MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Alex Mathson, Carleton
Verona, Wis. / Veronia
The Carleton men's swimming and diving team and junior swimmer Alex Mathson (Verona, Wis.) certainly had a Happy New Year. The Knights impressed in their 2016 debut, scoring a 182-106 victory at MIAC rival Gustavus, and Mathson won all three of his individual with a trio of tremendous swims. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Mathson Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.
Mathson starred in his three individual events. In his season 200-yard individual medley debut he trailed heading into the final leg, but surged ahead to win by more than a second with a time of 2:02.59. His time of 10:22.99 was good for a 17-second margin of victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle, and his winning time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.84) was his best in a non-tapered meet and resulted in more than a five-second cushion over the runner-up. He also helped Carleton's second 200-yard freestyle relay team finish third with a time of 1:33.73. Mathson has the third-fastest 500-free time and sixth-best time in the 1,000-free in the conference this season. He's also fourth in the 1,650-free, 10th in the 200-IM and 11th in the 200-free.
The Knights and their standout junior hope for the strong start to 2016 continue this weekend with a big trip to Iowa. Carleton will head to Decorah, Iowa, for Saturday's Luther College Sprint Invite at the Norse Swimming Pool. The meet will begin at noon. The team will host its first competition of the new year the following weekend when Saint John's visits Carleton for a dual meet on Jan. 23.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Abbey Schnaith, St. Olaf
Red Wing, Minn. / Red Wing
The St. Olaf women's swimming and diving team rallied behind a perfect 4-for-4 performance from senior star Abbey Schnaith (Red Wing, Minn.) to open the 2016 calendar year with an impressive 184-72 victory over Macalester. Schnaith swam to a first-place finish in both of her individual events, and led a pair of Ole relay teams to victory as well in front of the home fans in the dual-meet win. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Schnaith Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Schnaith starred in her two individual events, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.13 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.58. She also helped St. Olaf's 200-yard medley relay team finish first with a winning time of 1:50.52, and she was a member of the first-place 200-yard freestyle squad with a time of 1:42.28. This season, Schnaith ranks in the top 10 in the MIAC in five different events: she's fourth in the 200-back, sixth in the 100-free, ninth in the 100-back and 10th in both the 50- and 200-free.
St. Olaf and its star senior hope to build on their first victory of the new year when they travel to the Twin Cities for an important meet this weekend. The Oles will compete in the Meet of the Saints Saturday in St. Paul, Minn., with diving set to start at 9 a.m. and swimming to follow at 1 p.m. After that, St. Olaf will take two weeks off before competing against cross-town rival Carleton in a Jan. 30 dual meet.