Swimming and Diving Wins Pioneer Classic, Hofstede Breaks Multiple Meet Records Posted on December 4th, 2021 by


GRINNELL, Iowa – The Gustavus women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams impressed in winning finishes at the Pioneer Classic. The Gustie women won first out of 11 teams with a score 1,667.5 while the Gustie men won out of eight teams with a score of 1,507.5.

Ellen Hofstede (Jr., Hopkins) broke the meet and pool record in the 100 Free with a time of 51.25 (nine year record), the meet record in the 100 IM (1:00.48), and the 50 free (23.60) which was previously held by Maggie Webster ’18 (24.44). On Friday night Hofstede also made Division III B cuts on Friday in the 50 free, and in the 100 Free on Saturday.

Hofstede was a part of the 400 Free Relay team that broke a meet record as well (3:40.08) alongside Marit Isaacson (Fy., Saint Paul), Lucy Peterson (So., Saint Paul), and Abby Yartz (Jr., Bemidji), previously held by the Gustie women in 2019 (3:40.62).

Gustavus kept the momentum going, setting meet record in the 200 Free Relay (Hofstede, Isaacson, Yartz, Peterson) with a 1:35.64 time previously set by the Gusties in 2017 (1:38.75), while Mikayla Witte (Fy., Glencoe), Leah Soukup (So., Eagan), Hofstede, and Peterson tied the 200 Medley Relay meet record (1:50.80).

The Gustie men also came away with top notch performances in the Pioneer Classic. Andrew Becker (Jr., Northfield),  Peyton Richardson (So., Crystal Lake, Ill.), Dane Hudson (Jr., Eden Prairie), and Kieran Ripken (So., Blaine) set a new meet record in the 200 Free Relay, posting a time of 1:25.05, breaking the previous record held by the Gusties in 2019 (1:25.43).

Gustavus also broke the 200 Medley Relay meet record with a time of 1:35.63 (Hudson, Taylor Vander Jeugdt (Jr., Gurnee, Ill.), Becker, Ripken) previously held by Augustana in 2014 (1:36.55), and the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:27.06 (Hudson, Ripken, Richardson, Becker).

Individually, Becker broke the 50 Free meet record with a time of 20.90, breaking the five year record of 21.14. The Northfield native also set a new meet record in the 100 Free (46.87) breaking a 2014 record of 46.93.

Callen Zemek (Jr., Victoria) set a new meet best in the 1650 Free with a final time of 16:42.47 beating out the previous record held by Grinnell in 2015 (16:54.17).

“Very excited that both the men and women swam so well,” said Head Coach Jon Carlson. “It was a top to bottom performance for the team.”


200 Free Relay – 1:35.64

Ellen Hofstede, Marit Isaacson, Abby Yartz, Lucy Peterson

400 Medley Relay – 4:09.90

Marit Isaacson, Leah Soukup, Mikayla Witte, Abby Yartz

200 IM – 2:14.22

Marit Isaacson

50 Free – 23.60 (D3 B)

Ellen Hofstede

200 Medley Relay – 1:50.80

Mikayla Witte, Leah Soukup, Ellen Hofstede, Lucy Peterson

100 Fly – 58.84

Ellen Hofstede

100 Backstroke – 1:01.03

Marit Isaacson

800 Free Relay – 8:08.95

Ellen Hofstede, Marit Isaacson, Annika Johns, Lucy Peterson

100 IM – 1:00.48

Ellen Hofstede

200 Backstroke – 2:13.21

Marit Isaacson

100 Free – 51.25

Ellen Hofstede* D3 B

400 Free Relay – 3:40.08

Marit Isaacson, Ellen Hofstede, Lucy Peterson, Abby Yartz


200 Free Relay – 1:25.05

Andrew Becker, Peyton Richardson, Dane Hudson, Kieran Ripken

400 Medley Relay – 3:27.06

Dane Hudson, Kieran Ripken, Peyton Richardson, Andrew Becker

500 Free Relay – 4:46.79

Callen Zemek

50 Free – 20.90

Andrew Becker

200 Medley Relay – 1:35.63

Dane Hudson, Taylor Vande Jeugdt, Andrew Becker, Kieran Ripken

400 IM 4:12.44

Matt Strom

100 Breaststroke – 59.01

Kieran Ripken

800 Free Relay – 7:10.41

Peyton Richardson, Matt Strom, Eamonn McCullough, Erik Small

1650 Free – Callen Zemek – 16:42.47

1M Diving – 350.40

Andrew Jensen

100 IM – 53.14

Dane Hudson

100 Free – 46.87

Andrew Becker

The Gusties will next be in the pool when they travel for a training trip from Dec. 26th-Jan 1st.


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