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Noah Lucas bested his own school record in the 50 free Thursday.
Four more school marks fall in day two of WAC meet
Release: 02/23/2017
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HOUSTON, Texas-- The University of North Dakota swimming and diving teams etched four more new school records in day two of the Western Athletic Conference Championships Thursday. A school-record women's relay win and three more individual school marks helped North Dakota to fourth place (women) and fifth place (men) showings midway through the four-day meet.

“What another great day for our program. With four more new school records and 5 NCAA B-Cut performances on the day, our team is continuing to build with each session," UND associate head coach Anthony Harris said. "It is great to see the team get loud and rowdy for one another. Our atmosphere in finals is electric and we have really lifted one another to some outstanding performances. Tonight’s swim session was capped with our second relay title in these championships. The women’s 200 freestyle relay won in dramatic fashion with Schwab’s third leg splitting a 22.95 and catapulting UND ahead of the field by a half-body length. In men’s diving our freshman duo showed maturity beyond their years by facing down a formidable field and finishing fourth and eighth on 3-Meter.

“Tomorrow is notorious for being a challenging session for all teams but we are looking forward to getting back at it as the point totals tighten."

Jacob Wielinski took runner-up in the 500 free, just getting out-touched at the wall in 4:23.98, good for a NCAA B-cut time. Ivar Iverson took sixth in the 200 IM, clocking a 1:48.42 for another B-standard and a new school record. Noah Lucas went 19.72 for a runner-up finish in the 50 free, also below the NCAA B standard. He broke his own school record in the preliminaries, touching in 19.71. The 200 free relay closed Thursday's action with a fifth-place finish in 1:20.81.

In diving, freshman Mitch Raihle scored 299.55 on the 3-meter to earn himself fourth place while classmate Nick Benson made the finals and took eighth with a 271.00 showing.

The final event for the women was another relay win for UND with the 200 free relay, giving North Dakota its second relay title and subsequent school record in as many days (200 medley relay). Steph Frey, Anna Andersen, Alli Schwab and Emily Hamel steered UND to a 1:32.51 finish to set the new school mark. Hamel then highlighted a UND final swim in the 50 free that had three Fighting Hawks competing. Hamel took fourth with a 23.39 time while Andersen and Frey were seventh and eighth, respectively, to help UND pile up 45 team points in that event alone. Katie Breault set a new school record in the preliminaries of the 200 IM (2:01.40) for an NCAA B-cut before taking third in the finals (2:01.68).

The meet continues Friday with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, women's platform diving and the 400 medley relays.

Men - Team Rankings
1. Wyoming 285
2. U S Air Force Academy 267
3. Grand Canyon 242
4. UNLV 218
5. North Dakota 182
6. CSU Bakersfield 116
7. Seattle University 83

Women - Team Rankings
1. Northern Arizona 284
2. Idaho 242
3. Grand Canyon 217
4. North Dakota 190
5. New Mexico State 185
6. CSU Bakersfield 155
7. Seattle University 98
8. Northern Colorado 90

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