UNI 3-0 at South Dakota Quad Duals

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UNI 3-0 at South Dakota Quad Duals

COURTESY PHOTO/UNI Athletics

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COURTESY PHOTO/UNI Athletics

ELIOT CLOUGH, Sports Writer

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The Panthers swimming and diving team victoriously returned to Cedar Falls after defeating the likes of the South Dakota Coyotes, South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the St. Cloud State Huskies on Nov. 2-3 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

UNI rolled to victory over the Jackrabbits with a team score of 178-63, while the purple and gold took down the Huskies 156-87. South Dakota State gave UNI a tough challenge, but it was the Panthers who edged out the Jackrabbits 122-121.

Crystal Florman, who was named the Missouri Valley Conference swimmer of the week early last month, continued her winning ways for the Panthers, placing first in two individual events, the 50 and 100-yard freestyle.

Several other Panthers came away with individual wins from the weekend, including Katie Taylor with first place finishes in the 200-freestyle and 200-backstroke, clocking times of 1:53.42 and 2:01.55.

Moriah Ross won the 200-breaststroke with a time of 2:19.81 and Kylie Engstrom took the 1650-freestyle as well as the 500-freestyle. Engstrom swam times of 17:57.26 and 5:15.78.

Placing second behind Engstrom was Laura Vilms with a time of 18:15.63. Anika Lillegard-Bouton also placed second behind Engstrom in the 500-freestyle with a time of 5:19.29.

Another first-place finish came from the 200-medley relay team of Ross, Florman, Madison Rinaldi and Lauren Havertape. The team clocked a time of 1:47.75.

Jayden Lovell led the way for the Panthers in the diving well with a top five finish in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 224.85.

UNI will return to the water for the Kansas Classic, held in Topeka on Nov. 16-18.

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