by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Morgan Lynch, University of North Dakota swimming captain from Elk River, capped a four-year career by scoring in four events at the Western Athletic Conference meet, and leaves the program with three school records.
“Swimming has been a really big part of my life,” said Lynch, who was a six-year letter winner for the Elks and has competed for a total of 11 years. “I have put in a great amount of time and effort over the years and am ready to move on to other interests in my life.”
In the four-day conference meet Feb. 26 through March 1 at San Antonio, Lynch placed seventh in the 1650 freestyle (17:06.82); sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:55.73); and 11th in the 100 backstroke (1:52.20). She led off the sixth-place 800 freestyle relay.
“I’m really happy how my season and career ended,” Lynch said, “although I will miss the racing aspect.”
Lynch, one of the captains the past two years, was named WAC Swimmer of the Week on Feb. 5 when she won the 500, took second in the 100 and third in the 200 to lead a 158-142 win over South Dakota State.
She holds UND records in the 500 freestyle (4:55.73), 1000 freestyle (10:14.19) and 1650 freestyle (17:06.82).
As a college swimmer, she beat her best high school times by three seconds in the 200, 11 seconds in the 500, 26 seconds in the 1000 and 50 seconds in the 1650.
Lynch is one of six members of her high school team swimming in college. Hailey Szews just finished her career with the Gophers. Allison Schwab was her freshman teammate at UND this year. Courtney Grunewald swims at St. Thomas, Tia Volkers and Kayla Kranitz at Minnesota-Morris, and Joleen Baker at Concordia-Moorhead.
Lynch said she will receive her degree in Managerial Finance and Accounting in May, and has a job lined up in the Twin Cities.