MINNEAPOLIS – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships continued on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
St. Thomas began to distance itself from the pack in the women's team standings, growing its lead over second-place St. Catherine to a 517-392 margin. Gustavus remains a close third heading into the final day of competition at 364 points. On the men's side, the Gusties continued to roll, totaling 684.5 points through three days. The Tommies are within striking distance at 536.5 points, while St. Olaf currently stands in third at 315 points.
Following each of Saturday 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 the final two sessions on 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. 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 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.
Gustavus senior Tanner Sonnek broke his own MIAC meet record and took down the ten-year-old overall MIAC record in the 100 breaststroke with a 54.28 in prelims. He went on to win in finals as well, touching the wall in 54.66.
St. Catherine first-year Jordyn Wentzel logged a time of 1:01.75 in the 100 breaststroke to set new program, meet, and MIAC records in the event.
Fellow Wildcat Maggie Menso toppled the six-year-old meet record in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.64 in finals.
Carleton junior Ada Meyer broke the second-oldest record in Knights' women's swimming and diving history when she clocked in at 1:04.67 in prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke and then broke it again with a 1:04.49 in finals. Lydia Neilson's previous mark of 1:04.82 was set in 1995.
Carleton sophomore Jack Heinzel also knocked off a longstanding program record in the 100 breaststroke, as he touched the wall in 55.99 during prelims to surpass Max Harper's previous mark, set in 1996.
Concordia's Amy Warren clocked in at 4:49.53 in the prelims of the 400 individual medley to set a new program record.
For the third straight day, Saint Mary's sophomore Brooke Shefchik broke a program record. On Saturday, Shefchik shaved three seconds off Linda Tierney's seven-year-old mark in the 400 individual medley to set the new Cardinals' standard at 5:00.89.
|2019 MIAC SWIMMING & DIVING TEAM SCORES - DAY 3|
|MEN'S TEAMS||WOMEN'S TEAMS|
|2.||St. Thomas||536.5||2.||St. Catherine||392|
|4.||Saint John's||267||4.||St. Olaf||316|
|2019 MIAC SWIMMING & DIVING ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES|
|MEN'S EVENTS||WOMEN'S EVENTS|
|400-yard Individual Medley||400-yard Individual Medley|
|1.||Josh Muntifering||So.||Gustavus||4:03.29||1.||Hannah Svendsen||Fy.||St. Catherine||4:30.15
|2.||Zach Dawson||Jr.||Gustavus||4:03.77||2.||Linnea Rizzo||Sr.||St. Olaf||4:32.60|
|3.||Sjon Greseth||Fy.||St. Olaf||4:07.32||3.||Ana Birklid||Fy.||Saint Benedict||4:35.28|
|100-yard Butterfly||100-yard Butterfly|
|1.||John Loepfe||Jr.||St. Olaf||49.48||1.||Anna Astrup||Fy.||St. Thomas||56.54
|2.||Tom Negaard||Sr.||St. Thomas||49.57||2.||Kate Smarjesse||Sr.||St. Thomas||56.64
|3.||Marcel Hones||So.||St. Olaf||50.49||3.||Haley Cassens||Sr.||St. Thomas||57.79|
|200-yard Freestyle||200-yard Freestyle|
|1.||Maggie Menso||Fy.||St. Catherine||1:50.64
|2.||Matt Allison||Jr.||Gustavus||1:40.17||2.||Marissa Wolff||So.||St. Olaf||1:51.30
|3.||Dutch Franko-Dynes||Fy.||Gustavus||1:41.77||3.||Alex Howard||Jr.||St. Thomas||1:53.23|
|100-yard Breaststroke||100-yard Breaststroke|
|1.||Jordyn Wentzel||Fy.||St. Catherine||1:01.75
M, M*, ST18
|2.||Noah Faldet||Fr.||St. Thomas||56.03
|2.||Franceska Hernandez-Nietling||So.||St. Catherine||1:04.33
|100-yard Backstroke||100-yard Backstroke|
|1.||John Loepfe||Jr.||St. Olaf||49.75
|1.||Kelly Punyko||Sr.||St. Olaf||56.92
|2.||Abe Casey Eyman||Sr.||St. Olaf||51.17||2.||Taylor Martinek||Sr.||Hamline||56.98
|3.||John Gahnz||Fy.||St. Thomas||51.51||3.||Mikayla Von Wahlde||Fy.||Saint Benedict||57.22|
|200-yard Freestyle Relay||200-yard Freestyle Relay|
|St. Thomas||1:23.12||2.||Maggie Webster
|2.||Leif Jorgensen Duus||Sr.||St. Olaf||452.15
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.