Record-setting relays headline first day of MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships

Maggie Menso helped St. Kate's set a new MIAC record in the 800-yard freestyle to open the 2019 Championships.
Maggie Menso helped St. Kate's set a new MIAC record in the 800-yard freestyle to open the 2019 Championships.

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 WentzelSydney GrohmanHannah 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 NegaardNoah FaldetMax 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 standardspsych sheetvenue 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 WentzelSydney GrohmanHannah 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 ShefchikAshlyn SeifertKatie 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 StraussKasey EricsonAlex 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 NegaardNoah FaldetMax Larson, and Garrett Riley clocked in a 1:30.45 to claim first place.

2019 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships – Day 1, Session 2
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Place Team Score   Place Team Score
1. Gustavus 130   1. St. Thomas 74
2. St. Thomas 99   2. St. Catherine 70
3. St. Olaf 86   3. St. Olaf 66
4. Saint John's 69   4. Gustavus 62
5. Macalester 63   5. Carleton 56
6. Carleton 56   6. Saint Benedict 52
7. Hamline 52   7. Concordia 48
8. Saint Mary's 51   8. Hamline 40
        9. Saint Mary's 34
        10. Augsburg 28
        11. Macalester 18
800-yard Freestyle Relay   800-yard Freestyle Relay    
Place Name  Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Dutch Franko-Dynes
Josh Muntifering
Nolan Larson
Matt Allison
 Gustavus 6:45.82
  1. Jordyn Wentzel
Sydney Grohman
Hannah Svendsen
Maggie Menso
St. Catherine 7:32.73
M, M*, ST18
2. John Loepfe
Marcel Hones
Abe Eyman Casey
Sjon Greseth
 St. Olaf 6:54.28   2. Katelyn Strauss
Kasey Ericson
Alex Howard
Mira Schroeder
St. Thomas 7:36.01 
3. Nate Stone
Hunter Neilsen
Adam Boerner
Sam Johnson
 St. Thomas 6:59.51   3. Marissa Wolff
Maya Knutson
Caitlin Croasdell
Linnea Rizzo
St. Olaf 7:37.60 
200-yard Medley Relay   200-yard Medley Relay    
Place Name  Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Tom Negaard
Noah Faldet
Max Larson
Garrett Riley
 St. Thomas 1:30.45
  1. Kirsten Nelson
Ashley Christensen
Anna Astrup
Kate Smarjesse
St. Thomas 1:45.02
2. Josh Muntifering
Tanner Sonnek
Ryan Sklar
Andrew Peters
Gustavus 1:32.43   2. Kelly Punyko
Sophia Nevin
Helen Jensen
Marissa Wolff
St. Olaf 1:45.50 
3. John Loepfe
Gus Reynolds
Marcel Hones
Ian Kretzmann
St. Olaf 1:32.98   3. Hana Pokornowski
Hailey Auran
Michelle Simms
Maggie Webster
Gustavus 1:45.89 
3-meter Diving       
Place Name Year Institution Score          
1. Leif Jorgensen Duus Sr. St. Olaf 465.20$            
2. Jonathan Bovee Sr. Gustavus 462.45$            
3. Logan Bican Jr. Gustavus 454.35$            

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.

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