MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Stephen Grinich, Carleton
McMinnville, Ore. / McMinnville
Carleton College swimmer Stephen Grinich (McMinnville, Ore.) certainly celebrated "Senior Day" in style in his final home meet as a Knight. Grinich was superb in a narrow dual loss to rival St. Olaf, winning all four of his events. His two individual victories included season-best times, and he also helped Carleton win a pair of relay events. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Grinich Tuesday with his third MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.
Grinich's top highlight featured a season-best time of 21.06 to win the 50-yard freestyle, which also ranks as the top time in the MIAC in the event this season. He was nearly as good in the 100-yard butterfly, as he won with a time of 50.84 which ranks second in the conference in 2015-16. Grinich also helped Carleton's 200-yard freestyle relay team finish first with a time of 1:25.79, which was the fastest time swam by a MIAC team last weekend, and he also led the 200-yard medley relay team to a win (1:35.89). Grinich and company put a serious scare into the Oles in a 157-141 loss, which was the closest Carleton has been to its rivals in Andy Clark's 23 seasons coaching at the school.
The Knights and their standout senior have one more chance to get in the water and prepare for the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, and fortunately they'll compete in the same pool as the conference meet. Carleton will attend the Minnesota Challenge Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, then will return to the same site for the MIAC Championships on Feb. 18-20.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Jenna Nagy, St. Catherine
Hutchinson, Minn. / Hutchinson
St. Catherine diver Jenna Nagy (Hutchinson, Minn.) is no stranger to success in the MIAC, and last weekend's tremendous performance indicates she's peaking again at the perfect time. Nagy won all four diving events at two different meets Friday and Saturday, recording a pair of NCAA Regional Zone qualifying scores and the top score in the MIAC this season in all four events. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Nagy Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Friday, Nagy won a pair of six-dive competitions in a dual against Macalester with the MIAC's top score on each board this season. Her scores of 250.70 on the 1-meter board and 223.70 on the 3-meter board were both the best in the meet by at least 32 points. A day later, she was again victorious in 11-dive competitions on both boards while qualifying for the NCAA Diving Zone meet and recording the MIAC's top scores. She racked up 405.50 points on the 1-meter board, and an even 450.00 on the 3-meter board. To top it off, Nagy also swam in a pair of backstroke events Saturday without prior training this season, and finished third in the 100 (1:06.54) and fourth in the 200 (2:30.46). Nagy is the two-time reigning MIAC Diver-of-the-Year and the defending conference champ on both boards.
The Wildcats and their standout junior diver only have one more competition to prepare for the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. But before Nagy attempts to win her third-straight MIAC Diver-of-the-Year award, St. Catherine will compete at the Minnesota Challenge on Saturday, which will also be held at the U of M's pool in Minneapolis.