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.) had a great showing on a big stage last weekend at the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Invitational. Grinich qualified for the 'A' final in two events, the 'B' final in one other event and led a trio of Knights' relay teams to the top Division III finishes and the conference's top times. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Grinich Tuesday with the MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week.
Grinich qualified for the 'A' finals in both the 50-free and 100-fly, where he finished seventh out of 77 swimmers in the 50-free (21.43) and eight out of 93 in the 100-fly (52.04). He also qualified for the 'B' finals with a time of 2:03.24 in the 200-fly but elected not to compete in the finals. He led Carleton to some remarkable relay performances, as the Knights finished second in the 400-medley relay (3:28.71), third in the 400-freestyle relay (3:12.47), fifth in the 200-medley relay (1:35.53) and sixth in the 200-freestyle relay (1:25.39). Carleton was the top Division III finisher and recorded the MIAC's top time of the season in the 200-FR, 200-MR and 400-MR.
The Knights and Grinich will use their recent success as a springboard into a break for finals and the holidays. Carleton will head to Puerto Rico for its Winter Break Competition trip from Dec. 7-17, and will return to action once the calendar flips to 2016 with a Jan. 8 dual meet at MIAC rival Gustavus.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Maria Wetzel, Carleton
Salem, Ore. / West Salem
The Carleton women's swimming and diving team faced outstanding competition over the weekend at the University of Minnesota Jean Freeman Invitational, and the Knights and junior swimmer Maria Wetzel (Salem, Ore. / West Salem) were up to the challenged. Wetzel qualified for the finals in four events, recording one NCAA consideration time and helping the Knights to four top-eight relay finishes. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Wetzel Tuesday with her second MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015-16 season.
Wetzel qualified for the finals in the 100- and 200-back, the 100-fly and the 200-IM with at least 49 swimmers from all NCAA Divisions in each field. She finished fourth overall and second among Division III competitors in the 200-back with an NCAA consideration time of 2:02.89, added a sixth-place finish in the 100-back (58.47) and eighth in the 100-fly (59.60), and chose not to compete in the 200-IM finals. She also helped the Knights finish third in the 800-free relay (8:12.09), fourth in the 400-free relay (3:38.95), sixth in the 400-medley relay (4:11.76) and eighth in the 200-free relay (1:40.16).
The Knights and Wetzel will use their recent success as a springboard into a break for finals and the holidays. Carleton will head to Puerto Rico for its Winter Break Competition trip from Dec. 7-17, and will return to action once the calendar flips to 2016 with a Jan. 8 dual meet at MIAC rival Gustavus.