BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Seven Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) teams returned to the pool last Friday and Saturday after an extended break from competition over the holidays. Just four weekends remain before the 2019 MIAC Championships at the University of Minnesota in February.
Gustavus senior Tanner Sonnek (North Mankato, Minn.) clocked in at 55.83 in the 100-yard breaststroke in December to rank No. 10 in the nation in the event.
AROUND THE MIAC
The Carleton 200-yard freestyle relay team of Nick Reeves (Kirkland, Wash. | Lake Washington), Stevie Fitch (Redmond, Wash. | Nikola Tesla Stem School), Sam Darwish (Akron, Ohio. | University School), and Jack Dalluge (Waverly, Minn. | Watertown-Mayer) combined for a first-place finish at the Luther Invite last Saturday, clocking in at 1:31.36.
Gustavus sophomore Nolan Larson (West Des Moines Iowa | Dowling Catholic) collected a trio of first-place finishes to help Gustavus top Carleton in a dual meet last Friday. The sophomore swimmer clocked in at 48.37 in the 100-yard freestyle, 52.93 in the 100-yard butterfly, and 1:57.54 in the 200-yard butterfly. He also competed on the Gusties' 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 1:28.52. Larson's time in the 200-yard butterfly is the second-fastest in the MIAC this season.
Hamline sophomore Nicholas Grivna (Blaine, Minn. | Spring Lake Park) took top honors in the 200 freestyle (1:50.01) and 500 freestyle (5:01.95) in the Pipers' dual meet against Saint John's last Friday.
Macalester sophomore Kieran Cuddy (Northfield, Minn.) won both diving events at the St. Thomas Invite last weekend, scoring 282.55 points on the one-meter board and 290.70 on the three-meter board to qualify for the NCAA Diving Regional. Cuddy's one-meter score is a new school record, eclipsing his previous mark of 273.80 set earlier this season.
Saint John's sophomore Eli Greenblat (Plymouth, Minn. | Wayzata) won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.05) and touched the wall fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.36) at the St. Thomas Invite last weekend.
Saint Mary's returns to the pool this Saturday for road duals against St. Norbert and Ripon. The Cardinals have been off since December 2.
St. Olaf junior John Loepfe (La Crescent, Minn.) won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.63 and was the anchor on a 400-yard freestyle relay that finished second at the St. Thomas Invite over the weekend. He also led off the 400-yard medley relay that finished third with a time of 3:36.92.
St. Thomas senior Tom Negaard (Stevens Point, Wis.) won the 100-yard freestyle (47.22) and 100-yard butterfly (51.87) individually at the St. Thomas Invite last weekend and was part of the first-place relay teams in the 400-yard medley (3:33.21) and 400-yard freestyle (3:13.35).