Salem, Ore. / West Salem
The Carleton women's swimming and diving team received quite a performance from a first-year standout last week in a dual meet against cross-town rival St. Olaf. Not only did first-year swimmer Maria Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem) win three individual events and help a relay team finish second, she broke the longest standing Thorpe Pool record in the 200-yard individual medley. For her record-setting performance, Wetzel was named the MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.
Wetzel helped the 200-yard medley relay finish second with a season-best time of 1:55.20 against the Oles. She finished first in both the backstroke events as well, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 59.54, and adding the 200 title in 2:08.59. Then, in her final event of the day, Wetzel finished the 200 IM in 2:12.27, smashing the previous record by nearly a second and a half. The previous record in the 200 IM had been standing for more than a decade, since 2001.
The Knights and Wetzel have one more regular-season meet to prepare for the 2014 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 13-15 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Carleton will travel to the Conference Invite at St. Thomas Friday and Saturday to square off against other MIAC rivals as they prepare for the conference championships.