BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with the announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in swimming and diving and indoor track and field. Student-athletes from Bethel, Carleton, Saint Benedict and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 23-29, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving and indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week both had standout performances over the weekend. St. Thomas' Bailey Biwer received the men's award after he led UST to a dual-meet win over UW-Eau Claire with a pair of individual first-place finishes and a relay win as well. Saint Benedict diver Maggie Pomerenke broke the Blazers' school-record score with her win on the 1-meter board, and her score also ranks No. 1 in the MIAC and meets the NCAA Zone qualifying standard.
The MIAC Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week all turned in conference-leading performances. Bethel's Carl Klamm won the 400-meter dash and helped the Royals win the 4x400-meter relay to earn the men's track honor. Men's field accolades went to St. Thomas' Connor O'Neill for his outstanding, nationally-ranked performance in the heptathlon. Carleton's Alexa Feeney won her second-straight women's track honor after posting MIAC-leading times in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Saint Benedict's London Stelten cleared 11-9 in the pole vault for a new personal best and a second women's field honor of 2017.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
||Men's Swimming &
University of St. Thomas
Eau Claire, Wis. / Memorial
|St. Thomas junior Bailey Biwer won a pair of individual events and led a UST relay team to victory to earn
Athlete-of-the-Week honors, as the Tommies defeated UW-Eau Claire in a dual meet. Biwer took first of
nine the 50-yard freestyle (21.63) and first of nine in the 100-yard butterfly (51.27) and joined the winning
200-yard medley relay team in Friday night's home victory over the Blugolds. The 100-fly time was a season-
best mark for Biwer. The junior ranks first in the MIAC in six individual races this season and in the top 100
nationally in four events.
||Women's Swimming &
College of Saint Benedict
New Berlin, Wis. / Nathan Hale
|The College of Saint Benedict swimming and diving team got quite a splash – or lack therof – from first-year
diver Maggie Pomerenke at the CSB/SJU Diving Invite. Pomerenke won the 1-meter board title with a new
school-record 11-dive score of 423.25. The rookie's winning score broke a school record that had stood since
1996. Pomerenke's performance qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Regional meet, and her 1-meter, 11-
dive score also leads the MIAC in 2016-17.
||Men's Indoor Track
Evanston, Ill. / Evanston Township
|Bethel sprinter Carl Klamm earned Track Athlete-of-the-Week honors thanks to a pair of first-place finishes and
impressive times at the St. Olaf Quadrangular. Klamm won the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.02 seconds,
which is the top time in the MIAC this season, the sixth-best mark in Bethel history, and the No. 18-ranked time
in all of Division III in 2017. Klamm also combined with Shawn Monroe, Dan Wahlstedt and Isaac Erickson to win
the 4x400-meter relay, with a conference-leading time of 3:23.76.
||Men's Indoor Field
University of St. Thomas
Lake Elmo, Minn. / Stillwater
|St. Thomas senior Connor O'Neill finished second – the first collegiate finisher – in the heptathlon event Saturday
at the UW-Stout Invite. His 4,763 point total ranks seventh-best thus far this season in all of NCAA Division III.
He cleared 15-9.25 in the pole vault, 6-3.5 in the high jump, and 20-8 in the long jump, and clocked 8.88 in the
60-meter hurdles as part of his score. He's the lone MIAC athlete ranked nationally in the top seven in two
||Women's Indoor Track
St. Charles, Ill. / North
|Racing at UW-Stout's Warren Bowlus Open, Carleton's Alex Feeney turned in the MIAC's top times this season in
two events to win a second-straight Athlete-of-the-Week honor. She won the 200-meter dash in 25.92, which is
also the second-fastest time in school history and tied for 13th in NCAA Division III. In the 400-meter dash, she
pushed event winner Jessie Reineck of UW-Eau Claire to post the fastest time in the NCAA so far this season.
Feeney was the runner-up, and her time of 58.25 ranks eighth in Division III this year and third in team
||Women's Indoor Field
College of Saint Benedict
Cologne, Minn. / Chanhassen
|The 2017 Indoor Track and Field Season couldn't be off to a much better start for Saint Benedict senior London
Stelten. Thus far she has two pole vault victories, two personal records (PR) and now two MIAC Field Athlete-of-
the-Week awards. Stelten won the pole vault Saturday with a new PR of 11-9, or 3.58 meters, which is second
in CSB history and 14th in Division III. Stelten's height also leads the MIAC this season by nearly nine full inches
and is just one of two MIAC vaulters to clear 11 feet.