Shenandoah, Texas – The Gustavus Adolphus women’s swimming and diving team used a 10th place performance by its 200-medley relay team to end the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Championships in 17th place with 14 points.
In the morning preliminaries, the 200-medley relay team of Alissa Tinklenberg (Jr., Willmar, Minn.), Jennifer Strom (So., Rochester, Minn.), Kayla Hutsell (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.), and Katie Olson (So., North Oaks, Minn.) finished 10th with a time of 1:45.65, breaking the school record and earning a spot in the consolation final. The group bested the 2010 school record set by Carley Mosher, Maggie Hansvick, Steph Korba, and Sarah Hund (Sr., Willmar, Minn.).
In the finals later that night, Tinklenberg, Strom, Hutsell, and Olson swam a 1:45.93 to remain in 10th.
Also in the morning prelims, Tinklenberg touched the wall in 5:01.13 to finish 21st in the 500 freestyle, while Olson swam a 24.04 in the 50 free to finish 31st.
The NCAA Championships will pick back up with day two time trails beginning on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. The 200-free relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 400-medley relay, and one-meter diving competitions are on the docket for tomorrow.