Grinnell swimming dominates own Pioneer Classic

Grinnell swimming dominates own Pioneer Classic

by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

GRINNELL, Iowa – Midwest Division III swimming and diving teams met at the Pioneer Classic at Grinnell College this past Friday and Saturday.

The Simpson women were led by performances from Mikala Williams-Yee, Tori Haag and Haley Blum as they finished 6th/11.

Kyle McKim and Dylan Gray had the best individual performances on the men’s side, coming in the breaststroke and freestyle races, placing the men in 8th/10.

Team Results

Women’s Results

1. Grinnell College1385                     

2. Carroll University1223.5              
3. Ripon College475                         

4. Monmouth College412                   
5. Nebraska Wesleyan University368.5        

6. Simpson College                     338
7. Knox College                        253   

8. Beloit College                      245
9. Illinois College                    241  

10. Principia College                   186
11. Luther College                      116

Men’s Team Results

1. Grinnell College                   1488   

2. Nebraska Wesleyan University        861
3. Carroll University                558.5   

4. Ripon College                      421
5. Monmouth College                  398.5   

6. Illinois College                    357
7. Beloit College                      292   

8. Simpson College                     289
9. Principia College                   209  

10. Knox College                        204


Top Simpson Women Individual Performances

Williams-Yee had the best individual performance for Simpson, finishing an impressive 6th/35 in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:13.95 in the finals.

Blum and Haag also had top 10 finishes for the women, with Haag swimming the finals of the 100-yard IM in 1:07.71 for 9th/29.

Blum posted 9th/25 finishes in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.

Top Simpson Men Individual Performances

Kyle McKim has been consistent throughout his entire career and that continued this weekend. The senior sawm the final round of the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.52 to finish 4th/37. It was the best individual performance in any race for the Storm.

He also brought his game in the 200-yard breaststroke. McKim touched the wall in the finals in 2:20.91, good for 6th/26.

Dylan Gray just missed out on the top-10 in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior swam the final heat in 22.69 for 11th/53.

A month off

It will be over a month until Simpson has a meet on their schedule. The next time they compete they’ll be in Austin, Texas on Jan. 7 as they are hosted by Austin College