Both the women’s and men’s standings remain intact following the second day of the 2006 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Gustavus leads the men’s race with 555 points, just ahead of St. Olaf (536). The Ole women lead the field with 515.5 points, while the Gustie women (395) are just ahead of Carleton (389.5). Team champions will be crowned Saturday evening as action concludes.
Members of the Gustavus men’s swim team took the top four places in the 200-yard freestyle to solidify their lead in the men’s standings as Ben Hanson defended his 2005 crown with a provisional qualifying time of 1:41.64. Teammate Billy Cuevas also sported a provisional qualifying time for second place honors.
Gustavus’ Katie Haynes, Sara Pfau, Yoshi Ludwig and Laura Watkins won the 200-yard medley relay with a provisional qualifying time of 1:49.45. Mikayla Meyer, Julia Roog, Hannah Berg and Emily Love of St. Olaf also provided a provisional qualifying time at 1:50.12. Meyer went on to win the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.37, while Haynes won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.52, edging Sara Skrbec of Saint Benedict by .47 of a second.
The St. Olaf team of Tom Kukla, Ben Wareham, JC Chambers and Jacob Koch won the 200-yard medley relay with a provisional qualifying time of 1:32.91. Gustavus’ Scott Hagemeyer, Ben Hanson, Connor Ziegler and Brian Amundson also recorded a provisional qualifying time of 1:33.89.
Freshman Ted Marschall of Carleton won the 400-yard individual medley with a meet record and provisional qualifying time of 4:02.28. Ole teammates Mark Glineburg and Joe Anderson posted provisional qualifying times while finishing second and third, respectively.
St. Olaf’s Nelson Westby won the 100-yard butterfly with a provisional qualifying time of 50.01 while Matt Stewart recorded a provisional qualifying time with a second place finish at 51.16 for the Gusties. Hannah Berg won the women’s side of the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.90.
Carleton’s Molly Miller edged Sara Pfau from Gustavus by .70 of a second to win the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.25. The men’s 100-yard breaststroke was a battle between two Ole teammates as Ben Wareham beat out Nelson Westby by .06 of a second with a time of 57.53. Both swimmers also claimed provisional qualifying times.
St. Olaf’s Kate Blum, Mikayla Meyer, Christina Roberts and Kelly Dolan won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a provisional qualifying time of 7:51.59. Gustavus’ Matt Stewart, Greg Pokorski, Billy Cuevas and Ben Hanson won the men’s side with a meet record and provisional qualifying time of 6:50.40. The St. Olaf group of Joe Anderson, Jacob Koch, Nelson Westby and Paul Evensen swam a provisional qualifying time of 6:50.73 for second place honors.
In other men’s events, Saint John’s Casey Larson won the men’s 100-yard backstroke with a provisional qualifying time of 51.76. Two members from both Gustavus (Scott Hagemeyer & Jeff Pearson) and St. Olaf (Tom Kukla & Adam Meyer) recorded provisional qualifying times. Christian Lorentzen of St. Olaf won the men’s 1-meter diving competition with a NCAA qualifying score of 281.35, while Macalester’s Heather Lendway won the 400-yard individual medley with a provisional qualifying time of 4:38.94.
(Release courtesy of Saint John’s sports information. Saint John’s and St. Ben’s are serving as hosts for the 2006 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships)