Gustavus Adolphus College took the first-day lead in both the men’s and women’s team race at the 2004 MIAC Championships, contested at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatics Center.
In the women’s race, the Gusties lead defending champion St. Olaf College 241-220. Carleton College is third with 192 points, followed by the College of St. Benedict (109) and Macalester College (108). The men’s race is tight, with the defending-champion Gusties leading St. Olaf by a mere three points, 256-253. St. John’s University is third with 204 points, with Carleton College (126) in fourth and Macalester College (77) in fifth.
The Gustie men won both relays, including the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:25.68, breaking a 17-year old record held by St. Olaf. Gustavus also took individual titles in the 50 freestyle as Scott Hagemeyer won in 20.44, only .03 seconds off his MIAC Championships record morning time of 20.41, and in the 200 IM as Seth Weidmann was victorious over teammate and defending champion Will Sutor by .13 seconds. The Oles kept pace with two individual titles of their own, as rookie Joe Anderson took the 500-yard freestyle and diver Brad Wourms won the one-meter event.
On the women’s side, both of the Gustie relays set new MIAC overall records. Their 200-yard freestyle relay broke their own record, reaching a NCAA “A” cut in 1:35.68. The 400-medley relay closed out the session with a time of 3:57.87. Gustie Beth DeLaRosby reached a NCAA A cut in the 50 freestyle in 23.31.
St. Olaf’s women kept pace by winning two individual events and finishing runner-up in both relays. Anne Lindberg shaved more than seven seconds off her morning time to win the 500 freestyle as the Oles claimed three of the top five spots in the event. Katie Detwiler successfully defended her 200-yard individual medley title to claim the other win for the Oles.
Macalester senior Liz Fitzgerald was the fourth individual winner on the women’s side, as she captured the three-meter diving event.