The Gustavus Adolphus men’s swimming and diving team battled Grinnell College from start to finish, but in the end, it was the Pioneers edging the Gusties by 51 points to win the Grinnell Invitational held this weekend Russell K. Osgood Pool on Friday and Saturday. Grinnell earned 1,290.5 points to Gustavus’ 1239.5 at the meet. Finishing third place out of the field of seven was Luther College with 669.5 points.
Billy Schultze, Zac Solis, and Sam Olson-Anstett all took the top spot on the podium at the meet. Schultze recorded two wins and a second place finish, taking the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.55 and 50 freestyle with a time of 22.02, plus finishing second in the 200 free (1:46.30). Solis won the 400 IM with a time of 4:21.56, took second in the 200 backstroke in 1:59.75, and placed third in the 200 IM in 2:01.33. Olson-Anstett touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.26, then placed third in the 100 butterfly in 54.69.
Adam Rosell swam a 4:29.65 to finish runner-up in the 400 IM, and Matt Van Fossen also placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.88.
Third place finishers included Elliot Hoekstra in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.02), Steven Manley in the 400 IM (4:34.08), and Kurt Youngdahl in the 50 free (22.41).
The Gusties recorded three second place finishes and two third place marks in the relay events. Youngdahl, Olson-Anstett, Zach Nachtsheim, and Schultze teamed up to place second in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:27.76. Ross Larson, Elliot Hoekstra, Van Fossen, and Schultze finished runner-up in the 200-medley relay in 1:40.21, and Kyle Herold, Ben Stewart, Youngdahl, and Schultze also teamed up to come in second with a time of 3:14.21.
Third place relay teams included Solis, Hoekstra, Van Fossen, and Youngdahl in the 400-medley relay (3:41.32), and Herold, Peter Crady, Olson-Anstett, and Nachtsheim in the 200-medley relay (1:41.20).
The Gustavus swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool on Friday, Jan. 27 when they travel to St. Paul to take on the University of St. Thomas at 5:00 p.m.