St. Paul, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team fell by the score of 185-106 to the University of St. Thomas on Friday night at the Anderson Recreation Complex Aquatic Center.
Leading the Gusties with individual event wins at the meet was Zac Solis and Gunnar Teigen. Solis swam to victory in both the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley. He touched the wall in 1:59.51 in the backstroke and 2:02.17 in the IM. Teigen came out on top of the podium in the 1,000 freestyle where he edged out teammate Ben Stewart after going 10:35.01. Teigen also finished fourth in the 500 free at the meet.
Stewart tallied a pair of finishes in the top three, placing second in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:37.95 and third in the 500 free.
Matt Van Fossen came in second place in both the 100 butterfly (53.11) and 200 IM (2:06.81), while Billy Schultze finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.55) and third in the 200 free.
Other notable individual swimming performances included third place swims from Ross Larson (100 back), Kurt Youngdahl (100 free), and Steve Manley (200 IM).
Sam Hanson registered two second place marks in the diving competition, tallying scores of 204.40 on the one-meter and 200.35 on the three-meter.
In the relay events, Youngdahl, Sam Olson-Anstett, Stewart, and Teigen teamed up to win the 200-free relay with a time of 1:30.74, while Larson, Schultze, Van Fossen, and Nachtsheim swam to a second place finish in the 200-medley relay after recording a time of 1:38.42.
The Gustavus swimming and diving teams are back in the pool just once more before competing at the 2012 MIAC Championships set to take place on Feb. 16-18. The Gusties will travel to Minneapolis to take part in the two-day Minnesota Challenge held at the Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Feb. 3-4.