Swimming swept by Loras in conference dual


by Brock Borgeson, @brockborgeson

INDIANOLA, Iowa – Loras won 20 of 26 events as the Simpson men’s and women’s swimming and dive squads were swept by the Duhawks at the Indianola YMCA on Friday night. 

Women’s Results: L – Loras 130, Simpson 95 

The Storm women won three events but it wasn’t enough to top the Duhawks (4-5) on Friday in Simpson’s second conference loss in as many matches.

Simpson (1-2, 0-2 IIAC) took the night’s first event, a 400-yard medley relay won by the team of Megan Buitendorp, Mikala Williams-Yee, Emma Schlenker and Haley Blum with a time of 4:33.12. 

14 events later, senior sprinter Tori Haag broke the drought for the Storm women, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 59.10, .33 seconds faster than her time last weekend.

Blum won her second race of the day in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:42.24, an event she didn’t compete in last week.

Men’s Results: L – Loras 117, Simpson 93 

The men matched the women by winning three individual races, led by Dylan Gray and James Tillison who were apart of two of those wins.

After winning the 50-yard freestyle last week, Gray won the 100-yard version this week, finishing in 51.27, 1.27 seconds faster than Loras’ David Hayes.

Tillison won by photo-finish in the 500-yard freestyle, completing the race in 5:33.70, only .05 seconds faster than Danny Cepeda of Loras (3-5).

Simpson (1-2, 0-2 IIAC) bookended the night with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but it wasn’t enough to erase the team deficit. Gray, Scott Wailes, Tillison and Nicholas Collison teamed up to finish in 3:38.16 in the two-team race.


Freshman Naomi Olsgaard competed in the 1-meter dive, but was beat out by 115.6 points. 

In men’s diving, JJ Hansen set records in the 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive but placed second in both events to Loras John Maevski 

Hansen’s Diving Results:

1-meter: 205.95 (1st place, Maevski: 299.55)

3-meter: 217.50 (1st place, Maevski: 288.85) 

Coming up:

Simpson is off for Thanksgiving weekend but they’ll head to Grinnell for the Pioneer Classic from Dec. 4-5.

The next home meet for Simpson will be the last one when they host Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m.