MINNEAPOLIS – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships got underway at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Thursday night. After a preliminary round of the men's three-meter diving competition, MIAC men's and women's teams got down to business with the finals of the 800-yard freestyle relays and 200-yard medley relays, as well as the championship round of the men's three-meter dive.
With five events in the books, the Gustavus men and St. Thomas women lead their respective sports. The Tommies hold a four-point lead over St. Catherine, 74-70, and are followed not far behind by St. Olaf on the women's side. The Gustie men lead the way with 130 points, followed by St. Thomas with 99 and St. Olaf with 86.
The night got off to an exciting start, as St. Catherine's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Jordyn Wentzel, Sydney Grohman, Hannah Svendsen, and Maggie Menso set new program, meet, and MIAC records by clocking in at 7:32.73, besting the previous meet mark by more than three seconds. St. Thomas finished second in that race with a time of 7:36.01 - a new program record that also would have beaten the previous meet time. The Tommies also took home top honors in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.02.
On the men's side, the St. Thomas foursome of Tom Negaard, Noah Faldet, Max Larson, and Garrett Riley came within an eyelash of a new meet record in the 200-yard medley relay, but settled for first place and a new program mark at 1:30.45. Gustavus won the 800-yard medley relay with a time of 6:45.82 in finals. St. Olaf senior Leif Jorgensen Duus placed first with a score of 465.20.
Following each of Thursday evening's races, a short awards ceremony was held to honor the top eight finishers. The top three finishers in each event received medals and automatically earn All-Conference honors. Thursday's All-Conference honorees are listed below.
The meet will continue with two more sessions apiece Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The morning sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.) and will feature preliminary races, with the evening championship sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:00 p.m.). The doors for Sunday's final session will open at 2:00 p.m. for preliminary heats of the mile races.
Tickets are available at a single-session rate, and all-session passes are also available for fans who plan to attend the entire event. Single-session passes cost $10 for adults and $5 for students, and all-session passes are $60 for adults and $25 for students. Heat sheets are included in the cost of admission. Children ages five and under are admitted free, and MIAC passes will be honored for all six sessions. No other passes or discounts will be accepted.
As in years past, all six sessions will be broadcast live online thanks to Webcast America. Fans will be able to watch archived video of each session following the event Webcast America's site. Real-time stats are available online throughout the event for fans following the action from afar.
The MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship homepage features the complete event schedule, qualifying standards, psych sheet, venue information, and ticket policy. The site will be updated throughout the event with heat sheets, stat links, results, recaps, and photos. Fans can also monitor MIAC men's swimming and diving on-the-go thanks to the MIAC mobile app, which is a free download for both Apple and Android devices.
The St. Kate's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Jordyn Wentzel, Sydney Grohman, Hannah Svendsen, and Maggie Menso set new program, meet, and conference records in the event with a time of 7:32.73. The previous meet record of 7:36.06 was set by St. Thomas in 2016.
The Saint Mary's foursome of Brooke Shefchik, Ashlyn Seifert, Katie Beitz, and Claire King broke the program record in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:30.88 in finals.
St. Thomas set a new team record in the women's 800-yard freestyle relay, as Katelyn Strauss, Kasey Ericson, Alex Howard, and Mira Schroeder combined for a 7:36.01 in finals. That time is now second-fastest in meet history.
The Tommie men set a new program record in the men's 200-yard medley relay as well. Tom Negaard, Noah Faldet, Max Larson, and Garrett Riley clocked in a 1:30.45 to claim first place.
|2019 MIAC SWIMMING & DIVING TEAM SCORES - DAY 1|
|MEN'S TEAMS||WOMEN'S TEAMS|
|2.||St. Thomas||99||2.||St. Catherine||70|
|3.||St. Olaf||86||3.||St. Olaf||66|
|2019 MIAC SWIMMING & DIVING ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES|
|MEN'S EVENTS||WOMEN'S EVENTS|
|800-yard Freestyle Relay||800-yard Freestyle Relay|
M, M*, ST18
Abe Eyman Casey
|St. Olaf||6:54.28||2.||Katelyn Strauss
|St. Thomas||6:59.51||3.||Marissa Wolff
|200-yard Medley Relay||200-yard Medley Relay|
|St. Olaf||1:32.98||3.||Hana Pokornowski
|1.||Leif Jorgensen Duus||Sr.||St. Olaf||465.20$|
Key: M - Meet Record; M* - MIAC Record; R - Repeat Champion; R3 - Three-time Champion, R4 - Four-time Champion; A - NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard; B - NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard; ST18 - 2018 NCAA Selection Time; $ - NCAA Diving Zone 11-Dive Qualifying Score.