Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Carleton men's swimming and diving senior Erik Klontz (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) continued his tremendous senior seasons with a historic performance at this weekend's St. Thomas Conference Invite. The Knights' swimmer won three individual events and helped a pair of Carleton relay teams also finish first, while meeting two NCAA qualifying standards and setting a new St. Thomas pool record. For his record-setting performance, Klontz was named the MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time this season.
In a meet full of highlights, Klontz turned in his best performance in the 50-yard freestyle. His time of 20.10 was good for first place, a new pool record and the NCAA "A" qualifying standard. That time is No. 1 in the MIAC and No. 2 in all of Division III this season. He also swam season bests in winning the 100-yard butterfly (51.35) and100-yard freestyle (45.86) with the 100-free time meeting the NCAA "B" qualifying standard. Klontz also helped the Carleton 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.51) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.31) both finish first and record their best times of the 2012-13 season.
Klontz and his Carleton teammates appear to be peaking at the perfect time, as all those season-best performances were their last chance to tune up for the 2013 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Carleton will host the Northfield Diving Invite Tuesday, and then will rest up for the conference meet, which will be held Feb. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.