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Florand wins one-meter dive as more records fall

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/21/2014 20:48:13
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- South Dakota State saw two more records fall in the third day of the Summit League Conference Championships at IUPUI's Natatorium as Nicole Grimit broke the 200 free record, twice, and Andee Budahl broke the 400 IM mark.

On the one-meter board, Connor Florand broke the Summit League record in his championship performance with a score of 326.75. Florand now owns both conference diving records as he set the three-meter mark in yesterday's prelims. His title is also the first-ever diving championship for the Jacks.

"We had a great team effort," head coach Brad Erickson said. "We had a good morning session, which allowed us to get points at night. But the hightlight of the day was definitely Connor winning the one-meter dive. That's a first for us." 

Today's pair of school records brings the Jackrabbit total to eight for the Championships.

The Jackrabbit women are in second place with 365 points, while the men, who have 389 points, sit in third through 27 events

Grimit initially broke the 200 free mark in the morning session, before besting her previous time in the finals. Grimit's time of 1:51.14 was good for second place.

Budahl's time of 4:27.18 also placed her on the podium, as the senior took third place.

In the 100 fly, Kaylin Caron and Devonne Dalin finished back-to-back, as the duo placed fourth and fifth, respectively with times of 56.70 and 57.08.

Josh DeDina recorded a sixth-place performance in the 400 IM with a time of 4:03.45. Julia Bodnaruk placed eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.14, while Blake Yeager placed seventh with a time of 1:41.40 in the same event.

In the 100 breaststroke, the Jacks placed third and eighth as Emily Campbell and Kayce Smith touched in 1:05.65 and 1:10.37, respectively.

Hadlie Overhue and Samantha Prasher finished in 58.36 and 58.71, good for seventh and eighth in the 100 backstroke. On the men's side, Phil Albu's time of 51.37 was a season best and placed him seventh.

Also on the boards, Clark Kocourek placed fifth with a score of 302.95 and Noah Batenhorst took sixth with a mark of 267.05.

In the final event of the day, the Jacks' women placed third in 400 medley relay with a time of 3:51.02.

Tomorrow's action kicks off at 11 a.m. with the 200 backstroke prelims. On the boards, it will be the women's three meter.

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