MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Mike Lanz, St. Thomas
Maple Grove, Minn. / Maple Grove
St. Thomas star swimmer Mike Lanz (Maple Grove, Minn.) had a five-for-five performance to lead the Tommies to a team victory at the Macalester Roger Ahlman Invite last week. The senior finished first in all five events he swam - three individual and two relay - to lead his team to a first-place finish among the five-team field. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Lanz Tuesday as the MIAC Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.
Individually, Lanz was victorious in the 50-yard freestyle (21.87), 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly (50.70). He also led the Tommies' 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to victory to give him five wins in five events. His time in the 100-fly ranks fourth in Division III this season, and his time in the 200-fly ranks ninth in the nation. Lanz is seeking a third-straight MIAC Men's Swimmer-of-the-Year award, after winning the honor at each of the last two MIAC Championships.
Lanz and the Tommies have a pair of big events coming up to close out the 2015 portion of the schedule. St. Thomas will travel to Saint John's for a dual meet with its arch rivals on Saturday at 1 p.m. Then, the team will swim at the prestigious Jean Freeman Invite at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Dec. 4-5.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Emma Paulson, St. Thomas
Wayzata, Minn. / Wayzata
The St. Thomas women's swimming and diving team and star junior Emma Paulson (Wayzata, Minn.) had a week to remember, winning a pair of events in St. Paul. The team finished first at both its home Andregg Invite and Macalester's Roger Ahlman Invite, with Paulson swimming to five individual victories and helping three relay teams also finish first, with a pair of meet-record swims at the Andregg Invite. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Paulson Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.
UST was first in the three-team field at the Andregg Invite behind three Paulson victories, as she won the 100-yard freestyle (51.73) and 200-yard individual medley (2:13.47) and also led the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.02) team to victory. The 200-free and 200-IM were both meet-record times. She was even better Saturday at Macalester, as she won the 50-yard freestyle (23.88), the 100-free (52.44) and the 100-yard backstroke (56.80) while also helping a pair of relay teams also swim to victory. This season, Paulson's times rank second in the nation in both the 100-free and 100-back and third in the 50-free.
Paulson and the Tommies have a pair of big events coming up to close out the 2015 portion of the schedule. St. Thomas will travel to Collegeville, Minn., for a dual meet with Saint Benedict on Saturday at 1 p.m. Then, the team will swim at the prestigious Jean Freeman Invite at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Dec. 4-5.