Swimmers compete at Coyote Invitational



The UNI swimming & diving team competed at the Coyote Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D. this past weekend, hosted by the University of South Dakota.

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

The Panthers traveled to Sioux Falls, S.D. to compete in the Coyote Invite on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. It was a good meet for the Panthers, as they came away with six first place finishes.

The 200-yard medley relay is where the Panthers picked up their first, first place finish of the meet. The relay consisting of Olivia Chambers, Sydney Aird, Faith Larsen and Natalia Verastegui won with a time of 1:48.42, narrowly beating out the second place finishers who had a time of 1:48.77. Verastegui put in good work with the relay, but decided that she wanted to get a first place finish on her own. In the 200-yard freestyle, she claimed first place with a time of 1:54.48.

In the 100-yard backstroke, UNI’s Helena Heuberger picked up a victory. She just barely beat out her fellow Panther Scout Bergwall. Heuberger finished with a time of 58.08 seconds, while Bergwall had a time of 58.13 seconds. Another Panther won the 200-yard backstroke, as Abby McCorkle claimed first in 2:09.58.

In the 100-yard freestyle, there were a lot of Panthers at the party. The top three finishers were all from UNI. Hallory Domnick came out victorious with a time of 53.02, but the other two, Hannah Nedder and Casey Summers were not far behind.  Nedder had a time of 53.93, and Summers finished at 53.98. In the 200-yard breaststroke, UNI’s Aird came out on top. She finished with a time of 2:25.75. 

Bergwall, who got beat out by teammate Heuberger in the 100-yard backstroke, got herself a first place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. She had a time of 2:09.08. Another Panther, Chambers finished in second place with a time of 2:10.99. 

That was all of the events for the swimming portion of the meet, and since the Panther divers were at Omaha Diving Invitational, that concluded the meet for the Panthers. As a team, UNI finished fifth out of five teams, scoring 15 points.  

UNI’s regular season has come to an end, and they will get in the pool next for the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. The Championships are being held in Iowa City and will go on from Wednesday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 18.