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Dugger finishes up stellar diving career a MSUM

A strong third-place finish at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships and having two divers qualify for nationals highlighted the 2013-14 season for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s swimming and diving team.

MSUM’s program continued its growth under Head Coach Todd Peters, who just completed his 17th season at the helm of the Dragon squad.

“We really had a successful season overall.  Our seniors performed well and reached most of their lifetime goals,” MSUM head coach Todd Peters said. “We finished third overall at the conference meet and divers Kelsey Jandro and Detroit Lakes’ native Shayna Dugger both qualified and placed at the National meet. 

“We are excited about the future with a large group of returning athletes and another large group of incoming freshmen.”

The Dragons finished third at the NSIC Championships in February, recording 909.5 points. Jandro was named the NSIC Diver of the Year after winning the one-meter diving and placing second in the three-meter diving, earning all-conference honors in both events.

Dugger also earned two All-NSIC honors, placing second in the one-meter diving and third in the three-meter diving.

Also earning all-conference honors was senior Megan Rieland, who was third in the 50 freestyle.

Jandro and Dugger -- both seniors -- carried the momentum of the conference meet to the pre-qualifying meet in March. 

Jandro placed sixth in the one-meter diving at 248.65, which was the highest finish ever for a Dragon diver.

Including her three-meter diving score, Jandro was the 11th-best diver during the pre-qualifying meet, while Dugger was 20th to also advance.

Dugger earned All-American consideration in the three-meter diving after placing 15th in the event at the national championships.

Jackie Wood was second on the team with 361.5 points but had a team-best 15 individual wins.

Jandro was third on the team with 10 individual wins while senior Angelee Hale was fourth with eight wins.

Rieland ended her career on a strong note with 321 team points (third on the team) and a team-best nine runner-up finishes.

A total of 21 Dragons won at least one event this season, while 15 won at least two events.

MSUM also set six records on the season -- three school records and three pool records.

Bordak set a new school record in the 200 free (1:55.20), while Jandro set a new school record in the one meter dual (268.65).  MSUM’s 200 free relay, consisting of Rachel Erickson, junior Susie Kitzman, Bordak and Rieland, also set a new school record at 1:36.49.

Woods set a new school and Nemzek pool record in the 50 breaststroke (29.87) while senior Kelli Nadeau set a new pool record in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.71).

The Dragons will say goodbye to six seniors: Dugger, Laura Goll, Hale, Jandro, Nadeau and Rieland and will also lose Erickson, who was a sophomore eligibility-wise but will graduate in Dec. 2014.

(Article by MSUM Sports Information.)