INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Denver swimming and diving teams claimed ten event wins to clinch The Summit League Championship title in the final day of competition at IUPUI in Indianapolis on Saturday.
DU’s men won the title with 1018.5 points while the women claimed the title with 1017.5 points. Coming in second for the men was host IUPUI (565 points) and for the women was South Dakota State (595 points). This is Denver’s fourth women’s swimming and diving conference win and its 38th men’s swimming and diving conference win. The Pioneers are in their inaugural year with The Summit League.
"I’m really proud of our teams and how we represented DU,” head swim coach Brian Schrader said. “It makes a season so much more meaningful to close with a championship. It gives everyone a role and a focal point. Our seniors were outstanding this weekend, and I am excited that our season isn’t over and we will be represented at men’s and women’s NCAAs.”
Denver got off to a good start, sweeping the women’s and men’s 1650 free. Clara Jenck (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed the top spot for the women in 16:39.40. Coming in second and third were Tyra Rooney (Calgary, Alberta) (16:43.45) and Jaclyn Best (Boulder, Colo.) (17:02.27). For the men’s squad, Dylan Bunch (Boulder City, Nev.) came in first, breaking a Summit League record in 14:59.58. Jeremiah Zgliczynski (Littleton, Colo.) and Matt Absher (Knoxville, Tenn.) came in behind Bunch at 15:21.60 and 15:39.62. Bunch and Zglicynski’s times garnered them NCAA “B” Standards in the event.
The Pioneers again swam to the top three spots in the men’s and women’s 200 back. Senior Kyle Milberg (Littleton, Colo.) claimed the fastest time for the men in 1:43.84. The second and third places went to Willy Van Dehy (Boulder, Colo.) (1:45.66) and Darian Brunetti (Denver, Colo.) (1:49.62). On the women’s side, Samantha Corea (Vancouver, British Columbia) came in first and broke a Summit League record in 1:52.81 while Bridgette McNally (Lone Tree, Colo.) got second in 1:57.78 and Gretchen Cohen (Centennial, Colo.) came in third in 2:00.71. Milberg, Van Dehy, Corea and McNally made “B” Standards with these times.
In the 100 free event, Drew Matthews (Saskatoon, Sask.) and Kyle Robrock (Savage, Minn.) touched the walls quickest. Matthews’ time of 49.73 set a new Summit League record and gathered a “B” Standard while Robrock claimed the top spot in 44.87. Coming in right behind Matthews was Johanna Roas (Munich, Germany) who also posted a “B” Standard in 49.91.
Denver’s men came in one-two in the 200 breast. Senior Tanner Krall (Pueblo, Colo.) posted a “B” Standard and broke a Summit League record in 1:59.06. Tim Cottam (Wahroonga, Australia) followed with a time of 2:00.21.
The DU men also claimed the top two spots in the 200 fly. In a “B” Standard time of 1:45.90, Andrew Torres (Arvada, Colo.) came in first and Scott Bergstrom (White Salmon, Wash.) swam a close second in 1:47.24.
Closing out the day on a high note, both Denver’s men and women took first in the 400 free relay. Corea, Roas, Morgan Mullenix (St. Louis, Mo.) and Matthews collected first place and a Summit League record in 3:21.04. The men’s team of Patrick Guillory (Meadows Place, Texas), Robrock, Doug Mackenzie (Silver Spring, Md.) and Milberg posted the top time of 3:00.36.
In Diving, Dana Gau (Waukesha, Wis.) came away with the best score of the day. Garnering 270.15 points, the junior placed second in the 3-meter dive.
Winning special awards for Denver were Corea, Milberg, Jenck and Bergstrom. Corea and Milberg both were named Swimmer of the Championship, while Jenck and Bergstrom received newcomer awards. These are the third conference honors Corea and Milberg have collected in their college careers.
“Kudos to Scott Bergstrom and Clara Jenck for their Summit League Newcomer awards,” Schrader said. “I cannot begin to express how much Sam Corea and Kyle Milberg deserve their Swimmer of the Championship honors. And, a special nod to Dylan Bunch for his outstanding wins and swims this weekend and new summit league record.”
Coach Schrader was also recognized for his team's accolades this season. Schrader was named The Summit League's men's and women's Coach of the Year.
Women - Team Rankings
1. University of Denver 1017.5 2. South Dakota State University 595
3. Iupui Jaguars 517 4. The University of South Dakota 446
5. University of Nebraska Omaha 385.5 6. Eastern Illinois University 226
7. Western Illinois University 135
Men - Team Rankings
1. University of Denver 1018.5 2. Iupui Jaguars 565
3. South Dakota State University 533.5 4. Western Illinois University 425
5. The University of South Dakota 392 6. Eastern Illinois University 277
The Pioneers are back in action on March 1, when they host the Colorado Senior Meet at El Pomar Natatorium.
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