MIAC announces 2019 MIAC Men's S&D Awards

Tanner Sonnek (left) and John Loepfe were honored as Co-Swimmers of the Year on Sunday.
Tanner Sonnek (left) and John Loepfe were honored as Co-Swimmers of the Year on Sunday.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2018-19 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) swimming and diving season came to a close over the weekend with an exhilarating four-day championship meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. On Monday, the MIAC recognized its award winners from another outstanding season of competition.

Gustavus senior Tanner Sonnek (North Mankato, Minn. | Mankato West) and St. Olaf junior John Loepfe (La Crescent, Minn.) were honored as Co-Swimmers of the Year, while Oles senior Leif Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn. | Roseville) came away with the Diver of the Year award. Sonnek finished his final MIAC meet as one of the most prolific swimmers in conference history, winning his fourth consecutive 200-yard breaststroke - and setting a MIAC meet record - on Sunday night. He also placed first in the 100 breaststroke for the third year in a row and was part of a pair of Gustie relay victories. Loepfe earned seven All-Conference honors over the course of the four-day meet, highlighted by his third consecutive win in the 100 backstroke. He also took home top honors in the 100 butterfly. Jorgensen completed his final MIAC meet with a conference championship in the three-meter diving competition and placed second off the one-meter board.

Gustavus head coach Jon Carlson was voted the MIAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year by his peers. Carlson guided the Gusties to their first men's title in more than a decade. Saint Mary's diving coach Jeremiah Jackson was awarded MIAC Diving Coach of the Year.

In addition to the top individual award winners, the MIAC also recognized the 13th annual Men's Swimming and Diving All-Sportsmanship team at Sunday's final session, and those individuals are listed below, along with the 2019 MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving All-Conference individuals and relay teams. The top three finishers in each event received All-MIAC honors and a medal following their event. 


2019 MIAC MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING AWARDS

Co-Swimmer of the Year: Tanner Sonnek, Gustavus (Sr. | North Mankato, Minn. | Mankato West)
Co-Swimmer of the Year: John Loepfe, St. Olaf (Jr. | La Crescent, Minn.)
Diver of the Year: Leif Jorgensen, St. Olaf (Sr. | St. Paul, Minn. | Roseville)
Swimming Coach of the Year: Jon Carlson, Gustavus (29th season)
Diving Coach of the Year: Jeremiah Jackson, Saint Mary's (14th season)


 2019 MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving All-Sportsmanship Team
Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
Ben Greenvall Carleton Sr. Branford, Conn.
Scott Nimke Gustavus Sr. Rochester, Minn. | John Marshall
Dennis Fleming Hamline Jr. Lake Elmo, Minn. | Hill-Murray
Paul Reischmann Macalester Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla. | Shorecrest Prep
Jacob Upton Saint John's Sr. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson
Darren Anes Dy Saint Mary's Jr. Rochester, Minn. | John Marshall
DQ Tong St. Olaf Sr. Osseo, Minn. | Wayzata
Noah Faldet St. Thomas Fr. Calmar, Iowa | Decorah

 2019 MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving All-Conference Team
50-Yard Freestyle   100-Yard Freestyle
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. Matt Allison Jr. St. Thomas 00:20.53
B
  1. Matt Allison Jr. Gustavus 00:45.00
B
2. Jack Heinzel So. Carleton 00:20.78   2. Tom Negaard Sr. St. Thomas 00:46.03
3. Tom Negaard Sr. St. Thomas 00:21.11   3. Dutch Franko-Dynes Fy. Gustavus 00:46.08
200-Yard Freestyle   500-Yard Freestyle
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. Nolan Larson So. Gustavus 01:39.29
ST18
  1. Sjon Greseth Fy. St. Olaf 04:37.71
2. Matt Allison Jr. Gustavus 01:40.17   2. Adam Boerner So. St. Thomas 04:37.77
3. Dutch Franko-Dynes Fy. Gustavus 01:41.77   3. Zach Dawson Jr. Gustavus 04:38.37
1-meter Diving   3-meter Diving
Place Name Class Institution Score   Place Name Class Institution Score
1. Logan Bican Jr. Gustavus 461.95
$A
  1. Leif Jorgensen Sr. St. Olaf 465.20
$
2. Leif Jorgensen Sr. St. Olaf 452.15
$A
  2. Jonathan Bovee Sr. Gustavus 462.45
$
3. Kieran Cuddy So. Macalester 450.70
$A
  3. Logan Bican Jr. Gustavus 454.35
$
200-Yard Individual Medley   400-Yard Individual Medley
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. Nolan Larson So. Gustavus 01:51.53
R, B
  1. Josh Muntifering So. Gustavus 04:03.29
2. Josh Muntifering So. Gustavus 01:53.02   2. Zach Dawson Jr. Gustavus 04:03.77
3. Tanner Sonnek Sr. Gustavus 01:53.07   3. Sjon Greseth Fy. St. Olaf 04:07.32
100-Yard Backstroke   200-Yard Backstroke
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. John Loepfe Jr. St. Olaf 00:49.75
R3, B
  1. Abe Eyman Casey Sr. St. Olaf 01:51.15
2. Abe Casey Eyman Sr. St. Olaf 00:51.17   2. John Gahnz Fr. St. Thomas 01:51.71
3. John Gahnz Fy. St. Thomas 00:51.51   3. John Loepfe Jr. St. Olaf 01:52.41
100-Yard Breaststroke   200-Yard Breaststroke
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. Tanner Sonnek Sr. Gustavus 00:54.66
R3, ST18
  1. Tanner Sonnek Sr. Gustavus 01:59.82
R4, M, ST18
2. Noah Faldet Fr. St. Thomas 00:56.03
B
  2. Logan Shafer Fr. St. Thomas 02:04.82
3. Jack Heinzel So. Carleton 00:56.23
B
  3. Noah Faldet Fr. St. Thomas 02:05.97
100-Yard Butterfly   200-Yard Butterfly
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Class Institution Time
1. John Loepfe Jr. St. Olaf 00:49.48   1. Nate Stone So. St. Thomas 01:52.94
2. Tom Negaard Sr. St. Thomas 00:49.57   2. Nolan Larson So. Gustavus 01:53.11
3. Marcel Hones So. St. Olaf 00:50.49   3. Ryan Sklar Jr. Gustavus 01:53.76
1,650-yard Freestyle   200-yard Freestyle Relay
Place Name Class Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Adam Boerner So. St. Thomas 16:10.93
B
  1. Matt Allison
Nolan Larson
Andrew Peters
Tanner Sonnek
Gustavus  01:22.73
2. Zach Dawson Jr. Gustavus 16:18.45   2. Tom Negaard
Garrett Riley
Michael Foss
Omar Omar
St. Thomas  01:23.12
3. Paul Reischmann Sr. Macalester 16:19.87   3. Jack Heinzel
Nick Reeves
Stevie Fitch
Jack Dalluge
Carleton  01:24.94
400-Yard Freestyle Relay   800-yard Freestyle Relay
Place Name Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Dutch Frank-Dynes
Andrew Peters
Nolan Larson
Matt Allison
Gustavus 03:02.92
B
  1. Dutch Franko-Dynes
Josh Muntifering
Nolan Larson
Matt Allison
Gustavus 06:45.82
B
2. Omar Omar
Max Larson
Tom Negaard
Garrett Riley
St. Thomas 03:07.92   2. John Loepfe
Marcel Hones
Abe Eyman Casey
Sjon Greseth
St. Olaf  06:54.28
3. Marcel Hones
Sjon Greseth
Abe Eyman Casey
John Loepfe
St. Olaf 03:08.62   3. Nate Stone
Hunter Neilsen
Adam Boerner
Sam Johnson
St. Thomas 06:59.51
200-yard Medley Relay   400-yard Medley Relay
Place Name Institution Time   Place Name Institution Time
1. Tom Negaard
Noah Faldet
Max Larson
Garrett Riley
St. Thomas 01:30.45
ST18
  1.

Josh Muntifering
Tanner Sonnek
Nolan Larson
Matt Allison

Gustavus 03:21.37
2. Josh Muntifering
Tanner Sonnek
Ryan Sklar
Andrew Peters
Gustavus 01:32.43   2. John Gahnz
Noah Faldet
Max Larson
Tom Negaard
St. Thomas 03:22.14
3. John Loepfe
Gus Reynolds
Marcel Hones
Ian Kretzmann
St. Olaf 01:32.98   3. John Loepfe
Gus Reynolds
Marcel Hones
Abe Eyman Casey
St. Olaf 03:25.34

Key: M - Meet Record; M* - MIAC Record; R - Repeat Champion; R3 - Three-time Champion, R4 - Four-time Champion; A - NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard; B - NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard; ST18 - 2018 NCAA Selection Time; $ - NCAA Diving Zone 11-Dive Qualifying Score.