Wolves Tally Three Records and Two Top Ten Finishes in Final Days of NSISC Championships
FEBRUARY 21st The Northern State University swim team finished out four days of the NSISC Championships in Cleveland, MS, with three more school records and two top ten finishes. Northern opened competition with the 800 free relay team of Katelyn Rhodes (So.), Mikaela Waiflein (Sr.), Brianna Iverson (Jr.), and Kayla Sproles (Fr.) finishing at 8:01.53 in eighth. The second relay of night one, the 200 medley, brought home an eighth place mark from Megan Hanson (So.), Eliza Jacob (So.), Kamie Wagar (So.), and Amy Wockenfuss (So.). The ‘B’ relay of Jamie Fuse (Fr.), Waiflein, Rhodes, and Iverson finished eight places later in 16th overall. At the close of day one, Waiflein was the top finisher for the Wolves in the 1,000 free, knocking nearly a minute off her seed time, with an 11:08.22 finish. Waiflein’s season best notched a 17th place finish. Iverson also recorded a season best in the event with 21st place. Rhodes and Waiflein opened day two of the finals with the 500 free race. Rhodes finished 14th with a time of 5:17.50 and Waiflein took 16th with a time of 5:28.88. Sproles was next up, taking 14th in the 50 free. Sproles added a school record for the Wolves with teammates Wagar, Fuse and Wockenfuss in the 200 free relay. The squad hit the way at 1:39.58, surpassing the previous record by over two seconds. Jacob grabbed the Wolves second school record of the day in a 50 breaststroke time trial, with a time of 30.95. She broke Christine Retzlaff’s previous record of 32.16. Sproles also notched an impressive time trial run in the 100 back at 59.77, marking her as the first NSU swimmer to break the minute mark this season. Sproles, Hanson, Wockenfuss, and Shannon Fines (Fr.) recorded season best splits in the 800 free relay, while Hanson, Jacob, Wagar, Fuse, Waiflein, and Rhodes notched season bests in the 200 medley relay.
At the close of day two, Fines and Hanson each raced to personal records in the 200 individual medley exhibition, while Jacob notched a personal best in the race, earning a second alternate. In the 50 free, Wockenfuss recorded a personal best, and Samantha Bahr (Jr.) a season best. To begin the third day of competition, Jacob and Fuse grabbed a school record each. Jacob recorded a personal best by two seconds, while breaking the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.94. Fuse broke both the school and freshmen record in the 50 fly, at 26.31. Sproles re-broke her own personal and school record in the 200 free, which she set in December 2014. Her time of 1:56.45 garnered an 11th place finish in the event finals. The 400 medley relay team of Fuse, Jacob, Rhodes, and Sproles raced to a fifth place standing with a time of 4:05.91. The Northern Wolves ‘B’ relay squad of Hanson, Fines, Wagar and Iverson took 14th in the 400 medley relay event. Rhodes was the first and only NSU swimmer to reach the award stand in the final day of competition, taking a fifth place mark in the 200 fly. Rhodes’ time of 2:10.45 dropped one second from her prelim mark earlier in the day. Hanson dropped a total of eight seconds from her previous personal best in the 200 back with a time of 2:15.20. Fuse was just behind Hanson in 22nd.
The Northern 400 freestyle ‘A’ relay of Sproles, Fuse, Jacob, and Rhodes placed 12th. Waiflein finished 14th overall in the 1650 free, dropping nearly 12 seconds off her seed time at 18:38.41. Sproles took 13th in the 100 free with a time of 53.10. In day three, Hanson and Fines recorded personal records in the 400 individual medley, Bahr, Jacob, and Fines notched personal records in the 100 breaststroke, and Fuse and Hanson tallied personal records in the 100 back. In day four, Fines and Bahr recorded personal records in the 200 breaststroke, in both the prelim and final events. Fuse and Hanson tallied personal records in the 100 back. In day four, Fines and Bahr recorded personal records in the 200 breaststroke, in both the prelim and final events.
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