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UNI Swim and Dive Takes Fifth at MVC Championships


This news story was published on February 23, 2020.
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COLUMBIA, Missouri – The MVC Swimming and Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday night. UNI finished in fifth place with a score of 445.

Katie Taylor claimed first in the 200 back with a time of 1:56.72, becoming a three time champion in that event. Moriah Ross got second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.23, while Mia Savicevic took fourth with a time of 2:17.33.

Kylie Engstrom took sixth in the 1650 free (17:11.14), Anna Penning got eighth in the 3 meter dive (205.20), and the 400 free relay placed fifth (3:27.69).

Other top finishes for the Panthers in the MVC Championships include a title for Ross in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.12. Ross also took second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.12. Taylor had a couple of second place finishes in the 100 back (54.08), and the 200 IM (2:01.47).

The 800 free relay (7:26.59) claimed second place, while the 200 medley relay (1:41.94), and the 400 medley relay (3:44.91) both got third.

UNI got fifth in team scoring with 445 points behind Missouri State (826.50), Southern Illinois (603), Indiana State (539.50), and Illinois State (454). Following the Panthers was Evansville (272), Little Rock (216), and Valparaiso (127).

Taylor and Ross were named to the All-Conference First Team List. All-Conference Honorable Mention includes Engstrom, Helena Heuberger, Jordan McCullough, Penning, Savicevic, Sydney Schmidt, and Sarah Walpole. Schmidt was also named Freshman Diver of the Year.

All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Kylie Engstrom
Helena Heuberger
Jordan McCullough
Anna Penning
Mia Savicevic
Sydney Schmidt
Sarah Walpole

All Conference First Team:
Moriah Ross
Katie Taylor

Freshman Diver of the Year: Anna Penning

Saturday Top-Eight Finishes:
1st: Katie Taylor – 200 back (1:56.72)
2nd: Moriah Ross – 200 breast (2:14.23)
4th: Mia Savicevic – 200 breast (2:17.33)
5th: Katie Taylor, Piper Carroll, Jordan McCullough, Moriah Ross – 400 free relay (3:27.69)
6th: Kylie Engstrom – 1650 free (17:11.14)
8th: Anna Penning – 3 meter diving (205.20)

Final Team Scores:
Missouri State – 826.50
Southern Illinois – 603
Indiana State – 539.50
Illinois State – 454
UNI – 445
Evansville – 272
Little Rock – 216
Valparaiso – 127

All Top-Eight Finishes:
1st: Katie Taylor – 200 back (1:56.72)
1st: Moriah Ross – 100 breast (1:02.12)
2nd: Katie Taylor – 100 back (54.08)
2nd: Moriah Ross – 200 breast (2:14.23)
2nd: Katie Taylor – 200 IM (2:01.47)
2nd: Katie Taylor, Kylie Engstrom, Sarah Walpole, Jordan McCullough – 800 free relay (7:26.59)
3rd: Katie Taylor, Moriah Ross, Lauren Havertape, Sydney Schmidt – 200 medley relay (1:41.94)
3rd: Katie Taylor, Moriah Ross, Sydney Schmidt, Ashleigh Houlette – 400 medley relay (3:44.91)
4th: Mia Savicevic – 200 breast (2:17.33)
5th: Mia Savicevic – 100 breast (1:03.16)
5th: Sydney Schmidt, Lauren Havertape, Ashleigh Houlette, Moriah Ross – 200 free relay (1:34.70)
5th: Moriah Ross – 200 IM (2:02.99)
5th: Katie Taylor, Piper Carroll, Jordan McCullough, Moriah Ross – 400 free relay (3:27.69)
6th: Sydney Schmidt – 100 fly (55.96)
6th: Kylie Engstrom – 200 free (1:52.23)
6th: Kylie Engstrom – 1650 free (17:11.14)
6th: Kylie Engstrom – 500 free (4:58.28)
6th (tie): Helena Heuberger – 100 back (55.79)
8th: Anna Penning – 3 meter diving (205.20)

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