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Denver Men and Women Named Summit League Favorites for 2016-17

Sept. 28, 2016

ELMHURST, Ill. (DU/The Summit League) - The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving teams were both selected as the preseason favorites to claim the 2016-17 Summit League title. The Denver men earned five of six first-place votes for 25 points, while the women earned six of seven first-place votes for 36 points.

For the Pioneer men, Kyle Robrock and Alex Morgan were selected as athletes to watch, with Bailey Andison and Larissa Grammer named athletes to watch for the women.

#SummitSD Notes - MEN

The Pioneers earn the preseason honor for the fourth time in as many seasons as a member of The Summit League and are the league's three-time defending champion.

IUPUI placed second in the men's poll gathering 21 points along with one first-place vote. The Jags finished in second at last year's league championships.

#SummitSD Preseason Notes

  • Denver returns a league-high 12 all-league performers from last season, including nine individual league champions. 
  • 2015-16 Summit League Swimmer of the Year Anton Loncar returns for his junior season with the Pioneers.
  • Ray Bornman claimed two individual titles and five relay titles at last year's league championships, setting five (one individual, four relay) championship meet records in the process.
  • The Pioneer men set nine meet records at the 2015-16 Summit League Championships.
  • IUPUI returns all 11 all-league selections from last season including Diving Championship MVP, Diver of the Year and All-Summit League selection Krisztian Somhegyi
  • South Dakota State brings back six all-leaguers, headlined Wyatt Rumrill and Donovan Taylor, who each earned Swimmer of the Week selections last season.

 

 

#SummitSD Schedule Notes

  • The 2016-17 season begins Oct. 2, with Western Illinois at the Butler Invite.
  • IUPUI hosts its annual House of Champions meet Nov. 18-20.
  • The 2016-17 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Feb. 15-18, at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

2016-17 Summit League Men's Swimming & Diving Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2015-16 Finish

1.

Denver

25 (5)

1st

2.

IUPUI

21 (1)

2nd

3.

South Dakota State

15

3rd

4.

Western Illinois

12

4th

 

South Dakota

12

5th

6.

Eastern Illinois

4

6th

Athletes to Watch

Kyle Robrock, Denver - Backstroke/Freestyle/IM, RS Sr.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League Selection

- Set a new Summit League Championship Record in the 50 Free (19.53)
- Qualified for the 2016 NCAA Swimming Championships in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back

Alex Morgan, Denver - Dive, Fr.
- All-Sectional, All-Conference and State Finalist in his final three high school seasons

Brandon Robbins, Eastern Illinois - Breaststroke, Jr.
- Set a pair of EIU Records in the 100 and 200-Breast

- Earned a pair of top 10 finishes in the 100 and 200-Breast at The Summit League Championships

Jonathan Stoller, IUPUI - Breaststroke/IM, Jr.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League Selection

- Summit League Champion in the 200 Breast with a time of 1:58.61

Krisztian Somheqyi, IUPUI - Dive, So.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League Selection

- Summit League Diving Championship MVP and Diver of the Year
- Set a new 3-Meter Diving (6) Summit League Championship Record of 354.70

Jake Knowles, South Dakota - Breaststroke, So.
- Placed fourth in the 200 breast (2:01.70) at The Summit League Championships

- Was also on the 200 medley relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:31.15
- Broke a Dakota Dome pool record in the 100-meter breast with a time of 1:05.57

Issac Morris, South Dakota - Dive, Fr.
- Two-time State Champion, three-time District Champion and a three-time Metro Champion in high school

Wyatt Rumrill, South Dakota State - Breaststroke, So.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League Selection

- Placed third in the 200 breast (2:01.31) at The Summit League Championships

Joey Weber, South Dakota State - Dive, So.
- 1-meter final score at the Summit League Championships was 275.70

- 3-meter final score at the Championships was 245.15

Chris Naeveill, Western Illinois - Sprint Free/Fly, Sr.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League Selection

- Became the first WIU swimmer since 2007 to take home a championship title by winning the 100-fly in 47.40
-  Set two personal and school records in the 100-back and 100-fly at the Championships

Quetzal Gallagher, Western Illinois - Dive, So.
- Placed 11th in the 1-meter (220.20) and 15th in the 3-meter (199.30) at The 2016 Summit League Championships

Note: Athletes to Watch selected by league's head coaches

#SummitSD Notes - WOMEN

The Pioneers earn the preseason honor for the fourth time in as many seasons as a member of The Summit League and are the league's three-time defending champion.

South Dakota State placed second in the women's poll gathering 26 points along with one first-place vote. The Jackrabbits finished second at last year's league championships.

IUPUI and South Dakota followed closely in a third place tie with 24 points each.

#SummitSD Preseason Notes

  • Denver returns 10 all-league selections including 13 individual league champions from a season ago. 
  • Newcomer of the Championship and Swimmer of the Year Bailey Andison returns to DU for her sophomore season after setting an all-time Summit League and championship meet record in the 400 IM (4:08.35).
  • The Pioneer women bring back three championship meet record-holders for 2016-17 including Amanda Sanders (200 Breast), Maddie Myers (500 Free, 1,650 Free) and Andison (200 IM, 400 IM).
  • SDSU retains six all-league performers led by Kristen Erf (Breast/IM).
  • The Jaguars' roster is highlighted by all-leaguers Melissa Berger (Dive), Maranda Buha (Back/Fly) and Tori Kroon (Back/IM).
  • The Coyotes bring back six-time league champion diver and three-time Diver of the Year Greysen Hertting for her senior season.
  • Omaha possesses three all-league honorees in Cassandra Jahn (Fly/Free), Morgan Stepp (Fly/IM) and Kylie Vermeire (Free).

#SummitSD Schedule Notes

  • The 2016-17 begins Oct. 2, with Western Illinois at the Butler Invite.
  • IUPUI hosts its annual House of Champions meet Nov. 18-20.
  • The 2016-17 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Feb. 15-18, at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

2016-17 Summit League Women's Swimming & Diving Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points (1st)

2015-16 Finish

1.

Denver

36 (6)

1st

2.

South Dakota State

26 (1)

2nd

3.

IUPUI

24

4th

 

South Dakota

24

3rd 

5.

Omaha

20

5th

6.

Eastern Illinois

9

6th

7.

Western Illinois

8

7th

Athletes to Watch

Bailey Andison, Denver - Breaststroke/IM, So.
- Named an All-American at the 2016 NCAA Swimming Championships in Atlanta, Ga.

- Named the 2016 Summit League Newcomer of the Year and Swimmer of the Year
- Set a new Summit League Championship Record in the 200 IM (1:56.81) and 400 IM (4:08.35)

Larissa Grammer, Denver - Dive, Sr.
- Placed seventh in the 1-meter (216.35) and eighth in the 3-meter (205.05) at The 2016 Summit League Championships

Lauren Oostman, Eastern Illinois - Backstroke, So.
- Holds the school record in the 200-Back at 2:03.32

- Is third in the EIU record books in the 100-Back at 57.61

Olivia Treski, IUPUI - Freestyle, So.
- Logged a 16:27.89 finish in the 1650 Freestyle at the SEC Championships

- Set a personal-best in the 200 Freestyle with a 1:48.83

Melissa Berger, IUPUI - Dive, Sr.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League selection

- Catapulted to a 276.30 finish in the women's three-meter springboard diving event against Green Bay

Theresa Godlewski, South Dakota - Backstroke/Sprint, So.
- Broke two individual records at the championships and ranks first on the Coyote Top 10 in the 100- and    200-yard back with times of 57.39 and 2:01.83

- She was on the 200 medley relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:45.19 at the Summit League Championships

Greysen Hertting, South Dakota - Dive, Sr.
- Three-time Diver of the Year and Diving Championship MVP
- Made Summit League history as she became the first female diver to win three straight one and three-meter diving titles at the championships
- Set a new record in the three-meter dive and sits atop the Coyote Top 10 list with a score of 333.22

Kristen Erf, South Dakota State - Breaststroke/IM, Jr.
- 2015-16 All-Summit League selection

- Placed second in the 100 breast at The Summit League Championships
- Won the 100 Breast in five meets and the 200 breast in two meets during the 2015-16 season

Emily Moore, South Dakota State - Dive, Jr.
- 1-meter final score at the Summit League Championships was 204.50

- 3-meter final score at the Championships was 205.05

Erica Hagen, Western Illinois - Breaststroke/ Sprint Free, So.
- Her time in the 100-breast is second in school history

- Sits ninth in the school record books in the 200-breast and eighth in the 100-fly
- Set a home pool record in the 100-breast (1:07.05)

Melanie Pearson, Western Illinois - Dive, Sr.
- 2015-16 Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence

- Sits fifth in school history in the 1-meter (6 dives), second in the 1-meter (11 dives) and 10th in the 3-meter.

Note: Athletes to Watch selected by league's head coaches

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.

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