COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Both UND men's and women's swimming and diving teams each defeated Seattle University for the second straight day as competition wrapped up at the Air For Academy Natatorium Saturday. The UND men won 129-89 and lost to the host Falcons 116-100 while the North Dakota women were 121-99 winners over Seattle and lost duals to Air Force (131-90) and Northern Colorado (129-95).
"Swimming at altitude is always difficult, but I feel our team responded well on day two," UND head coach Chris Maiello said. "We watched performances that were stronger than day one of the meet and that is very encouraging as we move toward conference championships."
The men's 200 medley relay team of Adam Gannon, Austin Smith, Colin MacQuarrie and Noah Lucas took home first to start the meet (1:32.20). Lucas would later take the 200 free in 1:43.21. Smith would be the 100 breaststroke winner, touching in 55.96. Aaron Chanas-LaRue took second in the 500 freestyle with a 4:50.12 clocking and took third in the 100 free (10:09.76). Adam Gannon picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 50 free (21.30) and 100 butterfly (51.03). The men's 400 free relay squad finished the meet with a runner-up performance in 3:13.96.
In the platform dive, Rick Eberle took second with a 257.60 score.
"On the men’s side three performances really stood out today" Maiello said. "The 200 Medley Relay with Gannon, Smith, MacQuarrie and Lucas really set the tone for our team with the victory in the first event. Going back to last night, we had taken two relays in a row, that’s impressive against such strong conference competition. Austin Smith also had an outstanding day and strong weekend of performances. Winning all of the breaststroke events over the weekend was fun to watch. I know he enjoyed his performances in front of his hometown friends and family. Senior diver Rick Eberle finishing second on the tower is a great indication of where he is in relation to our conference competition. Although we do not have a tower here at UND, Rick seems very comfortable up there."
On the women's side, Erin Grabanski bested the competition in the 100 butterfly with her 58.98 clocking. Courtney Funk was runner-up in the 50 freestyle (24.54). Morgan Lynch was third in the 1000 free, finishing in 10:57.45 and also took third in the 500 free with a 5:20.40 performance. Nicole Stevens' 1:08.44 time in the 100 breaststroke was good for third. The women's 400 free relay wrapped the meet by taking third (3:44.81).
Cassidy Tangeman was the top UND diver, scoring 166.15 from the platform for fourth place.
"The women were stronger today than yesterday as well posting some quality swims" Maiello said. "The 200 Medley relay to lead off the meet was very good, posting a time just off our in-season best. Kristen Ainsworth had a good weekend of racing for us, she posted times that are encouraging for her development. Courtney Funk had a strong 50 free, Erin Grabanski placing first in the 100 fly was a very good swim under stressful racing conditions. We are looking forward to coming home this weekend for senior day on Saturday against USD.”
North Dakota hosts in final home meet of the season next week, welcoming in rival South Dakota for Senior Day. Action is set to start at noon with the diving competition and the meet to follow at 1:00 p.m