barr, and Hund combined to finish second in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:43.93.
Top performers on the men’s team included David Kramer (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.), Dante Colucci (Fr., Summit, N.J.), and Ross Larson (So., Brookings, S.D.). Kramer swam to a first place finish in the 200 IM after touching the wall in 2:09.81. He also added a third place mark in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.20. Colucci added another event win by taking the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.73. Larson rounded out the group with a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly after going 56.65.
Colucci, Jens Thomsen (So., Shawnee, Kan.), Larson, and Ben Miller (Fr., Des Moines, Iowa) teamed up to finish third in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:43.15.
The Gustavus swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool on Saturday, Nov. 17 when they compete in the Saint John’s/Saint Ben’s Mini Invite at 1:00 p.m.