Dixie State women’s swimming team combined to break six more school records and post 12 top-10 all-time marks in Saturday’s final day of competition en route to a ninth-place finish at the 2018 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships at the Splash Aquatics Center.
Dixie State moved up one spot to ninth place in the 13-team field with a four-day total of 488 points. UC San Diego claimed the team title with 1,620.5 points, while Fresno Pacific outscored Cal State East Bay, 1,319-1,114, for runner-up honors.
Sophomore Hannah Hansen recorded one of the many Trailblazer highlights on Saturday as she swam an NCAA “B” qualifying time in the 200-yard breaststroke with a school-record preliminary heat time of 2:17.46. Hansen, who broke three individual school records at the meet, finished fifth overall in the event, touching the wall in 2:18.52 (No. 2 all-time at DSU), while freshman Hannah Bodkin placed eighth at 2:22.08 (No. 6 all-time at DSU).
Freshman Megan Ruppenthal collected two more school records on the day, the first coming with a ninth-place showing in the 200 backstroke at 2:06.02, while she swam the opening leg of the 400 freestyle relay in a DSU record-setting time of 53.05. Ruppenthal, along with Phebe James, Audrey Parrish and Miriam Gonzalez, posted DSU’s fifth relay top-10 finish and school record with an eighth-place 3:33.56.
Gonzalez also broke the school standard in the 100 IM in 12th place at 1:00.58, while Mycah Ellis tied the school’s 200 butterfly record with a 22nd-place time of 2:15.51. In all, Dixie State combined to break 15 school records and post 49 top-10 all-time results during the four-day meet.
Dixie State will find out on Monday, Feb. 26, if Hansen will advance to the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships, which take place March 14-17, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.