Collegeville, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s swimming and diving team tallied 1,225 points to win the Saint John’s/Saint Ben’s Mini Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Gusties registered three event wins and 15 individual top three finishes at the meet. Saint John’s came in second with 1,034 points, while Morningside scored 416 points to finish third.
Sophomore Zac Solis (Centennial, Colo.) led the Gusties with a pair of first place finishes and another second place mark. Solis recorded a time of 4:27.19 to win the 400 IM and a 2:01.31 swim to take the 200 backstroke. His second place finish came in the 500 free after touching the wall in 5:03.44.
Jacob Stern (Fr., Rosemount, Minn.) tallied Gustavus’ other individual victory, taking the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.41. Stern also swam to a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.52) and added a third place mark in the 500 freestyle.
Ross Larson (So., Brookings, S.D.) and David Kramer (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) both added multiple finishes on the podium. Larson touched the wall second in the 100 butterfly (55.65) while also placing third in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Kramer finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.71) and third in the 100 breaststroke.
Tommy Panetti (So., Bloomington, Minn.), Kurt Youngdahl (So., Wayzata, Minn.), Jeffrey Nelson (Fr., Maple Grove, Minn.), and Sam Olson-Anstett (So., Shoreview, Minn.) rounded out Gustavus’ top performers of the meet. Panetti finished second in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:51.38, and Youngdahl placed runner-up in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.45. Nelson came in third in the 400 IM, and Olson-Anstett finished third in the 200 butterfly.
In the diving competition, Bennet Woltjer (Fr., Willmar, Minn.) placed first in both the one and three-meter. Woltjer took the one-meter with a score of 285.25 and the three-meter with a score of 227.65.
The Gustavus swimming and diving teams will be off over the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the pool on Friday, Nov. 30. The Gusties will travel to Minneapolis to take part in the two-day Jena Freeman Invitational taking place Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.