SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Midland University continues to make progress in its first season of competitive swimming.

That was evident at Saturday’s Morningside Invitational. The Midland men finished fourth with 431 points while the women were seventh with 30.

“This was the best meet of the season so far,” Midland coach Ryan Bubb said. “We had a lot of season best times and we even had a couple lifetime best times. Across the board, Coach (Eric) Shanks and I saw huge amounts of improvement in technique and all the hard stroke work is beginning to pay off.”

MU presents two traveling awards for each meet. The first is a “Nope, not today” shirt for the race of the meet. The “MU” award is given to the swimmer who is basically the MVP of the meet.

Matt Ginger earned the “Nope, not today” shirt for finishing sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.64) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (23.77). Nick D’Andrea was given the MU award for a couple of season bests and and finishing second in the 400 IM (4:45.38).

In the 100 freestyle, Trent Mischo was third in 48.99 — the first time he has broken 49 seconds. He also had a three-way title for the 50 freestyle title (22.46) with the entire heat within .06 seconds.

Kaden Miller had a season-best 2:13.97 to finish fourth in the 200 backstroke. He also had a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle (ninth in 52.29).

Paige Skidmore led the MU women by placing 10th in the 500 freestyle (6:09.46) and 13th in the 50 freestyle (27.44). She now has 10 school records.

“This team is going to have a lot of momentum going into the Coe Invite in a couple of weeks,” Bubb said. “They are ready to put their noses to the grindstone for Christmas training.”

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