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Swimming - Tue, Jan. 8, 2013
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By Jennifer Simons

Ten days before Christmas, the Concordia men and women's swimming teams competed in the University of Las Vegas Winter Invitational against other NCAA schools.  After three days of competition, the #2 NAIA-ranked men finished in fourth place and the #4 NAIA-ranked women took sixth.


The first day in the water, the women placed seventh overall and the men placed fourth with a total of 143 points.  In the men's 200 yard freestyle relay, Concordia placed fifth out of sixteen teams. Representing CU was junior Lucas Spencer, senior Josh Kloppenburg, sophomore Parker Simmons, and junior Kevin Donnelly finishing with a total time of 1:25.24. 

The second day of competition the men earned the seventh and eighth spot in the 200 yard medley relay.  The seventh place team, with a total time of 1:36.55, included junior Elliot Bilsland, Kloppenburg, Spencer, and Simmons.   Following them by .59 seconds for eighth place, was juniors Gentry Gevers and Donnelly, and seniors Peter Brecht and Cody Ditsler.  Two events later, Bilsland competed in the 400 yard IM, placing seventh overall touching the wall at 4:19.66. Spencer took away sixth place in the men's 200 yard freestyle stopping the clock at 1:42.53.  The other big race for the men's team was the 100 yard breaststroke, with CU taking the sixth, seventh, and eighth place spot in the finals.  In sixth place was Kloppenburg at 53.26; in seventh place was senior Devin Grimalda at 59.35; and eighth place was Brecht at 1:00.42.  The final event of the day for the men was the 800 yard freestyle relay swam by Ditsler, Spencer, senior Matt Nellor, and junior Laszlo Perlaky finishing in seventh place at 7:13.46, beating their seed time by 23 seconds.   For the women, junior Carly Colin competed in the 400 yard IM placing seventh with a time of 4:40.  Freshman Riley Smith raced in the 200 yard freestyle placing 14th of 55competitors with a final time of 1:55.96.

The final day in the UNLV pool the first event was the women's 1650 yard freestyle.  Colin finished in the ninth spot out of twenty-two athletes with a total time of 18:07.11. The women later had a big fifth and sixth place finish in the 200 yard butterfly.  Freshman Mikala Nelson touched the wall fifth with a time of 2:10.85 followed very closely by teammate senior Valerie Thorp with a time of 2:13.27.  These top finishes for the women bumped them up for the standing of seventh place to finish in sixth out of all the schools.  The men also had a strong final day in the pool starting off with Nellor in the 1650 yard freestyle, finishing eighth with a time of 16:46.00.  Grimalda finished seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.25 followed by Kloppenburg in ninth and junior Patrick Sonsteng in tenth.  The CU men also placed sixth and seventh in the 200 yard butterfly swam by Bisland and Perlaky.  Bisland touched the wall at 1:55.70 trailed by Perlaky at 1:59.57.  The final event for the men was the 400 yard freestyle relay swam by Spencer, Simmons, Donnelly, and Ditsler finishing in the sixth slot with a time of 3:09.03.  At the end of the long three days the men took away the fourth place finish with a total of 467 points.

The Eagles are back in action on January 12 against Fresno Pacific and California Baptist at California Baptist in Riverside, CA.


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