The University of North Dakota women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams enjoyed success in and out of the pool under first-year head coach Chris Maiello. Both squads finished with winning dual records, improving on last season’s marks and established numerous school records. Highlights of the season included:
DUAL MEET RECORDS
The UND women boasted a 9-7 dual meet record while the men improved on last season’s 2-10 record to post a 7-5 mark. North Dakota enjoyed eight combined wins over regional rivals South Dakota and South Dakota State this past season.
2013-14 marked the first season in the Western Athletic Conference for the UND men. North Dakota’s women’s program
Austin Smith became the first UND male to win a WAC championship, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. His 100 time of 53.29 gave UND its first-ever male winner and an NCAA-B cut. He turned the trick again in the 200 breast, this time breaking both school and conference records with a 1:56.15 time. The previous WAC mark had stood for 16 years before Smith smashed it on Saturday of the league meet.
UND ATHLETES RACK UP WAC WEEKLY HONORS
North Dakota athletes were recognized eight different times this season with "Athlete of the Week" accolades from the conference. Richard Eberle picked up a league-best four Male Diver of the Week awards while Austin Smith won the Male Swimmer of the Week twice. Rachael Waldbillig (Female Diver) and Morgan Lynch (Female Swimmer) were also recognized once this season.
SCHOOL RECORDS BROKEN
All told, 15 different school records were broken during the 2013-14 campaign. On the women’s side, senior Morgan Lynch broke her old school record in the 500 Freestyle by lowering the mark to a 4:55.73. Senior Camille Merwin broke the oldest women’s team record to date in the 200 Breaststroke on Saturday morning at the WAC Championships. She swam the event in 2:16.49 edging the old record set in 2002 by .04. Sophomore Ali Church teamed with Lynch who both swam under the 1000 and 1650 Freestyle school records. Church split a 10:18.03 at the 1000 while Lynch split a 10:14.19. They continued on to finish the mile in 17:12.12 and 17:06.82, Church finishing 9th and Lynch finishing 7th, respectively at the conference meet. The men began the WAC championships with a school record breaking performance in the 200 Medley Relay (1:27.46). Noah Lucas clocked a 4:21.27 (NCAA B-Cut) in the 500 Freestyle then sophomore Colin MacQuarrie tied the 50 Freestyle school record with a 20.27 on Thursday at the WAC meet. Senior Rick Eberle erased his previous 1-Meter Diving record raising the mark to 327.95 (Zone Qualifying Score). The 200 Freestyle Relay bested another school mark with a performance of 1:20.58. Junior Austin Smith smashed his previous school record in the 100 Breaststroke lowering his school record yet again in a dramatic come from behind victory with a time of 53.29 (NCAA B-Cut) and becoming the first North Dakota Men’s Swimming and Diving WAC Champion. The 400 Medley relay lowering the school mark by over a second to a 3:15.96. Smith earned his second WAC championship title in dominant fashion claiming the 200 Breaststroke in a 1:56.15, earning his second NCAA B-Cut of the meet, smashing his own school record by over three seconds and securing the first UND Men’s WAC Championship record in the event. The final event of the WAC meet saw yet another record fall for UND as the familiar team of Lucas, MacQuarrie, Dan Jacobson and Adam Gannon took down the 400 Freestyle relay record with a time of 2:59.39. Eberle would later take down his own platform mark with a 290.55 score at the NCAA Zone meet.
IN THE ZONE
North Dakota sent three divers to the NCAA Zone meet in Minneapolis, Minn. Seniors Richard Eberle and Rachael Waldbillig wrapped up phenomenal careers and joined Michael Golling at the postseason event. Read more
Finishing in the top three individually at the WAC Championships netted UND six different All-WAC First Team honorees. The four through eight finishers at the league meet, along with any second or third place relay, also earned second team accolades-- a total of 20 second team mentions for North Dakota.
Richard Eberle (3-meter diving, 1-meter diving)
Noah Lucas (500 free)
Austin Smith (100 breast, 200 breast)
Adam Gannon (200 medley relay)
Austin Smith (200 medley relay)
Colin MacQuarrie (200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 fly)
Noah Lucas (200 medley relay, 200 free,)
Michael Golling (3-meter, 1-meter)
Ian Ballantyne (100 breast)
Richard Eberle (platform diving)
Courtney Funk (50 free)
Morgan Lynch (500 free, 1650 free)
Erin Grabanski (200 IM, 100 back)
Allison Tonsager (50 free)
Ali Church (200 free)
Camille Merwin (100 breast, 200 breast)
Alexis Eissinger (platform diving)
SCHOLARS IN THE CLASSROOM
Academically the Women’s team was ranked 33rd as a CSCAA Scholar All American Team for their work in the Fall with a 3.41 cumulative GPA. The men also performed well in the classroom, ranking 35th as a CSCAA Scholar All American Team for their work in the Fall with a 3.17 cumulative GPA. Read more