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 Carleton, Gustavus, St. Catherine, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 15-21, 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
St. Olaf College
La Crescent, Minn.
John Loepfe placed first in all four of the events he competed in at the Macalester/Hamline/St. Olaf triangular over the weekend. Loepfe held down the lead-off spot in the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.84) and collected individual first-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.14), 50-yard freestyle (22.59), and 100-yard butterfly (52.73) as well. His time in the 200 freestyle was good for fourth-best in the MIAC this season.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
St. Catherine University
Hannah Svendsen had a career-best meet last weekend at the Grinnell Invitational, leading the Wildcats to their first-ever first-place finish as a team at the Grinnell Invitational. Svendsen recorded six lifetimes best finishes, two season-best finishes and broke the meet record in the 400 individual medley (4:30.73) while also finishing with an NCAA B cut time in the event. The first-year swimmer claimed additional victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.25), 200 breaststroke (2:24.87), and 500 freestyle (5:13.05), and helped the 200 medley relay team (1:49.03) to a first-place finish as well.
MIAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Taylor Rooney helped Gustavus take second place at Macalester's Vanessa Seljeskog Classic on Friday with a pair of first-place finishes. The sophomore won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.23 and the high jump with a leap of 6-6.75. His 60 hurdles time is currently ninth in NCAA Division III, while his distance in the high jump is tied for tenth-best in the nation.
MIAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Eric Holst briefly moved into No. 1 in the nation with a monster weight throw of 65-9 last Friday at the St. Thomas Invite. The distance represents a new MIAC record and is just six inches off the Division III all-time top-10 list. Holst, who won the NCAA Championship in the hammer last May, currently ranks second in the nation in the weight throw. His previous indoor career-best distance in the event was 63-0.
MIAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Amanda Mosborg won two events at the Carleton Triangular. The sophomore started her day by winning the mile run in a time of 5:16.79, the fastest time in the MIAC this season. Mosborg also claimed first place in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:29.14. Her adjusted time in the mile ranks 47th in the country this season.
MIAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week
St. Olaf College
Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View
Paige Woldt broke a 28-year-old St. Olaf indoor school record in the triple jump with a distance of 36-0.75 last weekend at the Carleton Triangular. Woldt's jump is the best in the MIAC this season and ranks 29th in NCAA Division III. She also placed third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.17.