MSUM Swimming and Diving to Host Dragon-Cobber Invite at New Hulbert Aquatic Center

The Minnesota State University Moorhead swimming and diving team will co-host the Dragon-Cobber Invite this weekend at the Hulbert Aquatic Center in West Fargo. The two-day event will start with prelims on Friday at 11 a.m. and will resume the next day at 10 a.m.

Finals will be at 6 p.m. both days.

“We are beyond excited to be hosting our meet this weekend in the brand new West Fargo Hulbert Aquatic Center,” MSUM head coach Todd Peters said. “This will be the first meet in the $21.5 million-dollar facility which is the new home for the 2016 US Olympic Trials pool. This pool was built with the intention to eventually host national meets. We’ve had a few practices at the pool and the swimmers say they already feel fast in it. The divers love the concrete standards for all six springboards. We are hosting this invite and another invite in January as we lead up to hosting the conference championships in February. We are looking forward to having a home pool advantage. This weekend we expect to break multiple pool records and achieve NCAA National consideration times.”

In addition to MSUM, teams competing at the event include U-Mary, Augustana, Concordia College and Minnesota Morris.

MSUM is led by junior Taylor Beynon who has 189.75 points scored and 12 wins this season. Sophomore Breah Anderson is second on the team at 162.75 and 10 wins this season. Senior Erin Sullivan has seven wins and 157.75 points, while sophomore Leticia Rodovalho has 105.75 points and five wins.

Last Time Out
The Dragons last competed on Nov. 11 at the St. Thomas Invite. There the Dragons finished in fourth place with 604.5 points. Junior Taylor Beynon led the way for the Dragons with a win in the 400 IM (4:37.78) and the 200 breaststroke (2:25.92). She also finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.09). The Dragons also had their relay teams perform well, as the 400 medley ‘A’ team consisting of senior Erin Sullivan, Beynon, sophomore Leticia Rodovalho and sophomore Breah Anderson took second with a time of 3:59.52. The Dragons’ 400 free ‘A’ relay, consisting of Sullivan, Anderson, junior Linnea Johnson, and sophomore Haley Roed finished third with a time of 3:38.94.

NSIC Rankings (Top 8)
50 Free – 1. Breah Anderson – 24.13; 5. Erin Sullivan – 24.56
100 Free – T-5. Erin Sullivan 54.16
50 Back – 3. Erin Sullivan – 27.75
100 Back – 1. Erin Sullivan – 57.65
200 Back – 3. Erin Sullivan 2:10.09
100 Breast – 1. Taylor Beynon – 1:07.58; 8. Erin Fons – 1:09.42
200 Breast – 1. Taylor Beynon – 2:25.92; 8. Erin Fons – 2:32.32
100 Fly – 7. Erin Sullivan – 59.48
200 Fly – 2. Leticia Rodovalho – 2:12.14
200 IM – 1. Taylor Beynon – 2:10.33
400 IM – 1. Taylor Beynon – 4:37.76
200 Free Relay – 3. 1:38.26
400 Free Relay – 2. 3:38.94
800 Free Relay – 6. 8:14.26
200 Medley Relay – 4. 1:50.50
400 Medley Relay – 2. 3:59.52

National Rankings (Top 30)
100 Back – 27. Erin Sullivan – 57.65

Looking Ahead
The next competition for the Dragons will be their Winter Training Trip in Tampa, Fla. That will be from Dec. 30 through Jan. 6. Their next home event will be Jan. 12-13 when they host the Dragon Invite at the Hulbert Aquatic Center.

Read the article on