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3/16 Cobber Coach Julie Lucier Announces
Most Improved - Allison
Lowe (So., Dent, Minn./Perham HS)
(Minneapolis, Minn.)-- Concordia saved their best for last, as they scored 74 team points, climbed over Hamline and claimed seventh place at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cobbers scored points in all six individual events on the third day of the competition. In the only relay event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Concordia finished sixth.
Head Coach Julie Lucier received several surprise performances on the final day of competition, but none was bigger than Annie Cullen's (So., Moorhead, Minn.) feat in the 1-meter diving competition. Cullen, who started the season with no prior diving experience, finished sixth and scored 13 points for the Cobbers. Her final total of 193.35 was less than three points behind fifth place, and only 10.9 points behind teammate Emily Hall (Jr., Minot, N.Dak.), who was last year's MIAC Diver of the Year. Hall finished in fourth place in the competition, to go along with her third place finish in the 3-meter competition.
The cast of usual suspects came to the top for Concordia. They were also joined a few surprise candidates. Angela Renner (Fr., Mandan, N.Dak.) completed her first MIAC Championship Meet by breaking another school record. On Thursday, she broke the school mark in the 50-yard freestyle, and on Saturday she backed that up by smashing the mark in the 100-yard freestyle. She swam a 56.31 in the finals and finished 16th. That time is .24 faster than the old mark set by Kaia Slevin at last year's championship meet.
The highest finish for an individual, besides the two divers, was Shannon Brown (So., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS), who placed 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 2:37.45. Megan Johnson (Jr., South St. Paul, Minn.) claimed 13th place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:22.83. The tandem of Kirsten Borchardt (Jr., Hutchinson, Kan.) and Jana Hemstad (So., Milaca, Minn.) pulled each other along in the 1650 freestyle, and the pair finished 13th and 14th. Borchardt swam a 19:14.24 to place 13th, and Hemstad clocked a 19:15.05 to finish 14th. Both times are season-best marks for the swimmers.
Coming through in the 200-yard backstroke was senior Jenny Berg (Plymouth, Minn./Armstrong HS). Berg claimed a spot in the championship meet by swimming a 2:26.45, then followed that up by swimming a 2:25.81 in the finals. She finished six places higher than her seed time.
Elizabeth Stuker (So., Chinook, Mont.) was another pleasant surprise for the Cobbers, seeded 25th in the 200-yard breaststroke entering the meet, she swam a personal-best 2:43.35 in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals. She tapered off in the final, but her points were critical in the final-day success for Concordia. Her time in the preliminaries was her second personal record of the meet.
In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Concordia team of Brown, Katie Lee (Fr., South St. Paul, Minn.), Johnson and Renner swam a 3:49.48 to claim sixth place and grab 26 points. That time was only .23 off the school record.
2/13 Cobbers Slide to Eighth Place After
Day 2 of MIAC Championship Meet.
(Minneapolis, Minn.)-- Concordia slipped two places and finds themselves in eighth place after two days at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet at the University of Minnesota. The Cobbers have a two-day team total of 119 points. Hamline jumped over the Cobbers and sits in seventh place with 128 points. Gustavus leads the overall competition with 553 total points.
The Cobbers had three swimmers place in the top 16 of individual events on day two. Megan Johnson (Jr., South St. Paul, Minn.) finished 12th in the 100-yard butterfly. Her time of 1:04.10 in the finals is her best time of the season. Katie Lee (Fr., South St. Paul, Minn.) helped out Concordia by climbing 14 spots off of her seed place and finished 16th in the 200-yard freestyle. Lee's best time of the year was 2:10.91, and she swam a 2:04.55 to get into the finals and then a 2:05.93 in the finals. The final member of the point-scoring trio was Shannon Brown (So., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS), who placed 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Brown swam a 1:13.51 in the preliminaries and then 1:14.06 in the finals. Her time in the preliminary heat was almost two seconds faster than her best time this year.
The two relay teams picked up the other points for Concordia. The 800-yard freestyle relay team finished seventh in a time of 8:26.56, and the 200-yard medley relay team finished eighth with a time of 2:01.59.
Concordia will finish off the championship meet tomorrow by swimming in the preliminaries at 10:30am and the finals at 7:00pm.
2/12 Cobbers Cling to Seventh Place
After Day 1 of MIAC Championship Meet.
(Minneapolis, Minn.)-- After the first day of competition at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet, Concordia finds itself clinging to seventh place in the team competition. The Cobbers are two points ahead of Hamline, and 10 points behind St. Thomas for sixth place.
The two highlights of the opening day for Concordia were the record-breaking performances of Angela Renner (Fr., Mandan, N.Dak.), and the 200-yard freestyle relay team. Renner made her mark in the 50-yard freestyle. She swam a 25.93 in the preliminary round to shatter the old school mark set by Lindsay Bailey in 1998. Renner becomes the first Cobber swimmer to swim under 26 seconds for the event.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Renner, Megan Johnson (Jr., South St. Paul, Minn.), Shannon Brown (So., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS) and Katie Lee (Fr., South St. Paul, Minn.) swam a 1:43.66, which was good for sixth place and broke the school record set last year by over one second.
Emily Hall (Jr., Minot, N.Dak.) started her quest to become the conference's repeat winner of Diver of the Year by finishing third in the 3-meter diving competition. Hall started slowly, and was only in seventh place heading into the finals but made up ground on the pack and finished in the third spot with 198.3 points. Last year she won the event, and then finished second in the 1-meter competition.
The only other event that garnered points for Concordia was the 400-yard medley relay. The relay team of Renner, Brown, Johnson and Tina Mackedanz (Sr., Hutchinson HS) finished in eighth place with a time of 4:24.45.
Other first day notables for the Cobbers included the 500-yard freestyle tandem of Jana Hemstad (So., Milaca, Minn.) and Kirsten Borchardt (Jr., Hutchinson, Kan.), who both shaved over 12 seconds off their season-best times. Hemstad swam a 5:35.87 and Borchardt finished in 5:36.82 to miss out on the finals by only four places. Elizabeth Stuker (So., Chinook, Mont.) set a personal record in the 200-yard individual medley by swimming a 2:26.92.
The team will continue to compete at the MIAC Championship Meet on Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
2/10 MIAC Championship Webpage Now Online!!
2/09 Psych Sheet for MIAC Championship
Meet Now Online.
1/24 Cobbers Sprint to Second Place
at the St. Kate's Invitational.
1/23 Cobbers Stumble Out of the Blocks,
Lose to Hamline 162-76.
1/17 Cobbers Open 2004 With Strong Victory
Over St. Thomas.
The Cobbers won both relay events and junior diver Emily Hall (Minot, N.Dak.,Minot HS) returned to the team, after spending the first semester studying in New Zealand, and dominated the competition in the 1-meter diving event. Hall was named the MIAC Diver of the Year at last year's conference championship meet.
Megan Johnson (Jr., South St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul HS) and Angela Renner (Fr., Mandan, N.Dak./Mandan HS) were the other individual event winners for Concordia. Johnson won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and Renner was victorious in the 50-yard freestyle. Johnson had season-best times in both events. She swam a 2:09.51 in the 200-yard freestyle and 1:05.83 in the 100-yard butterfly. Both times were two seconds faster than her best times of 2003.
Cobber sophomore Allison Lowe (Dent, Minn./Perham HS) finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 2:12.96. That time was seven seconds faster than her previous season-best time this year. Kirsten Borchardt (Jr., Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson HS) recorded season-best times in both of her events. She finished second in both the 1000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Her time of 11:57.14 in the 1000-yard freestyle was 11 seconds faster that her best time of the year, and her mark of 5:50.80 in the 500-yard freestyle was three seconds faster than her season-best time in 2003-04.
Concordia will continue their drive towards the MIAC championship meet when they take part in a dual meet at Hamline on Friday, January 23 at 6:00pm. The Cobbers will compete their St. Paul weekend by competing at the St. Kate's Invitational on Saturday, January 24 at 8:30am.
12/12 Cobbers Break Two Pool Records
But Get Sunk By MSU-Moorhead.
12/06 Cobbers Continue to Improve; Finish
Third at St. Mary's Invitational.
Senior Jenny Berg (Plymouth, Minn./Armstrong HS) led the balanced Cobber team. Berg finished in the top five in all three of her individual events. She finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, fifth in the 200-yard backstroke and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley.
Concordia continues to improve on their season times. The team posted 22 season-best marks and two swimmers achieved career-best times. Allison Lowe (So., Dent, Minn./Perham HS) set a personal record (PR) in the 100-yard freestyle by swimming a 1:00.77. Teammate Angela Renner (Fr., Mandan, N.Dak./Mandan HS) swam a 1:21.76 in the 100-yard breaststroke to break her career-best time.
Of the 22 season-best times, three swimmers put up three different season-best times. Lowe, Tina Mackedanz (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn./Hutchinson HS), and Kirsten Borchardt (Jr., Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson HS) each set season-best marks. Mackedanz also teamed with Renner, Berg and Shannon Brown (So., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS) to achieve a season-best time in the medley relay.
Another highlight for the Concordia swimming and diving team was the emergence of Annie Cullen (So., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) as a collegiate diver. Competing in just her first meet as a diver, Cullen finished seventh in the 1-meter diving competition. Her final total of 157.0 points was only 10 points behind teammate Jennifer Ofsdahl (So., San Antonio, Tex./Booker T. Washington HS) who finished fifth.
Concordia will compete against cross-town rival MSU-Moorhead in the annual Cobber-Dragon dual meet on Friday, December 12 at 6:00pm at MSU-Moorhead. The Cobbers will then take an extended break over the holiday season before returning to the pool to host St. Thomas in a dual meet on Saturday, January 17 at 1:00pm.
11/22 Cobbers Finish Fifth at SDSU Invitational.
11/21 MIAC Swimming and Diving Preview
for 2003-04 is Now Online.
11/15 Cobbers Lose Close Meet to Macalester
11/14 Cobbers Can't Keep Pace with Blazers,
Lose to St. Ben's 140-51.
11/10 Concordia Swimming and Diving Preview for 2003-04.
The 2003-04 Concordia swimming and diving team will be an exercise in growth and progress. Head Coach Julie Lucier will have to mold her relatively inexperienced team into a unit that can score points in many events - if the Cobbers are going to have success in the coming season. Lost to graduation are the sure-point tandem of Elizabeth Dougherty and diver Andrea Ross, in their place are a group of unproven, yet potentially successful, swimmers.
Leading the way for the Cobbers in 2003-04 will be senior Jenny Berg (Plymouth, Minn./Armstrong HS), juniors Kirsten Borchardt (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson HS) and Megan Johnson (South St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul HS) and sophomore Shannon Brown (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS). Berg will be the anchor of many of the teamís relay entries, and returns as the teamís top individual medley swimmer. Borchardt will be the teamís leading distance swimmer. She finished eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle as a first-year swimmer in 2001-02 and slipped to14th place last year. Johnson showed great improvement over the course of the 2002-03 season in the butterfly events and finished the year by knocking on the door of the top ten in the conference in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly competitions. Shannon Brown capped her first year at Concordia by finishing 11th in the conference in the 100-yard breaststroke and 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The biggest reconstruction project for Lucier in 2003-04 will fall on the shoulders of her diving coach Pat Anderson. Anderson turned the Cobber diving corps into the elite force in the MIAC in 2002-03. He tutored the conferenceís Diver of the Year in Emily Hall and a NCAA participant in Andrea Ross. Both Divers finished in the top four in the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the conference meet last year, with Hall capturing the title in the 3-meter competition. The pair combined for 68 of the teamís 219 points at the MIAC championship meet. Ross graduated in the spring and Hall is studying abroad during the first semester of 2003-04.
The team will be buoyed by the infusion of seven newcomers to the squad. Lucier will be looking to slowly bring that group along, and have them peak by the time the conference meet shows up in February. If the veterans can pull together and continue their competitive progression throughout the season, then the Cobbers could be looking at their first top five MIAC finish in the history of the program.
11/01 Cobbers Open Season at St. Thomas
4/14 Cobber Swimming Schedule for 2003-04
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