St. Paul, Minn. – With a 158-141 victory over St. Thomas on Friday night at the Anderson Recreation Complex Aquatic Center, the Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team has come out victorious in its last six scored contests. Tonight, the Gusties recorded nine wins over its conference rival.
Alissa TInklenberg has simply refused to lose over the past month; recording another three individual wins to lead the Gusties. Tinklenberg took the top spot on the podium in three races, touching the wall first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:41.34, 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.69, and 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.86.
Kelsey Lucia dominated the sprints with wins in both 50 and 100 freestyle races. Lucia touched the wall in 24.70 in the 50 free and 54.08 in the 100 free.
Also taking gold for the Gusties was Katie Olson, Steph Korba, and Allyson Hannemann. Olson turned in a 1:59.25 to take the 200 free, while also finishing runner-up to Lucia in the 100 free with a time 54.11. Korba swam the fastest in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:17.17, and placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.79. Hannemann rounded out the group by swimming to a victory in the 100 back, touching the wall in 1:02.32.
Other notable individual performances came from Jennifer Strom, Quinn Arnold, and Abby Lyle. Strom notched three finishes on the podium, taking second in both the 100 breaststroke (1:07.89) and 200 breaststroke (2:31.65), and also adding a third in the 200 IM. Arnold placed second in the 200 backstroke (2:16.65) and third in the 100 back, while Lyle came in second in the 200 IM (2:17.15).
Alicia Alvarado had a good night on the boards, finishing second in both the one-meter (192.75) and three-meter (217.20) diving competitions.
The final Gustavus victory of the night came by way of the 200-free relay. Lucia, Serena Elthon, Sarah Hund, and Tinklenberg teamed up to take the race with a time of 1:38.92. Hannemann, Strom, Korba, and Lucia came in second in the 200-medley relay in 1:49.98 to round out the meet.
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.