Duhawks enter Norse waters

Harriet Siegrist (TheLorian)

DECORAH, IA- Despite tough losses on both sides, the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams had a strong showing with multiple individual wins and season best times at their dual meet against Luther College on Jan. 30. The men’s team fell to the Norse 95.5-190.5, while the women fell 87-186.

Among the individual winners were senior Sarah Shafer taking the gold in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:01.47. Shafer also bested the 50-yard freestyle field, finishing in first at 26.31. Sophomore Nina Schiro was right behind her, taking second at 27.26. Schiro was able to have a first-place finish of her own later on in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 2:17.98, a season best time. Shafer rounded out the top three in event, taking third at 2:19.94. Sophomore Kinsey Bogen also added a win to her day, this time in the 100-yard breaststroke where she finished over a second ahead of her competition, touching at 1:17.49.

Other notable finishes on the women’s side came in the 200-yard medley relay, where Schiro and Bogen joined sophomore Amber Forbort and senior Marissa Schroeder, where they placed second (2:02.23). In the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Taylor Hrabak placed second (2:09.10). In the 1-meter diving event, Schroeder placed second, finishing with 129.60 points. In the 100-yard freestyle, the Hrabak, Bogen, and Forbort trio went, second (59.42), third (59.75), and fourth (1:02.13) respectively, with Hrabak and Forbort recording season best times.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, senior Harriet Siegrist recorded a lifetime best, placing fourth in a time of 3:08.49. Hrabak later joined first year Gabi Held for the 500-yard freestyle, where the duo placed third (5:57.46) and fifth (6:48.53). First year Elli Stine had an impressive showing in the 100-yard butterfly, recording a season best time of 1:11.76 and placing third overall. Senior Bri Gourley also competed in the event, taking fifth (1:25.99). In the 400-yard IM, Siegrist recorded another season best, placing third (6:00.73). Rounding out the afternoon, Forbort, Hrabak, Schroeder, and Shafer united for the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, placing second (1:48.49).

Coming off of a successful meet filled with season best times, Hrabak had a lot to say about the day.

“The meet was a lot of fun. There were a lot of good races and the team did amazing! I’m honestly really excited with how I did, especially in all of my individuals. I had someone to race and to push me to do better, which was really nice. I was also really proud of my 100-yard freestyle, which is the first time I swam it open, and I was able to break the minute marker which was amazing.”

Looking to the men’s side, the meet was filled with numerous close races, notable times, and even a tie for the Duhawks. Quickly returning to the water after racing in the 1,000-yard freestyle, senior Tim LaGrange looked to defeat the Norse in the 100-yard breaststroke. His fight paid off, and LaGrange tied with sophomore Jack Meehan of Luther, both touching at 1:05.34. Senior AJ Gainer grabbed gold in the 100-yard freestyle, out touching the Norse by .18 of a second, finishing in 52.41. The final win of the day came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where Gainer and Lagrange were joined by first-year and brother to Tim, Brad LaGrange, and senior John Lynch. The group finished in a time of 1:33.48.

To start the day, first-years Jon Broas, Brian Day, and Payton Markowski were joined by Lynch to compete in the 200-yard medley relay, where they placed second (1:46.73). In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Tim LaGrange, finished fourth (12:06.57), and junior Jacob Priewe followed behind, taking fifth (12:28.37). In the 200-yard freestyle, Brad LaGrange narrowly missed first, and took second with 1:53.31, a season best time. Looking at the 100-yard backstroke, Gainer and Broas took second (59.55) and fourth (1:01.75) respectively. In the 200-yard butterfly, Lynch joined sophomore Zach Nelson to take second (2:09.68) and fourth (2:19.26). The 50-yard freestyle proved to be another close race, with Brad LaGrange narrowly missing first by .34 of a second, taking silver (23.45).

Three Duhawks raced in the 200-yard backstroke, and the trio of Broas, junior Cole Rabedeaux, and sophomore Chris Grunke went third (2:16.67), fourth (2:25.35) and fifth (2:31.15). In the 200-yard breaststroke, Day earned a season best time while taking second (2:25.65). Another season best time came in the 500-yard freestyle, where B. LaGrange took silver (5:22.27). In the 100-yard butterfly, Lynch took second (56.98). Looking towards the diving well, junior Nicholas Schlader placed second with 150.50 points in the 1-meter diving event. In the final individual race of the day, Nelson recorded a fourth-place finish (4:59.47).

Despite a tough loss, Head Coach Nick Wyllie was still content with the meet. “It was nice finally getting a chance to travel and compete for the first time this season. For a lot of our team this was their first college away meet. We swam well, but just lost a lot of close battles. They were all learning experiences and I believe we are poised to do very well at the championship meet.”

The Duhawks will return to San Jose for their final dual meet of the year on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:00 a.m. against Nebraska Wesleyan. Seven seniors will be honored at the conclusion of the first diving event during the Saturday session. To watch the meet live, visit the Loras College Swim & Dive Facebook page.

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