Despite being just a freshman, Hamline's Skiah Garde Garcia (Seattle, Wash.) proved with his latest performance that talent truly knows no age. The Piper rookie led his team to a dual-meet victory over cross-town rival Macalester with a pair of magnificent diving performances Saturday. Garde Garcia won titles on both the 1- and 3-meter boards with a particularly impressive showing on the higher platform. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Garde Garcia Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Garde Garcia not only finished first on the 3-meter board Saturday with a winning score of 273.40 points, but that number is also the third-best score in Hamline history, and just two points of hitting the NCAA qualifying standard. He also dove to victory on the 1-meter board with a score of 232.05, which nearly cracked the Pipers' all-time top 10 list as well. Thanks to his two wins and victories in nine other events, Hamline scored a triple-digit margin of victory in a 164-63 dual win over the Scots.
Hamline hopes to continue its success after Saturday's victory at one of the biggest meets thus far in 2014-15. The Pipers will be off this weekend, but return to the pool on Dec. 5-6 to compete in the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Invitational, which will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. That will be Hamline's final competition of 2014, as the team will take a lengthy break until Jan. 23.
Skiah Garde Garcia, Hamline