Men Maintain First Place, Women Climb to Third at MIAC Swim and Dive Championship Posted on February 15th, 2019 by

Photo courtesy of BJ Pickard, MIAC Athletics.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Gustavus swim and dive teams continued competition at the MIAC Championships Friday and both the men and women saw a successful day. The men were able to maintain the top spot in the standings and took an 80 point-lead on St. Thomas while the women were able to climb up to the third spot in the standings. The day was split into two sessions with the first session being all preliminary events with the finals for those events being held in the second session.

“It was a true team effort today,” said Head Coach Jon Carlson. “Everyone was swimming not just for themselves but for each other to try to put our team in the best position possible. We know the meet isn’t half over yet but we put ourselves in a good spot to go out and compete the next few days.”

Sydney Hallmark started the day for the Gusties as she swam in the 500 freestyle finals and took home eighth place with a time of 5:08.46.

On the men’s side of the 500 free, Zach Dawson and Dutch Franko-Dynes swam times of 4:38.37 and 4:42.38 respectively to take home third and fourth place honors for the Black and Gold.

The women’s 200 yard IM was next and Haley Pesik finished in 2:07.92 for third place, while Hailey Auran finished in 2:12.75 for eighth.

In the men’s 200 IM, they put a statement performance on display taking home four of the top five spots and five of the top seven. Nolan Larson, Josh Muntifering, and Tanner Sonnek finished first, second, and third respectively, while Riley Fairbanks took home fifth, and Ryan Sklar took seventh to put the Gusties in front of the pack on the men’s side.

Maggie Webster stepped up to the plate in the 50 yard freestyle next as she had the top prelim time and was able to put together a time of 23.37 to take home first place honors in the finals, while Alyssa Lokensgard finished in sixth with a time of 24.53.

In the same fashion as Webster, Matt Allison, who had the top time in prelims swam a 20.53 to take first, while Will Clark, Andrew Peters, and Sam Deyak finished fourth through sixth respectively for the Gusties.

The women’s three meter dive was the next event and Gustavus’ Emily An took home seventh with a score of 349.05.

In the women’s 400 medley relay, the quartet of Amelia Bjorklund, Auran, Michelle Simms, and Lokensgard took home fifth with a time of 3:56.31.

In the final event of the day Muntifering, Sonnek, Larson, and Allison won the 400 medley relay on the men’s side with a time of 3:21.37.

Tomorrow sessions will start at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.


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