Northfield, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s swimming and diving team suffered a narrow 151-137 loss in a dual against Carleton College on Friday night. The Gusties recorded eight individual event wins and 18 top three finishes at the meet.
“Despite the team battling through sickness that took a good chunk of our swimmers out of the lineup, the men did a great job persevering,” said head coach Jon Carlson. “To be down just five points heading into the final race gives us a lot of confidence as we reach the heart of our season.”
Gustavus benefited from the standout performances of Kurt Youngdahl (So., Wayzata, Minn.), Zach Solis (So., Centennial, Colo.), and Jacob Stern (Fr., Rosemount, Minn.), each of whom recorded two first place swims and another top three mark.
Youngdahl swam a 1:49.98 to win the 200 freestyle and a 2:04.36 to take the 200 butterfly. He also added a second place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.01.
Jacob Stern carried the Gusties in the breaststroke races, winning both the 100 in 1:02.23 and the 200 in 2:19.79. He then swam a 5:09.15 to finish third in the 500 free.
Zac Solis rounded out Gustavus’ top swimmers by grabbing gold in the 1000 free with a time of 10:21.07 and 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.03. Solis threw in a third place mark in the 200 IM after touching the wall in 2:06.83.
Sam Hanson (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.) provided Gustavus two top marks in the diving competitions, winning the one-meter (189.75) and three-meter (197.85).
The Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team will be back in the pool next weekend when it travels to Grinnell, Iowa to take part in the two-day Grinnell College Invitational taking place on Jan. 18-19.