MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Stephen Grinich, Carleton
McMinnville, Ore. / McMinnville
The Carleton men's swimming and diving team and senior swimmer Stephen Grinich (McMinnville, Ore.) turned in record-setting performances at the Luther College Sprint Invite last weekend. Grinich was involved in two pool records - one individual and one relay - while turning in three first-place finishes and one second in a tremendous day in the pool. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Grinich Monday with his second MIAC Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.
Grinich certainly started strong at the Luther invite as he helped the Knights' 200-yard medley relay finish first with a time of 1:38.34 and his time of 21.76 was good for a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. However, it turned out he was just getting warmed up. Grinich touched the wall in just 23.44 to set a new pool record by more than a second while winning the 50-yard butterfly. Then, he helped Carleton's 200-yard freestyle relay team set another pool record with a winning time of 1:25.62. This season, Grinich ranks third in the MIAC in the 100-fly and fourth in the 50-free.
The Knights and their standout senior hope to keep the low times coming with a pair of home duals against MIAC rivals on the schedule to close out the rest of the month. Carleton will host Saint John's Saturday at Thorpe Pool for a 12 p.m. dual meet, and then the Knights will welcome cross-town rival St. Olaf to campus on Jan. 30 for an 11 a.m. head-to-head showdown.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Katelyn Strauss, St. Thomas
Plymouth, Minn. / Plymouth
The St. Thomas women's swimming and diving team and first-year swimmer Katelyn Strauss (Plymouth, Minn.) certainly were "saintly" at Saturday's "Meet of the Saints." The Tommies won the meet title by more than 100 points, and Strauss had four standout performances, including three first-place finishes, one runner-up finish and a pair of pool records in her relay races. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Strauss Monday with the MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.
Strauss helped St. Thomas amass 857 points to beat out MIAC rivals St. Olaf (737), Saint Benedict (495) and St. Catherine (404). She scored an individual win in the 100-yard butterfly (59.36) and added a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.57). She also swam on a pair of first-place, pool-record-setting relay teams, as she helped UST win the 400-medley relay (3:59.55) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:35.34). Strauss has had a breakout season in her first year of collegiate swimming, as she ranks first in the MIAC in the 100-fly and third in the 200-free.
The Tommies and their talented rookie swimmer hope to build on their recent success on an upcoming two-day trip into Wisconsin. St. Thomas will travel to Stevens Point, Wis., to compete in the UW-Stevens Point Invite on Friday and Saturday. After that, the team will have just two more meets to prepare for the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 18-20.