More records fall as MIAC continues Swimming & Diving Championships

Tanner Sonnek and the Gusties added to their team lead on Friday.
Tanner Sonnek and the Gusties added to their team lead on Friday.

MINNEAPOLIS – For the second time in as many nights, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships evening session began with a record-breaking performance, as St. Catherine first-year swimmer Maggie Menso shattered the previous conference mark in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 4:51.31. Menso's new program, meet, and conference record time is also the best in all of Division III for the 500 free this season.

In the team standings, Gustavus came away with three victories on Friday night to extend its lead in the men's championships by 80 points over second-place St. Thomas. St. Olaf remains in third by a narrow margin over Saint John's, 145-143. On the women's side, St. Thomas, St. Kate's, and Gustavus continue to jockey for positioning. The Tommies lead with 261 points, followed by the Wildcats in second with 243, and the Gusties in third with 213.

Youth continues to be a theme this year, as four first-year competitors earned championship victories on Friday. An experienced Gustavus lineup also delivered, however, with sophomore Nolan Larson winning his second straight championship in the 200 individual medley and senior Maggie Webster successfully defending her crown in the 50 free.


Following each of Friday 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. Friday's All-Conference honorees are listed below.

The meet will continue with two more sessions apiece 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, every session 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.

St. Catherine rookie Maggie Menso broke the program, meet, and MIAC records in the 500 free with a 4:51.31. The time was nearly nine full seconds faster than the next closest competitor and is the best in Division III this season by more than two seconds.

Fellow Wildcat first-year Jordyn Wentzel also rewrote the record books with a time of 2:01.75 in the 200-yard individual medley. That time also represents new program, meet, and MIAC records. It also ranks fourth in Division III this season.

St. Kate's first-year Macy Klein broke her own program record in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 23.48.

Augsburg sophomore Morgan Mangel shaved a tenth of a second off her previous program record with a time of 25.34 in prelims of the 50 free on Friday morning.

Saint Benedict first-year Ana Birklid clocked in at 2:10.21 in the 200 individual medley finals to set a new program record.

Saint Mary's sophomore Brooke Shefchik kicked off prelims on Friday morning with a program record time of 5:32.44 in the 500 free. 

2019 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships – Day 2, Session 4
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Place Team Score   Place Team Score
1. Gustavus 360   1. St. Thomas 261
2. St. Thomas 280   2. St. Catherine 243
3. St. Olaf 145   3. Gustavus 213
4. Saint John's 143   4. St. Olaf 175
5. Carleton 122   5. Carleton 146
6. Macalester 98   6. Saint Benedict 116
7. Hamline 86   7. Hamline 78
8. Saint Mary's 51   8. Concordia 70
        9. Saint Mary's 57
        10. Augsburg 39
        11. Macalester 21
500-yard Freestyle   500-yard Freestyle
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. Sjon Greseth Fr. St. Olaf 4:37.71   1. Maggie Menso Fy. St. Catherine 4:51.31
M, M*, ST18
2. Adam Boerner So. St. Thomas 4:37.77   2. Marissa Wolff So. St. Olaf 5:00.06
3. Zach Dawson Jr. Gustavus 4:38.37   3. Alex Howard Jr. St. Thomas 5:04.35
200-yard Individual Medley   200-yard Individual Medley
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. Nolan Larson So. Gustavus 1:51.53
R, B
  1. Jordyn Wentzel Fy. St. Catherine 2:01.75
M, M*, ST18
2. Josh Muntifering So. Gustavus 1:53.02   2. Hannah Svendsen Fy. St. Catherine 2:07.92
3. Tanner Sonnek Sr. Gustavus 1:53.07   3. Haley Pesik Sr. Gustavus 2:07.99
50-yard Freestyle   50-yard Freestyle
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. Matt Allison Jr. Gustavus 20.53
  1. Maggie Webster Sr. Gustavus 23.37
R, ST18
2. Jack Heinzel So. Carleton 20.78   2. Caroline Mather Sr. Carleton 23.40
3. Tom Negaard Sr. St. Thomas 21.11   3. Macy Klein Fy. St. Catherine 23.48
400-yard Medley Relay   400-yard Medley Relay
Place Name Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Josh Muntifering
Tanner Sonnek
Nolan Larson
Matt Allison
Gustavus 3:21.37   1. Hannah Svendsen
Franceska Hernandez-Nietling
Jordyn Wentzel
Macy Klein
St. Catherine 3:49.12
2. John Gahnz
Noah Faldet
Max Larson
Tom Negaard
St. Thomas 3:22.14   2. Kelly Punyko
Sophia Nevin
Helen Jensen
Marissa Wolff
St. Olaf 3:50.54
3. John Loepfe
Gus Reynolds
Marcel Hones
Abe Eyman Casey
St. Olaf 3:25.34   3. Kirsten Nelson
Ashley Christensen
Katelyn Strauss
Kate Smarjesse
St. Thomas 3:51.45
            3-meter Diving
            Place Name Year Institution Score
            1. Peyton Eckman Fy. St. Thomas 415.70$
            2. Mallory Jarvi Jr. Saint Benedict 412.35$
            3. Kapani Kirkland Fy. Carleton 397.05%

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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