Augustana Women’s Swimming and Diving Picked Third in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll


BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Vikings have been tabbed to finish third in this year’s NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll after receiving 51 points. St. Cloud State and Minnesota State were tabbed as the preseason favorites, tying with 60 points.

The Augustana women’s swimming and diving team is coming off a groundbreaking season in which they finished third in the NSIC Championships, the best in program history. The Vikings sent a pair of swimmers to the NCAA Championships including Nesrine Jelliti who returns as a sophomore in 2022-23.

Head coach Lindsey Micko enters her seventh season at the helm of the Vikings swimming and diving program. Micko welcomes 15 newcomers to compete for the women’s team this year along with the two divers for Augustana. The Vikings return 26 swimmers and one diver this season from 2021.

A highlighted returner for the Vikings is the NSIC Swimmer to Watch for Augustana, Kamryn Robarge. Robarge, the Big Lake, Minnesota, native, was a member of the third place team at the NSIC Championship. She placed third in the 100 free swimming a NCAA ‘B’ Standard time of 51.59, earning All-NSIC honors last season. Robarge set personal-best times in the 100 fly during the Augustana Invite of 59.42 and the 500 Fly vs. Northern State of 5:25.39.

“Kamryn is coming off a breakout season,” said the head coach Lindsey Micko. “She just missed out on NCAA’s in the 50 free and was a vital part of our team placing third at the NSIC Championships.

“Her leadership will be key in helping our young team to a successful season”.

A fresh face for Augustana brings excitement to the program. Freshman Calre Duplissis has been named the NSIC Preseason Diver to Watch for Augustana entering her first year with the Vikings and her first year in collegiate athletics. The Spring Lake, Michigan, native had high marks during her high school career that will make exponential strides for the two-year old program. Duplisses placed eighth overall in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division I State Championship after scoring a 338.70 from the 1 meter for 11 dives.

“I’m very excited about our women’s team,” Micko added. “We bring back a lot of experience while bringing in a great group of freshmen. We should have great depth and be able to compete at the highest level. It should be a very fun and exciting year.”

The Vikings will begin their season the weekend of Oct. 1 where Augustana will host a tri-meet against Sioux Falls and St. Cloud State at the Midco Aquatic Center.

2022 NSIC Women’s Swimming and Diving Preseason Coaches’ Poll

St. Cloud State (5)

60

Minnesota State (4)

60

Augustana

51

Sioux Falls

43

UMary

30

MSU Moorhead

25

SMSU

25

Northern State

22

Concordia St-Paul.

8

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