MIAC Swimming & Diving Athletes-of-the-Week - Feb. 9, 2016

MIAC Swimming & Diving Athletes-of-the-Week - Feb. 9, 2016
     

MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week

Stephen Grinich, Carleton
McMinnville, Ore. / McMinnville

Carleton swimmer Stephen Grinich (McMinnville, Ore.) has starred throughout his senior season, and after a great performance at the Minnesota Challenge he appears to be saving his best for last. Grinich posted three top-10 individual finishes and led a Knights relay team to victory against top regional Division I, II and III competition at the University of Minnesota's Invite. As a result, the MIAC sports information directors honored Grinich Tuesday with his fourth MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season, and his second-straight honor.

Grinich made quite a splash at the prestigious Minnesota Challenge in the same pool that will host the MIAC Championships later in February. He finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle behind only three Division I swimmers, while recording the MIAC's top time this season (20.84). He also swam a season-best 47.50 in the 100-free to finish ninth, and he was also fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (51.17) to add another fourth place finish. Grinich led off Carleton's first-place effort in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:23.92), and also swam on the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:36.18). This season, Grinich ranks first in the MIAC in the 50-free (20.84), third in the 100-fly (50.84) and sixth in the 100-free (47.50).

Carleton and its star senior will take this weekend off from competition to gear up for the season's biggest meet - the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The conference meet will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18-20, at the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. There will be two sessions each day - six total - with prelims each morning at 10:30 a.m. and finals sessions each evening at 6:30 p.m. 

     

MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week

Kate Reilly, Gustavus
Hastings, Minn. / Minnesota Virtual Academy

The Gustavus women's swimming and diving proved once again that it is one of the top college teams in the region regardless of division with a strong showing at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Challenge. Sophomore standout Kate Reilly (Hastings, Minn. / Minnesota Virtual Academy) led the Gusties with seven top-10 finishes, including three strong individual performances and a quartet of outstanding relay finishes. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Reilly Tuesday with her second MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.

Reilly rose to the challenge against top regional Division I, II and III competition with a pair of top-five individual finishes and another in the top eight. She was fifth in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.79) and 100-yard freestyle (52.67) and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (59.91). She also helped the Gustie 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams both finish third with times of 3:38.05 and 8:02.55, respectively, and she helped the 200-free relay team finish fifth (1:39.05) and the 200-medley relay team finish seventh (1:08.79). This season, Reilly has the MIAC's top time in the 100-breast (1:06.82). She's ranked second in the conference in the 50-free (24.13) and 100-IM (1:00.75) and fourth in the 100-free (53.48) and 100-fly (58.51).

Gustavus and its Reilly senior will take this weekend off from competition to gear up for the season's biggest meet - the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships - where the Gusties are aiming for a seventh-straight MIAC title. The conference meet will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18-20, at the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. There will be two sessions each day - six total - with prelims each morning at 10:30 a.m. and finals sessions each evening at 6:30 p.m.