Nine members of the Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team have earned All-MIAC honors for posting top-three finishes at the recent Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gusties captured honors in eleven events (seven individual, four relay). Sophomore Sara Pfau (Bismarck, N.D.) led the Gustie contingent with six all-league finishes.
Pfau picked up All-MIAC honors with a victory in the 200 individual medley (2:11.96) and second-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.95) and 200 backstroke (2:10.71). Pfau also swam on three of four honored relays.
Senior Katie Haynes (Duluth, Minn.) provided the only other Gustavus individual title, winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.99. Haynes also picked up a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:11.50).
Junior Yoshi Ludwig (St. Peter, Minn.), senior Kara Yetter (Shakopee, Minn.) and junior Elizabeth Hartman (Eagan, Minn.) also earned All-MIAC honors for top-three finishes in an individual event. Ludwig finished second in the 100 butterfly in a time of 59.44 seconds, while Yetter posted a second-place score of 214.15 points in the 3-meter diving competition. Hartman added a third-placd finish in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:17.13.
The Gusties also recorded All-MIAC finishes in four of five relays contested at the MIAC Championships, winning two. The team of Pfau, Haynes, Ludwig and junior Laura Watkins (Fargo, N.D.) won the 200 medley relay in a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:49.45. The same team also recorded a runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:01.80.
The team of Watkins and first-years Emily Degnan (Hibbing, Minn.), Emma Espel (Fargo, N.D.) and Krista Koenen (Willmar, Minn.) brought home the other relay win, taking the 200 freestyle relay in a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:38.56. Hartman, Espel, Koenen and Pfau secured All-MIAC honors in the 800 freestyle relay with a second-place time of 7:58.07.
The MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships marked the final competition of the season for the Gusties, as no Gustavus provisionally qualified swimmers were selected for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota in mid-March.