The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team hosted UW-Stevens Point on Saturday afternoon at the Lund Natatorium in St. Peter, Minn. The final dual meet of the season featured the 2004 MIAC champions, Gustavus, versus the 2004 WIAC Champions, UW-Stevens Point. The two teams battled it out setting six new pool records in the process. The Pointers outscored the Gusties 161-158 to claim the non-conference dual meet victory.
The meet lived up to all the hype as the winning team was decided by the final event of the evening. Gustavus needed to claim first place and third place in the 400 freestyle relay to claim the dual meet victory. Despite winning the relay and setting a new pool record (3:08.67), the Gusties fell approximatley six-tenths of a second short of third place. The 400 freestyle winning team consisted of Will Sutor, Ben Hanson, Brian Amundson and Scott Hagemeyer. The time of 3:08.67 is also a NCAA “B” qualifying time.
The Gusties won eight individual events. Will Sutor and Ben Hanson set records for the Gusties. Sutor set the pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.24, while Hanson set the pool record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.19. Sutor also won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.75.
Other multiple winners were Scott Hagemeyer in the 100 backstroke (53.44) and the 100 freestyle (47.33), while Seith Weidmann won the 200 backstroke (2:00.13) and the 200 IM (2:01.64).
Gustavus will have the week off from competition as they prepare to defend their 2004 MIAC title February 17-19 at the University of Minnesota Acquatics Center. Coach Jon Carlson’s squad is in search of its fourth consecutive MIAC championship.