The Mavericks swimming and diving team opened its home season with a win against University of South Dakota Friday, Oct. 4. This is MSU’s first win against the Coyotes in a meet since 2013 and marked a victory over a Division I team.
With a score of 151.5-148.5, the Mavericks were able to take both relays and nine out of the 14 events in total.
Sophomores Anja Enervold, Emily Goodman, Katie Streiff and senior Maggie Knier, beat South Dakota in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:47.40. Then again Knier, Enervold, and sophomores Nikki Ault and Grace Gavronski took the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.13.
“We had a strong lead and then they started to catch us. We were up by five points, there was a ton of high energy and both teams hit the wall. We looked up to the scoreboard and each team saw a one by their name and started celebrating before realizing that we tied for first. As we were trying to figure out who had won, the score updated showing that we had won by three points,” Knier said about the 200-meter freestyle relay.
It was a truly great meet for Knier who was able to add two individual wins to the relays, finishing the 50-meter freestyle with 24.64, as well as 54.16 in the 100-meter freestyle.
Goodman and Streiff also added individual wins for the Mavericks, with Streiff taking the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 58.77 and Goodman finishing the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:23.74. With 1:06.52 in the 100-meter breaststroke Goodman also won second place in that category.
Junior Emelia Selky also took the 1,000-meter freestyle event for the Mavericks, with a time of 10:59.38.
For the freshmen, it was Nicole Beckman who was able to take her first Maverick win, with 2:14.91 in the 200-meter butterfly.
Freshman Ayla Taylor then won the 1-meter diving event, with a 234.00 score.
Senior Jaycie Klein finished fourth in the 3-meter diving event, with a score of 204.25.
The Mavericks swimming and diving team will face off against Southwest Minnesota State this upcoming Friday at home.
Header photo courtesy of MSU Athletics.