Jacks end successful Summit League Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, IND - A historic swim, a runner-up finish and a coach of the year award put a fitting cap on a successful 2011 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships for South Dakota State.
Alexandra Hoffman finished off the final meet of her career in grand fashion by placing second with a school record 200 backstroke of 2 minutes, 3.87 seconds breaking her own mark set during the 2008 Championships. She ends her career with 53 career wins and eight school records.
Freshman Kaylin Caron set a school record of her own with a time of 52.70 sec. in the 100 freestyle after helping set a pair of relay records the previous two days.
Hoffman and Caron teamed with Shauna Foor and Ashley Valdez to set the sixth SDSU women's record of the Championships with a 400 freestyle relay finish of 3:32.07.
The Jacks finished second behind Oakland with 625.5 points, which was good enough to earn SDSU's Brad Erickson Summit League Women's Coach of the Year.
The men also finished strong with the freshmen duo of Chris Schreier and Phil Albu stealing the show again.
Schreier broke his own record in winning the 200 butterfly in 1:49.06 to become the first Jackrabbit on the men's side to win a conference event since Benji Erickson at the 2001 NCC Championships. It was the Indiana natives 21st win on the season as he set at least one record each of the four days with six total.
Albu broke a 10 year-old 200 backstroke record set by Erickson clocking in at 1:50.52.
Both freshmen, along with John Bisson and Kyle Ochsner, ended the night setting a new SDSU record in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:07.85.
The men, while setting 11 school records over four days, improved one spot on the final day to finish third with 504 points.
Women's Final Team Rankings
1. Oakland - 1060
2. South Dakota State - 625.5
3. South Dakota - 536
4. Centenary - 360
5. Eastern Illinois - 282
6. IUPUI - 281.5
7. Western Illinois - 190
Men's Final Team Rankings
1. Oakland - 998
2. Centenary - 539
3. South Dakota State - 504
4. Eastern Illinois - 498
5. South Dakota - 301
6. IUPUI - 258
7. Western Illinois - 200