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Dugger ends a stellar diving career

Minnesota State University Moorhead senior divers Shayna Dugger and Kelsey Jandro wrapped up their careers at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday in Geneva, Ohio.

The two Dragons competed in the one-meter diving preliminaries on Friday. Jandro was 18th at 391.05, while Dugger was 21st at 383.95.

Earlier in the week, Jandro was sixth in the one-meter diving at the pre-qualifying meet, which was the highest finish ever for a Dragon diver at the national meet.

Detroit Lakes’ native Dugger placed 15th in the three-meter diving on Wednesday to earn All-American consideration and score two team points for MSUM.

Both Dragons had stellar senior seasons to wrap up successful four-year careers at MSUM.

Another highlight, besides reaching the national meet, was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet in February. 

Jandro won the one-meter diving at 433.90 to become MSUM’s first NSIC individual diving champion, with Dugger taking second at 404.40. 

The two each finished with All-NSIC honors, after recording top three finishes in the three-meter diving as well.

Jandro was named the NSIC Diver of the Year while John Schmidt was named the NSIC Diving Coach of the Year.

“My goal as a coach is for each athlete to reach their goals by the end of their career. Shayna Dugger and Kelsey Jandro wanted to finish on top at the conference meet and make it past the pre-qualifying round at the national meet.” 

“This year they accomplished both of those goals and I couldn’t be more proud,” MSUM head coach Todd Peters said. “Seeing Jandro and Dugger on the top of the podium at the NSIC meet was so amazing.  They also set multiple diving records over the course of their careers and earned many conference diver of the week awards.”

Jandro finished sixth on one-meter on Tuesday. 

“On that day she was the sixth-best diver in the country,” Peters said.  “They are the only two divers in the history of our program to dive four straight years, which might be their greatest accomplishment.

“They have made such a huge impact on our program and they will both be missed greatly.”

(Article by MSUM Sports Information website.)