Champions: M – Denver, W – Denver
Location: Midco Aquatic Center // Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After the final races of the 2018 #SummitSD Championships, it was Denver who raised both the men's and women's team trophies for the fifth-consecutive year. The Pioneers set eight records Saturday, bringing the squad's four-day meet total to 13 championship records.
Omaha finished second on the women's side, the highest finish for the program in league history. Also finishing second and the highest in the team's history was the South Dakota men. South Dakota State followed in third in the men's and women's races, while the South Dakota women claimed fourth and the Western Illinois men took fourth.
After sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, Coyote Isaac Morris was named the men's Diving Championship MVP. Denver's Sammy Walker earned the program's first ever women's Diving Championship MVP award after winning the 1-meter dive (251.95) and placing third on the 3-meter (252.45).
Denver's Charlotte Simon was dubbed the women's Newcomer of the Championship after winning the 200 breast on the final day. Also earning Newcomer of the Championship honors was Stephen Calkins of Denver. Calkins touched first in the 100 fly and 200 free, and briefly held the 100 free championship record, before a teammate edged him out in the finals.
Maddie Myers and Colin Gilbert were named Championship MVPs. Both won the 1650 and 500 free, while Myers additionally took gold in the 400 IM. Brian Schrader was named the men's Swimming Coach of the Championship, Todd Samland was named the women's Coach of the Championships, Ben Grado was named the men's Diving Coach of the Championships and Eric Sprague was named the women's Diving Coach of the Championships.
News & Notes
- This was the second year the 100 IM was an event at the championships. Denver's Cy Jager set a new league championship record, clocking a 50.22 in the morning prelims. He then went on to smash that time with a new record in the finals, touching 49.78.
- Denver freshman Stephen Calkins continued to etch his name in the league record book, breaking the 100 free record with a time of 43.07 in the prelims. It didn't last for long, as teammate Sid Farber touched 42.78 in the finals to steal the title for the championship gold.
- South Dakota freshman Haley Pederson made a splash in the women's 3-meter dive, winning the event with a score of 255.45.
- Denver's Maddie Myers won the 500 free, 400 IM and the 1650 free en route to winning women's Championship MVP honors.
1. Denver – 1094
2. South Dakota – 695
3. South Dakota State – 665
4. Western Illinois – 367.50
5. Eastern Illinois – 308
6. Valparaiso – 241.50
1. Denver – 1,081
2. Omaha – 696
3. South Dakota State – 619
4. South Dakota – 593
5. Western Illinois – 219
6. Eastern Illinois – 205
Men's 100 IM – Cy Jager, Denver (49.78, breaking his record of 50.22 set in morning prelims)*
Women's 100 IM – Kylie Cronin, Denver (56.29)
Men's 1,650 Free – Colin Gilbert, Denver (15:13.22)
Women's 1,650 Free – Maddie Myers, Denver (16:24.61)
Men's 200 Back – Anton Loncar, Denver (1:41.15)*
Women's 200 Back – Morgan McCormick, Denver (1:53.11)
Men's 100 Free – Sid Farber, Denver (42.78)* (Defeating teammate Calkins' record from prelims)
Women's 100 Free – Morgan Wice-Roslin, Denver (49.12)
Men's 200 Breast – Adriel Sanes, Denver (1:56.24)*
Women's 200 Breast – Charlotte Simon, Denver (2:15.17)
Men's 200 Butterfly – Kyle Ewoldt, Denver (1:47.88)
Women's 200 Butterfly – Josi Valette, Denver (1:57.91)*
Women's Three-Meter Dive – Haley Pederson, South Dakota (255.45)
Men's 400 Free – Denver (2:54.61)*
Women's 400 Free – Denver (3:19.87)
*Summit League Championship record
Swimming Championship MVP – Colin Gilbert, Denver
Diving Championship MVP – Isaac Morris, South Dakota
Newcomer of the Championship – Stephen Calkins, Denver
Swimming Coach of the Year – Brian Schrader, Denver
Diving Coach of the Year – Ben Grado, Denver
Swimming Championship MVP – Maddie Myers, Denver
Diving Championship MVP – Sammy Walker, Denver
Newcomer of the Championship – Charlotte Simon, Denver
Swimming Coach of the Year – Todd Samland, Omaha
Diving Coach of the Year – Eric Sprague, Omaha
League teams will send divers to the NCAA Diving Zones, which take place March 5-7 at Rutgers University (Zone A), the University of Tennessee (Zone B), the University of Minnesota (Zone D), Northern Arizona University (Zone E) and March 8-10 at The Ohio State University (Zone C). Swimmers await NCAA selections to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming Championships. The Women's Championships will be hosted March 14 – 17 in Columbus Ohio, while the men will head to Minneapolis, Minnesota from March 21 – 24.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.orgwebsite, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.