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Beagle named NSIC Swimmer of the Week
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Beagle named NSIC Swimmer of the Week

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Augustana junior Taylor Beagle is the NSIC Swimmer of the Week the conference announced Tuesday.

The native of Lead earned a pair of first-place finishes in the Vikings’ dual victory over Southwest Minnesota State. Beagle claimed victory in the 1,000-yard free with a time of 10 minutes, 38.94 seconds, finishing nearly nine seconds ahead of second place. She then won the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:39.46, which was more than 12 seconds better than second place.

The Vikings won the dual 199-57.

The weekly honor is the first for Beagle and second-ever for an Augustana swimmer. Previously this year, Destini Oehlertz earned the league’s swimmer of the week accolade.

Augustana returns to the pool Jan. 25 with a dual at Nebraska-Kearney before competing in the NSIC Championships Feb. 12-15 in Bismarck, N.D.

Black Hills State's Wientjes earns league honors

Black Hills State University junior Raquel Wientjes has been named this weeks women's basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference defensive player of the week.

Wientjes averaged close to eight rebounds a game over the weekend as the Yellow Jackets earned two road wins, 68-55 over Colorado Christian and 71-59 over Regis University.

Friday night against CCU she pulled down six total boards, five of them defensive. She also recorded 16 points and three steals. She followed up Saturday night with 11 rebounds, nine of them defensive. She also put up 24 points, recorded three more steals and had a big block.

BHSU softball begins practices for spring season

Despite the thermometer reading single digit temps Tuesday morning, the Black Hills State University softball team has officially opened practice for the spring season.

"This is a brand new day for BHSU women's softball," said head coach Marcelle Herman. "Let the challenges begin as we embrace our new 'For Each Other' culture. Our strength comes in numbers."

Last season saw the Yellow Jackets finish 10th in conference with a 10-23 RMAC record.

Black Hills State opens competition against Northern State in Aberdeen Feb. 1.

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