Tradition of Excellence: 2007 Women’s Swim & Dive Cruises to MIAC Championship Posted on April 16th, 2020 by

In the absence of sports for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Gustavus sports information will provide a series of stories to take a look back at great moments in Golden Gustie athletics history, celebrating its proud tradition of excellence.

February 18, 2007

Women’s Swimming & Diving Wins MIAC Title in Convincing Fashion

By Tim Kennedy, Gustavus Sports Information Director

The Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team used overall team depth to pull away from favorite St. Olaf on the final day and win the 2007 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship. The title was the program’s first since 2004, but the third in the past six years. Gustavus outscored the second place Oles 789 to 634. Carrie Gundersen (1650 free), Christie O’Conner (200 back), and Erica Hickey (200 fly) claimed event titles on Saturday night.

Carrie Gunderson got Gustavus off to a fast start on the final day of the three-day championship event placing first in the 1650 freestyle in a school record time of 17:44.55. Gundersen, who also met the NCAA B Provisional mark, broke her own school record by over :16 seconds. Maggie Luke finished fifth (18:28.83) and Larkin Davis placed eighth (18:36.89).

Christie O’Conner gave the Gusties two titles in the first two events as she took top honors in the 200 backstroke in a school record time of 2:09.35. She also met the NCAA B Provisional mark. Sara Pfau placed third in a time of 2:14.27.

After Jonna Berry posted a sixth place finish in the 100 freestyle (54.57), Sarah Koepp finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a school record time of 2:25.28. Maggie Hansvick placed sixth with a time of 2:31.99.

The defining moment of the final day for the Gusties came in the 200 butterfly as five Gustavus swimmers finished in the top six allowing the team to eliminate any chance for St. Olaf to claim the title. The Gusties took the top four spots in the race led by Erica Hickey who finished first in a time of 2:15.45. She was followed by Yoshi Ludwig in second (2:15.48), Maggie Luke in third (2:16.91), Emma Espel in fourth (2:17.20), and Britta Nelson in sixth (2:17.58).

Gustavus closed out the meet with a third place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Carrie Gundersen, Janae Piehl, Jonna Berry, and Sara Pfau recorded a time of 3:36.19.

Coach Jon Carlson and his squad will now wait to see which swimmers and relay teams qualify for the NCAA Championships which will take place March 8-10 in Houston, Texas.

Photo Gallery of MIAC Championships

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Previous “Tradition of Excellence” stories:

1987 Men’s Basketball Wins MIAC Playoffs

1985 Gymnastics Wins Division III National Championship

2009 Men’s Hockey Advances to NCAA Title Game

2015 Volleyball Wins 27 Straight

1971 Men’s Tennis Marks Coach Wilkinson’s First MIAC Title

Harren Captures 2005 NCAA Cross Country Title

1927 Baseball Claims First MIAC Championship

Women’s Hoops Upsets Host, Advances to 2018 NCAA Sweet 16

2005 Men’s Soccer Reaches NCAA Title Match

2009 Softball Makes Run at College World Series

Men’s Golf Wins 2004 National Championship

Women’s Hockey Takes Third at 2017 NCAA Tourney

War Vets Lead Football to 1946 MIAC Title


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