BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for swimming and diving and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from St. Olaf and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for December 11, 2019 - January 13, 2020.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.
To view each sport's 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
John Loepfe accounted for both of St. Olaf's individual event victories at last weekend's St. Thomas Invite, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 52.96 and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.87. He was also a member of two second-place relay teams at the meet. The Oles' 400-yard medley relay team finished in 3:36.97, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team clocked in at 3:18.50.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
St. Olaf College
Ballwin, Mo. | Parkway West
Maria Newton claimed two individual first-place results and was part of a relay victory at last weekend's St. Thomas Invite. The first-year swimmer touched the wall in 54.55 to win the 100-yard freestyle and won the 200-yard individual medley race in 2:14.18. She was also part of the Oles' victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:41.93, as well as the second-place 400-yard medley relay that clocked in at 4:12.26.
Sean Lonergan finished the mile run in 4:13.49 at last weekend's Minnesota Open to secure the top time in all of NCAA Division III this season. The St. Olaf senior's time was good for fourth place overall at the meet and is nearly five full seconds faster than the second-best time in D-III this year.
Parker Feuerborn recorded a pair of NCAA Division III top-16 performances for St. Thomas at the Minnesota Open last Saturday. His shot put distance of 50-1 1-4 was good for seventh place at the meet and 12th-best in D-III, while his career-long weight throw of 53-5 was eighth in finals and ranks 16th in D-III this season.
Johanna Glaaser broke her own program record in the 400 meters with a time of 57.91 at Saturday's Minnesota Open. That time is second-fastest in all of NCAA Division III this season and .01 seconds faster than her previous personal best. At December's Dutch Holiday Preview, Glaaser also took first in the 600 meters with a time of 1:38.10 and anchored the Oles' 4x400-meter relay team that won in 4:07.60. The latter ranks 16th in Division III this season.
Steph Kretlow started her 2020 season with a leap of 18-1 in the long jump at last Saturday's Minnesota Open. That mark was good for third place at the meet behind two Division I student-athletes and ranks fifth in all of Division III this season.