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4/06 Cobbers Announce Swimming Awards
for 2002-03 Season.
3/15 Andrea Ross Finishes 17th in 3-Meter
Diving at Nationals.
3/13 Andrea Ross Finishes 17th in 1-Meter
Diving at Nationals.
2/28 Andrea Ross Officially Qualifies
for NCAA National Meet.
After provisionally qualifying earlier in the year, Ross had to wait until after the conference meet to receive the official announcement from the NCAA swimming and diving committee. This will be the first time in Ross' four-year career that she has competed at the national meet. It also marks the first time in school history that a Concordia diver has qualified for the national meet.
2/22 Cobbers Climb Two Spots & Finish
6th at MIAC Meet.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.)--- Concordia made up 24 points to overtake St. Ben's and finish in sixth place at the 2002-03 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. The Cobbers used the strength of a second and third place finish in the 1-meter diving competition to jump two spots and finish only 14 points behind fifth place St. Thomas. St. Olaf won the meet with a total team score of 764.50 points.
It is the fifth time in the seven-year history of the women's swimming and diving program that they have finished sixth at the conference meet. Concordia was seeded eighth coming into the meet and was able to finish two places ahead of their projected finish by setting five school records and posting a plethora of personal best times. The only downfall for the Cobbers was the disqualification of the 400 yard medley relay team. In a conference relay event, the last place team is assured of at least 14 points. That 14 points was the difference between Concordia and the fifth place Tommies.
Emily Hall (So., Minot, N.Dak./Minot HS), who won the 3-meter diving competition on Thursday, finished second in the 1-meter event on Saturday - only .85 points out of first place. Andrea Ross (Bend, Oreg./Amador Valley HS) finished in third place only 1.15 points behind Hall. The top three divers were separated by a mere 1.95 points, in one of the closest diving competitions in MIAC history. Hall's total of 360.55 was only 9.45 points away from provisionally qualifying her for the national meet. She had already provisionally qualified for the national meet in the 3-meter.
For her outstanding championship meet performance, Hall was named the MIAC Women's Diver of the Year. Her win in the 3-meter event, marks the first time in school history that a Concordia diver has won an event at the MIAC Championship Meet. The four, top five finishes posted by Hall and Ross amounted to 68 of the Cobbers' 219 total team points.
In the swimming competition on Saturday, Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS) finished off a tremendous senior conference meet by finishing seventh in the 1650 yard freestyle in a time of 18:23.33. For the meet, Dougherty broke three school records - one in the 400 individual medley, one as part of the 800 yard freestyle relay team and a third as part of the 400 yard freestyle relay team - finished 13th in the 500 yard freestyle, 14th in the 400 yard individual medley and seventh in the 1650. She amassed by herself, or as part of a relay, 67 total team points.
First-year swimmer Shannon Brown (Fr., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS) also found success at the meet by finishing 13th in the 200 yard breaststroke on Saturday. The top 15 performance in the 200 yard breaststroke goes along with her 11th place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke. Liz Stuker (Chinook, Mont./Chinook HS) also swam well in the 200 yard breaststroke, as she finished right behind Brown in 14th place.
Megan Johnson (So. St. Paul, Minn./So. St. Paul HS) broke her own school record in the 200 yard butterfly. She swam a 2:19.54 in the finals which placed her 12th and broke the record she set last year at the MIAC Meet.
Kaia Slevin (Fr., Roseau, Minn./Roseau HS) finished 15th in the 100 yard freestyle, with a time of 56.82. That mark is only 18/100th of a second behind the school record which was set in 2000.
The final event of the meet provided the Cobbers with one more record-breaking performance. The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Slevin, Carrie Beisel (Sr., Warroad, Minn./Warroad, HS), Dougherty and Johnson swam a 3:49.25 which placed them eighth and broke the old school record of 3:50.66 set back in 1998.
Concordia remained in eighth place after the second day of competition at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cobbers have 132 points after day two, which places them 14 points out of seventh place and 52 behind fifth place St. Thomas. Concordia had set their sights on finishing higher than sixth place which would a first in school history.
The Cobbers broke two school records in the middle day of competition, and had several swimmers record personal bests. The 800 freestyle relay team smashed the existing school mark by over eight seconds, finishing in a time of 8:17.88 - which placed them sixth in the event. Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS), Kirsten Borchardt (So., Hutchinson, Kans./Hutchinson HS) and Holly Byram (Fr., Billings, Mont./Skyview, HS) all swam personal best split times to pace the relay. Megan Johnson (So. St. Paul, Minn./So. St. Paul HS) anchored the team and finished off their record-breaking performance.
Dougherty continued her successful championship meet in the individual events as well, by finishing 14th in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 5:02.99. That mark breaks the school record set by teammate Jenny Berg (Jr., Plymouth, Minn./Armstrong HS) in last year's MIAC Championship Meet.
The best event for the Cobbers on Friday was the 100 yard breaststroke where the team placed three swimmers in the finals, and scored 11 team points. Shannon Brown (Fr., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS) finished 11th in a time of 1:13.29, Liz Stuker (Chinook, Mont./Chinook HS) was 13th with a time of 1:14.33 and Gretchen Nordstrom (Jr., St. Paul, Minn./Como Park HS) rounded out the finals group by finishing 16th in a time of 1:18.69.
Concordia will be hoping to jump into the top five when they complete the meet on Saturday, February 22. The preliminaries start at 10:30am with the finals taking place at 7:00pm.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.)--- Concordia finished the first day of the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet in eighth place with 63 team points, only 28 points behind fourth place Macalester. The Cobbers were helped by the first place finish of Emily Hall (So., Minot, N.Dak./Minot HS) in the 3-meter diving competition but hurt by the disqualification of the 400 yard medley relay team. If the Cobbers had finished last, and had not DQ'ed, in the relay - they would have been awarded 18 points. Those extra points would have pushed them into fifth place heading into day 2. The team received no points for being disqualified.
The highlight of the first day for the Cobbers was Hall's stellar performance in the diving competition. She overcame a 21-point deficit heading into the finals of the competition to win the event by six points. Her final point total of 417.45, provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA National Meet. It is also the first time that a diver from Concordia has won an event at the MIAC Championship Meet. Concordia's other diver, Andrea Ross (Bend, Oreg./Amador Valley HS), finished fourth in the event with a score of 395.65. The first/fourth place finish of the divers netted the Cobbers 35 total team points.
Besides the diving tandem, the other point-getters for Concordia were the 200 yard freestyle relay team, which finished seventh in a time of 1:44.57 and Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS) - who placed 13th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:23.07.
The relay team of Shannon Brown (Fr., Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS), Carrie Beisel (Sr., Warroad, Minn./Warroad, HS), Megan Johnson (So. St. Paul, Minn./So. St. Paul HS) and Kaia Slevin (Fr., Roseau, Minn./Roseau HS) broke the school record in the event. Their time of 1:44.57 breaks the old school record of 1:46.35, which was set back in 2000.
The team will continue the MIAC Championship Meet with seven more events on Friday, February 21. The preliminaries start at 10:30am with the finals taking place at 7:00pm.
2/20-22 Cobbers Compete at the MIAC
The Concordia women's swimming and diving team will be looking to post their highest finish in school history when it competes in this weekend's MIAC Championship Meet. No Concordia team has finished higher than sixth place in the eight-year history of the program. The Cobbers' optimism stems from their impressive dual record in 2002-03 and their top individual performances. Concordia finished the season by winning their last five dual meets and their last two invitationals. Concordia has won every event they have competed at since the beginning of December.
Individually, Concordia has also posted successful numbers. Senior diver Andrea Ross (Bend, Oreg./Amador Valley HS) broke several school, and Concordia pool, records this season and has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Meet. Two individual swimmers have led the Cobbers throughout most of the season. Megan Johnson (So. St. Paul, Minn./So. St. Paul HS) has been a multi-event winner in duals and invitationals. Johnson's times in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly, and 100 yard freestyle, are very competitive in the MIAC - and she will be looking to score points in all three events for Concordia. Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS) has been the ironwoman for the Cobbers in the distance events. She recently set the Concordia pool record in the 1650 yard freestyle, and has posted some fast times in the 500 yard freestyle.
If Concordia can continue the success they have shown since coming back from their Christmas break trip in the Bahamas, then coach Julie Lucier could be looking at the team's first MIAC "top five" finish in school history.
2/01 Cobbers Set 4 Pool Records En Route to 165-125 Victory.
1/25 Cobbers Beat St. Kate's to Capture Back-to-Back Dual Victories.
(Moorhead, Minn.)--- It was senior recognition night for Concordia, as they swam their final home meet of the 2002-03 season. The first-year, sophomore and junior Cobber swimmers made sure they gave their elders a memorable going-away present. Concordia doubled up Hamline 160-80 and won their third straight dual meet of the year.
The meet saw three pool records broken and one diver provisionally qualify for nationals. The highlight of the meet for Concordia was the 1650 freestyle as senior Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT) had her sights set on breaking the pool record held by her former teammate and fellow Bozeman, Montanan - Carrie Bunger. Dougherty not only set a new pool record but she smashed Bunger's record by almost 10 seconds. She swam a 18:51.75, becoming the first person to swim a sub 19-minute mile in the Concordia pool.
Diver Andrea Ross (Sr., Bend, Oreg.) continued to etch her name in the Cobber record book as she bested her old mark in the 1-meter dive by four points. Her old record for six rounds in the competition was 208.65 and set back in 1999. She hammered out a mark of 212.95 and provisionally qualified for the national meet.
Hamline's Alaina Eckhoff swam a 2:02.14 in the 200 yard freestyle to break the pool record of 2:03.42 held by Connie Pierre of St. Thomas.
Another highlight for the Cobbers was a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 yard breaststroke. Elizabeth Stuker (Fr., Chinook, Mont.) won the event by setting a personal best time by over three seconds. Shannon Brown (Fr., Missoula, Mont.) finished second setting a personal season-best time by six seconds, and Gretchen Nordstrom (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) completed the top trio by breaking her career-best by two seconds.
Concordia will put their three-meet winning streak on the line when they swim at St. Catherine on Saturday, January 25 at 1:00pm.
1/18 Cobbers Continue Their Winning Ways; Capture St. Kate's Invite.
Concordia continued their winning ways by capturing the championship at the St. Kate's Invitational. The Cobbers have now won the past two invitationals they have competed in and the past duals they have swam. Concordia won by a convincing 206 points over a field that included three other MIAC schools. The 206-point margin of victory marks the largest margin that the Cobbers have ever won a multiple-team invitational.
As a team, the Cobbers won five different individual events. The only multi-event winner for Concordia was Megan Johnson (So., South St. Paul, Minn.), who won the 200 yard freestyle and the 200 yard butterfly. Kaia Slevin (Fr., Roseau, Minn.) won the 100 yard freestyle and Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT) captured the 1650 yard freestyle. The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Carrie Beisel (Sr., Warroad, Minn.), Jenny Berg (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.), Dougherty and Holly Byram (Fr., Billings, Mont.) continues to be a sure point winner for Concordia as they won by almost five seconds.
Concordia will host Hamline on Friday, January 24 at 6:00pm for their annual senior recognition meet.
1/03 Cobbers Grind Out Win Over Millersville (PA) 63-40.
Concordia had several record-breaking performances on their way to a 139-98 win over cross-town rival MSU-Moorhead 139-98.
Cobber senior diver Andrea Ross (Sr., Bend, Oreg.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National meet with a school, and pool, record in the 1-meter dive. Her 10-dive total of 373.60 breaks her own record of 368.80 set in 2001. Her total also bests the 370-point mark needed to provisionally qualify for nationals. The other pool record was set by the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kaia Slevin (Fr., Roseau, Minn.), Holly Byram (Fr., Billings, Mont.), Jenny Berg (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) and Megan Johnson (So., South St. Paul, Minn.). Their time of 3:55.34 bettered the old mark set by St. Thomas in 1997 by only 37/100th of a second.
Even though each team won six events, the Cobbers pulled away from the Dragons due to their overall team strength. Concordia put three swimmers in the top five in every event and had two swimmers in the top three in seven events.
The Cobbers spurred on by a record, and boisterous, crowd also had several career-best performances. Elizabeth Stuker (Fr., Chinook, Mont.) lowered her time in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke. Baret Williams (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Allison Lowe (Fr., Dent, Minn.) turned in bests in the 200-yard butterfly. Patricia Leinen (Fr., Newcastle, Wyom.) raced to a personal best in the 200-yard backstroke, and Heather Anderson (Jr., South St. Paul, Minn.) swam a "pr" in the 500-yard freestyle.
One of the highlights of the meet was the 1000-yard freestyle where Elizabeth Dougherty (Sr., Bozeman, MT) shaved 40 seconds off her season-best and won the event by a full 17 seconds.
The Cobbers will travel south for the Christmas break. The team will spend a week of training and competition in the Bahamas. They will swim against Carthage College on January 3rd and then return home before swimming at the St. Kate's Invitational on January 18th.
12/09 Andrea Ross Named MIAC Co-Swimmer/Diver of the Week.
Concordia senior diver Andrea Ross (Bend, Oreg.) was named the MIAC Co-Swimmer/Diver of the Week for her performance at the St. Mary's Invitational on Saturday.
Ross overcame personal injury during the warm-up to win both the 1-meter (219.35 points) and 3-meter (233.20 points) diving competitions. Ross hit both of her heels on the board during the warm-up period at the meet and was unable to practice on the 3-meter board. She put the setback behind her, and narrowly missed qualifying for the national meet in the 3-meter competition.
Ross shares the award with Macalester College junior Liz Fitzgerald (Plymouth, Mich.), who won both 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions at the Lawrence Invitational.
12/07 Cobbers Cruise to St. Mary's Invitational Championship.
11/24 Cobber Divers Compete at U of Minnesota Invite.
Ross finished 39th in the 1-meter competetion with a score of 174.4. Hall was 45th with 152.25 points.
In the 3-meter competition, Hall finished 43rd with 170.20 points and Ross finished closely behind in 46th place with a 141.20 total.
11/23 Cobbers Stun Division II Foes; Finish 2nd at SDSU Invite.
11/9 Cobbers Go to the Wire with St. Thomas, Lose 60-51.
11/2 Cobbers Drop Meet at Macalester 130-107.
10/26 Cobber Open Season at St. Thomas Relays.
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