Queen Of The Individual Medley

Freshman Amy Warren is the new queen of the individual medley as she broke the school record in both the 200-yard and 400-yard events. (Photo courtesy of the Forum and photographer Dave Samson)
Freshman Amy Warren is the new queen of the individual medley as she broke the school record in both the 200-yard and 400-yard events. (Photo courtesy of the Forum and photographer Dave Samson)

WEST FARGO, N.D. (12/02/17)---There is a new queen of the individual medley at Concordia. And her name is Amy Warren. Warren broke the school record in both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley at the Cobber/Dragon Invite held at the brand new Hulbert Aquatic Center.

Warren broke the 200-yard individual medley record which had been on the books since 2001. She then bettered the 400-yard individual medley mark which was set in 2009.

Warren nearly missed setting the record in the 200-yard individual medley in Friday's preliminary heat as she clocked a 2:18.21 which was .01 of a second off the record of 2:18.20 set by Hall of Fame swimmer Shana Letnes. Warren made sure the record wouldn't stand until the 2018 calendar year when she sprinted to a 2:18.03 to break the old school mark by .17 of a second.

Warren's time in the "B" final in the meet earned her a 10th-place finish. She also had a 10th-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley where she broke the school record of 4:55.80 set by Shana Fossum in the prelims with a time of 4:54.06. Warren then clocked a 4:58.52 in the finals to earn her second Top 10 finish.

Warren also finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke as she earned three of the team's 11 Top 15 finishes at the meet that featured a trio of NCAA Division II schools.

Warren moved into the Top 10 in the MIAC in both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys. Her time of 2:18.03 in the 200-yard individual medley is currently the sixth fastest in the conference and her mark of 4:54.06 in the 400-yard individual medley is the fifth best in the MIAC this season.

Lauren Arnold had the highest finish of any Cobber at the two-day event in West Fargo. Arnold swam a 1:08.16 in the consolation final of the 100-yard individual medley and placed eighth in the event. Her finishing time is the seventh fastest in the MIAC this year.

Arnold also recorded a Top 15 finish in the 100-yard backstroke when she touched the wall in 1:06.25. Her time is a season-best mark by over five seconds and is in the Top 30 on the conference this year.

Teammate Alaina Dehnke also placed in the Top 15 in the 100-yard backstroke and then put up a Top 10 finish in the 200-yard backstroke later in the meet.

Dehnke swam a season-best 1:06.00 in the 100-yard backstroke and placed 13th in the event. She finished 10th in her favored 200-yard backstroke. She clocked a 2:19.49 in the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke and placed 10th. Her time is also a season best and No.13 on the MIAC best list this season.

Like Warren, freshman Anna Backes also had a trio of Top 15 finishes at the meet. Her highest place came in the 50-yard freestyle where she came home in 13th-place. Backes posted a time of 26.37 which was a season best and won the "C" final. It is also in the Top 30 of the MIAC this year.

Backes also had a Top 15 finish in the 100-yard freestyle. She came home in 57.86 which was second in the "C" final and 14th overall in the event.

Backes' final Top 15 finish came in the 200-yard freestyle. She recorded a time of 2:06.64 in the finals which is a season best by six seconds and in the Top 30 of the MIAC.

The other two Top 15 marks at the meet were collected by junior Ciara White and freshman Allison Marcus. White touched the wall in 1:14.04 in the 100-yard breaststroke which was good for 10th place. Her time was just off her mark in the prelims when she swam a 1:13.36.

Marcus recorded a season-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke and finished in 10th place in the event. She swam a 2:49.28 in the prelims to qualify for the consolation final and then came home in 2:49.12 in the finals to finish in the No.10 spot. Her finals time is a season best and in the Top 30 of the MIAC.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will have an extended training period before heading west to Arizona over the Christmas holiday to compete in the Cactus Invite in Mesa, Ariz. on Jan. 6.