Gusties, Tommies lead the way heading into final day of MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships

Gusties, Tommies lead the way heading into final day of MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships

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 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.

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 and Diving Championships – Day 3, Session 6
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Place Team Score   Place Team Score
1. Gustavus 684.5   1. St. Thomas 517
2. St. Thomas 536.5   2. St. Catherine 392
3. St. Olaf 315   3. Gustavus 364
4. Saint John's 267   4. St. Olaf 316
5. Carleton 257   5. Carleton 288
6. Macalester 155   6. Saint Benedict 198
7. Hamline 138   7. Hamline 120
8. Saint Mary's 82   8. Concordia 101
        9. Saint Mary's 69
        10. Macalester 56
        11. Augsburg 53
400-yard Individual Medley   400-yard Individual Medley
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
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
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
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
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. Nolan Larson So. Gustavus 1:39.29
  1. Maggie Menso Fy. St. Catherine 1:50.64
M, ST18
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
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. Tanner Sonnek Sr. Gustavus 54.66
R3, ST18
  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
3. Jack Heinzel So. Carleton 56.23
  3. Ada Meyer Jr. Carleton 1:04.49
100-yard Backstroke   100-yard Backstroke
Place Name Year Institution Time   Place Name Year Institution Time
1. John Loepfe Jr. St. Olaf 49.75
R3, B
  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
Place Name Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Matt Allison
Nolan Larson
Andrew Peters
Tanner Sonnek
Gustavus 1:22.73   1.

Kate Smarjesse
Katelyn Strauss
Alex Howard
Mira Schroeder

St. Thomas 1:35.86
2. Tom Negaard
Garrett Riley
Michael Foss
Omar Omar
St. Thomas 1:23.12   2. Maggie Webster
Alyssa Lokensgard
Alyssa Kohorst
Haley Pesik
Gustavus 1:36.08
3. Jack Heinzel
Nick Reeves
Stevie Fitch
Jack Dalluge
Carleton 1:24.94   3. Macy Klein
Ella Henderson
Sydney Grohman
Jordyn Wentzel
St. Catherine 1:36.45
1-meter Diving    
Place Name Year Institution Score            
1. Logan Bican Jr. Gustavus 461.95
2. Leif Jorgensen Duus Sr. St. Olaf 452.15
3. Kieran Cuddy So. Macalester 450.70

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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