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The Nebraska-Kearney Aqualopers closed out the 2013 season by scoring 498.50 points to place eighth at the 2013 NSIC Championships this past weekend in Rochester, Minn.
St. Cloud State won (1,724.50 points) won with Truman State a close second (1,514.50).
Fifteen different UNK swimmers scored at least one point in an individual event and the team racked up 16 top 10 school swims.
Oklahoma sophomore Shelby Laramore (30) and Omaha freshman Brianna Monter (26) combined to score 56 points as they each placed in the top 24 in three different events. Five others scored in double digits as well.
That included sophomore Michelle Reutter (Worland, Wyo.) who broke a 14-year old school record in the 200 free. She did it twice, swimming a 2:00.16 in the prelims and a 2:00.03 in the finals, good for a 19th place finish. The previous school record of 2:00.33 was done by April Vaverka in February 1999.
Reutter also got close to the 100 free record (54.39) as she swam a 54.85 to place 20th in the finals. That time ranks third best in school history.
Laramore placed in the top 21 in all three distance free events; 500 (5:21.53), 1,000 (10:57.95) and 1,650 (18:40.49). Her time in the 500 is the second best in Loper lore.
Next, Monter (Omaha North H.S.) was a part of UNK’s best event, the 100 breaststroke. Leading a pack of six Aqualopers in the top 21, she turned in a 1:09.90 to have the highest place (10th) by a Kearney swimmer in the meet.
Monter also had top efforts in the 200 breast (20th/2:34.67) and 200 individual medley (21st/2:18.01.) Both times crack the UNK all-time top five.
Finally, in relays, UNK’s best event was the 200 free where junior Cassie Bonds (Wichita, Kans.), sophomore Rebecca Tidwell (Emporia, Kans.) and freshmen Alex Prochaska (Ralston) and Skylar Tatreau (Tekamah) placed sixth with a 1:41.53.