The Gustavus women’s swimming team wrapped up its 2006-07 regular season with a dual meet on Saturday against UW-Stevens Point in the Lund Center Natatorium. The Pointers defeated the Gusties 209-110. Senior diver Lauren Wallerius (Albertville, Minn.) led Gustavus with first place finishes in both the one- and three-meter diving events.
It was a big day for Wallerius as her total of 261.9 on the three-meter board met the NCAA national qualifying mark. She will now wait to see whether she is one of 22 divers selected to compete at the NCAA Championships in March. Wallerius also won on the one-meter board with a total of 223.15.
The Gusties posted first place finishes in six different events against the Pointers. Joining Wallerius with her two event titles were Carrie Gunderson (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) in the 1000 free (10:50.25), Christi O’Conner (Great Falls, Montana), in the 100 backstroke (1:02.88) and 200 backstroke (2:14.86), and Sarah Koepp (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.30).
Other top finishes included Emma Espel (Fargo, North Dakota/North) finishing second in the 200 fly (2:18.31), Janae Piehl (Hutchinson, Minn.) placing second in the 50 free (25.30) and third in the 100 free (55.67), and Brittani Matzke (Buffalo, Minn.) finishing third on the one-meter board (211.65).
Senior Yoshi Ludwig (St. Peter, Minn.) also had a big day as she competed in her final meet at the Lund Center Natatorium. Ludwig finished third in the 200 fly (2:18.65), third in the 200 individual medley (2:18.65), and fourth in the 100 fly (1:01.82). All three times were season best performances for Ludwig.
Coach Jon Carlson and his squad will now spend the next two weeks training and tapering for the MIAC Championships which will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, February 15-17.