Gustavus Adolphus sophomore swimmer Ben Hanson (Minnetonka,Minn.) has been named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive season following a three-win individual performance at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend. Hanson defended the 200-yard, 500-yard, and 1650-yard freestyle titles he won a year ago.
In Thursday’s 500-yard freestyle, Hanson automatically qualified for next month’s NCAA Division III Championships with a school- and meet-record clocking of 4:32.46. On Friday, Hanson defended his 200-yard freestyle crown with a provisional qualifying time of 1:41.64. The mark also broke school and meet records. Hanson capped off the Championships with a successful defense of his crown in the 1650-yard freestyle by breaking his own meet and school record with a provisional qualifying time of 15:54.62.
In addition, Hanson also anchored the first-place Gustavus 800-yard freestyle relay team that established a new meet and school record with a provisional qualifying time of 6:50.40. Hanson also swam on the runner-up 200-yard medley relay team that posted a provisional qualifying time of 1:33.89. The Gusties won their fifth straight team title, out-distancing runner-up St. Olaf, 867-802.
Hanson, a 2004 graduate of Minnetonka High School, is the son of Steve and Melissa Hanson of Minnetonka.