Women’s Swim & Dive Claims Second Place Finish At MIAC Championships Posted on February 19th, 2017 by

From left: Megan Boonstra, Sydney Hallmark, Linnea Rizzo receive honors in the mile. (Photo courtesy of Matt Higgins, MIAC)


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team concluded competition at the MIAC Championships Saturday evening with a final score of 684.5 points to finish in second place out of 11 teams and 207.5 ahead of its next closest opponent.

The University of St. Thomas won its second consecutive title as they posted 908 total points to finish ahead of the Gusties.

During the morning preliminary session, Kate Reilly (Jr., Hastings, Minn.) met a NCAA B-cut time in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.92.

To close out the final day in the evening finals session, Gustavus added three more individual all-conference honors.

In the first finals swimming event of the day, the Gusties claimed two all-conference times in the mile. Linnea Rizzo (So., Woodbury) and Sydney Hallmark (So., Cedarburg, Wis.) finished in second (17:40.65) and third (17:54.05). Megan Boonstra (Jr., Oakdale, Minn.) also finished third and Alison Mayfield (Fy., Two Harbors, Minn.) fourth as Gustavus placed four names in top-five of the event.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Hayley Booher (Sr., Warren, Vt.) clocked a time of 1:06.76 to finish third place and earn all-conference honors.

Kate Reilly also claimed a third place time and another all-conference laurel as she turned in a time of 52 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, a NCAA B-cut time.

Additionally, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Nicole Lohman (Sr., North Mankato, Minn.), Kennedy Holwerda (Jr., Willmar, Minn.), Maggie Webster (So., Apple Valley, Minn.), and Reilly earned all-conference with a second place time of 3:33.31.

“That was kind of our goal, to see if we could get into second place,” said Head Coach Jon Carlson. “The women really came together as a team and put together some outstanding performances. We talked about swimming to inspire, we had swims light a fire under the rest of the team and it would just be one swim after another, after another.”

Throughout the three-day event, Gustavus gathered nine individual all-conference awards along with five relay honors.


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