MIAC Athletes of the Week – January 15, 2019

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for swimming and diving and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Gustavus, Hamline, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 8-14, 2019.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Nolan Larson
Gustavus Adolphus College
West Des Moines, Iowa | Dowling Catholic

Nolan Larson collected a trio of first-place finishes to help Gustavus top Carleton in a dual meet last Friday. The sophomore swimmer clocked in at 48.37 in the 100-yard freestyle, 52.93 in the 100-yard butterfly, and 1:57.54 in the 200-yard butterfly. He also competed on the Gusties' 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 1:28.52. Larson's time in the 200-yard butterfly is the second-fastest in the MIAC this season.

MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Gabby Page
St. Catherine University
Cottage Grove, Minn. | Park

Gabby Page placed first in the three-meter diving competition at last weekend's St. Thomas Invite with a score of 253.45 and second in the one-meter with a score of 232.70. It was the third first-place finish in the three-meter dive this season for the Wildcats senior, who leads the Conference in both one-meter and three-meter scores this year. 

MIAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Karl Wachter
University of St. Thomas
Shakopee, Minn.

Karl Wachter placed first out of 33 runners in the mile last Friday at The Opener invite. His converted time of 4:16.71 in the event ranks fourth-best in the nation this season.

MIAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week
David Danhauer
University of St. Thomas
Barrington, Ill.

David Danhauer had the nation's second-longest throw in the shot put at 53-11 3-4 to place first at The Opener invite last Friday. Danhauer's shot put was the third-best in school history and the longest by a Tommie thrower in 27 seasons. He also placed fourth overall in the weight throw with a distance of 53-1 3-4, good for 36th-best in Division III.

MIAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Briana Berninghaus
Hamline University
Montgomery, Minn. | Montgomery-Lonsdale

Briana Berninghaus posted two first-place finishes at The Opener last Friday, with a time of 7.95 in the 60-meter dash and 16.32 in the 200-meters. Both times represent MIAC-bests this season.

MIAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Grace Bordson
University of St. Thomas
Hutchinson, Minn.

Grace Bordson won the high jump at The Opener last Friday with a mark of 5-4 3-4, good for a top-15 placement nationally. The senior jumper cleared 5-5 3-4 in December, which ranks 10th in Division III this season.