EVANSTON, Ill.- North Dakota grabbed runner-up honors at the TYR Invite
hosted by Northwestern University concluded Sunday. NU took the overall team
title at the three-day event.
"Another solid day of swims," UND head coach Steve Parsons said. "We're really finding out about our team and who will step it up when it counts most.
"Adam Gannon had a nice swim in the 50 fly, he really likes swimming the 50. Aaron Chanas-LaRue finished his meet off with an outstanding performance in the 200 backstroke and came back ten minutes later and had the number two time in the 1650-- just an awesome double by Aaron. Austin Smith and Ian Ballantyne swam well in the 200 breaststroke. We have been working with Ian on his stroke and he is really starting to get control of it.
"Overall just a really solid weekend of swimming. We still have a lot of work to do but again a nice time to see where we are at this point and begin to look at where focus needs to go moving forward."
Chanas-LaRue placed second in the 1650 freestyle, touching in 15:52.57 with Zachary Stettner grabbing fourth in that event with a 16:44.10 time. Chanas-LaRue also had a third-place swim in the 200 backstroke with a 1:52.82. Daniel Jacobson was eighth in the championship race. Adam Gannon took second in the 50 butterfly, finishing in 22.76. Teammates Colin MacQuarrie and Austin Smith also qualified for the championship final, placing sixth and eighth, respectively. Smith grabbed third in the 200 breaststroke with his 1:00.77 time and Ian Ballantyne finished eighth (1:02.20). Gannon took seventh in the 100 freestyle with his 46.75 clocking. Stentter was also eighth in the 50 backstroke (25.87). Matt Koken put-up a 1:56.06 time in the 200 butterfly final, good for fourth.
The UND swimmers next prepare for the US Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 while the divers head to the Mizzou Invite on Nov. 29.
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 48
1. Northwestern 1293
2. North Dakota 718
3. Illinois- Chicago 632
4. Kenyon College 593