Men’s Swimming Extends First Place Lead, While Women Stay in Third at MIAC Swim and Dive Championship

Posted on February 16th, 2019 by



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Gustavus swim and dive teams continued competition at the MIAC Championships on Saturday. The men improved on their lead on the day while the women stayed in third place. Saturday’sessions consisted of preliminaries in the morning and then finals in the afternoon. After three days of competition the Gustie men have 684.5 points while second place St. Thomas has 536.5. The St. Thomas women are in first with 517 points while the Gustie women have 364.

“Both the men and women swam great,” said Head Coach Jon Carlson. “They really stepped up and competed hard in both the morning and evening sessions. Then our divers really came through for us on the guys side. They’ve been a super important part of the Championship for sure.”

To start the evening finals session, the women’s 500 IM got underway with Haley Pesik taking home eighth place honors for the Gusties. The men competed in the same event with Josh Muntifering and Zach Dawson finishing in first and second respectively. Thomas Fitzloff added some more points for Gustavus with a seventh place finish.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Michelle Simms took home sixth place honors for the Gusties with a time of 58.52. On the men’s side, Ryan Sklar clocked a time of 51.03 for a fourth place finish.

The next event was the 200 freestyle where Maggie Webster and Amelia Bjorklund took seventh and eighth for the Golden Gusties. On the men’s side, Nolan Larson, Matt Allison, Dutch Franko-Dynes, and Andrew Peters finished first through fourth respectively while Eamonn McCullough finished eighth to push Gustavus further up the leaderboard.

In the 100 breaststroke, Madeline Westendorp took home fifth place honors for the women, while Hailey Auran and Ella Benoit finished in seventh and eighth respectively.

On the men’s side of the 100 breaststroke Tanner Sonnek made a statement, setting the MIAC and meet record with a time of 54.28. Riley Fairbanks also took home fifth in the event and Sam Deyak finished eighth.

In the men’s 100 yard backstroke Frankie Zobitz finished in sixth with a time of 53.64.

The one meter dive came next for men with Logan Bican taking first place with a 461.95. Jonathan Bovee also took fourth while Carson Scholberg and Josh Theis finished seventh and eighth respectively.

The last event was a 200 free relay in which the team of Webster, Alyssa Lokensgard, Alyssa Kohorst, and Pesik took second place, while the men’s team of Allison, Larson, Peters, and Sonnek took home first.

Tomorrow will be the last day of events with the morning session starting at 10:30 a.m. and the second session starting at 5:30 p.m.


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