Augustana Men’s S&D Inaugural GLIAC Championships Closing
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Michigan — The Augustana men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its first GLIAC championships with three finalists on Monday. The Vikings scored 245.50 throughout the four-day event at University Center, Michigan.
“I’m really proud of our team for an outstanding championship,” Augustana head coach said Lindsie Micko noted. “We competed at a high level and I can’t wait to see this team continue to grow.”
Jackson Dirks and Aeson Akins qualified for the “B” final of the 200m backstroke. Dircks placed 14th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:54.33 while Akins placed 15th, where he swam a time of 1:54.34. In the final, Dircks would improve his time placing 13th with a time of 1:53.29. Akins swam 1:55.45 in the final to score points for the Vikings.
Mason Kauffeld qualified for his fourth GLIAC Championships final by placing 9th in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:04.89. He improved his time in the final to 2:04.15 to score important points for the Vikings.
In the 1650 freestyle, Aidan McCusker swam a personal best 16:23.76 to place ninth. Not far behind was Kaper-Mayerberg who also set a personal best in the event placing 10th in 16:24.83. Also in the event was Steven Asmus as he swam a time of 16:30.80 to place 16th.
The crowning glory of the GLIAC Championships was the 400 freestyle relay team made up of Evan BellLuis Aguilar Delgando, Pedro Borin, Lui Pinto, where they swam a time of 3:07.54. The timing is perfect for the relay squad, wrapping up the inaugural team season in 2021-22.
Augustana is now awaiting tryouts for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 9-12. Pedro Borin has several standard “B” times for AU in hopes of qualifying for the event.