Maria Wetzel, Carleton

Maria Wetzel, Carleton

Salem, Ore. / West Salem

Carleton's Maria Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem) had a great showing against an extremely competitive field Saturday at the Cows, Colleges and Contentment Classic, hosted by cross-town rival St. Olaf. Wetzel won one individual event and turned in two other top-four finishes, and her times in all three rank No. 1 in the MIAC thus far in 2014-15. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Wetzel Tuesday with the first MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the new season.

Wetzel's top individual highlight in a day filled with excellent swims was her victory in the 200-yard backstroke. She finished in 2:06.81 to top a field of 22 swimmers. She also added a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:19.52, and she was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.21. Wetzel also helped the Knights' 200-yard freestyle relay team finish 10th (1:44.97) and she swam in the 200-yard medley relay as well. Carleton competed against the Oles, UW-La Crosse and Division II foes Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota State-Moorhead and St. Cloud State.

The Knights will be back in the pool Friday when the travel to St. Paul, Minn. to compete in a dual at the University of St. Thomas, with the start time scheduled for 6 p.m. Carleton will the host the Ted Mullin "Hour of Power" on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at Thorpe Pool, which is a nationwide fundraiser to benefit sarcoma cancer research in honor or Mullin, a former Knights' swimmer.

2014-15 MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE     NAME     SCHOOL    
2/10/2015   Katherine Becker   St. Thomas  
2/3/2015   Jenna Nagy   St. Catherine  
1/27/2015   Jenna Nagy   St. Catherine  
1/20/2015   Jenna Nagy   St. Catherine  
1/13/2015   Jennifer Strom   Gustavus  
12/9/2014   Jennifer Strom   Gustavus  
11/25/2014   Jennifer Strom   Gustavus  
11/17/2014   Kate Reilly   Gustavus  
11/11/2014   Casey Nightingale   St. Thomas  
11/4/2014   Maria Wetzel   Carleton