A Case Of Close Calls At MSU Moorhead
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/21/23)---It was a case of close calls for the Cobbers in their dual meet at MSU Moorhead. Concordia had several exciting close finishes with the Dragons, but lost 122-88.
The 34-point difference is the closest have the Cobbers have been against MSU Moorhead since the 2002-03 season when Concordia beat the Dragons 165-125.
The Cobbers were paced by event winners Hailey Jaeger and Kiernan Darling. Jaeger claimed the victory in the 50-yard freestyle, while Darling won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions.
Jaeger's win in the 50 free was one of several close races on the day. She won by .25 of a second with a time of 25.98. That time is a season best for Jaeger and is at a similar spot where she was last season when she broke the school record in the event at the MIAC Championship Meet.
Jaeger also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle after touching the wall in a season-best time of 56.77. She was touched out for first place by only .80 of a second.
Darling continues to give Concordia vital team points by continuing to push her season-best scores in both diving events. Darling won the 1-meter competition with a score of 188.20 which was less than .50 of point ahead of the second-place finisher.
Darling then put up a season-best score in the 3-meter event with a mark of 190.50. It was the second time she has gone through a 6-dive list in the 3-meter.
The Cobbers also had two other swimmers who recorded a trio of second-place finishes. Kaitlin Cramer was runner-up in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, while freshman Haley Juetten was second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Cramer swam a 2:16.91 in the 200-yard freestyle, and then posted a season-best mark of 5:59.91in the 500-yard freestyle.
Juetten clocked a 1:20.52 in the 100-yard breaststroke which is a season best.
Freshman Christina Moore came up with her best meet of the year by posting a pair of third-place finishes. Moore was third in the 100-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 1:14.55. She finished the meet by being the top Cobber finisher in the 100-yard backstroke. She clocked a 1:13.19 which was .29 of a second faster than teammate Camille Gunderson.
UP NEXT: Concordia will have a series of home and away dual meets next weekend. The Cobbers will host Jamestown and the Univ. of Mary in a double dual on Friday, Jan. 27 at 4:30 p.m. CC will then head to Morris to compete against Minn.-Morris on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.