MINNEAPOLIS – For the fourth time in as many seasons, the University of St. Thomas has claimed the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) women's swimming and diving championship. The Tommies are now tied with Hamline University (1983-86) for the third-longest winning streak in MIAC women's swimming and diving history.
The Tommies finished with 797 points to earn first place. Only one point separated Gustavus and St. Catherine, who finished in second and third, respectively, at 588 and 587. St. Olaf took fourth with 440 points, followed by Carleton in fifth with 413.5 and Saint Benedict in sixth with 305. Hamline took seventh with 174 points, Concordia placed eighth with 132.5, Macalester ninth with 91, Saint Mary's tenth with 81, and Augsburg in eleventh with 75 points.
First-year phenom Jordyn Wentzel was named Swimmer of the Year, while teammate Gabby Page picked up Diver of the Year honors. Wentzel was part of four victories and set MIAC records in all four. She also logged the fastest time in Division III in the 200-yard breaststroke and clocked the nation's fourth-fastest time in the 200 individual medley. Page, meanwhile, won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 463.45 and placed fourth in the three-meter event.
Following each of Sunday evening's races, a short awards ceremony was held to honor the top eight finishers. The top three finishers in each event received medals and automatically earn All-Conference honors. Saturday's All-Conference honorees are listed below.
In addition to individual athlete awards, the MIAC also recognized Justin Zook (St. Catherine) as the Swimming Coach of the Year and Jeremiah Jackson (Saint Mary's) as the Diving Coach of the Year.
The records continue to fall for St. Kate's rookie Jordyn Wentzel, who broke the program, meet, and conference records in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:16.99 in prelims. She went on to break that mark in finals with a 2:12.85, the fastest time in the country this season.
St. Kate's first-year Maggie Menso won the mile in 16:52.62, breaking the MIAC meet record in that event. She won the 1,650 by nearly 27 seconds.
St. Olaf sophomore Sophia Nevin clocked in at 2:20.77 in the 200-yard breaststroke on Sunday morning, breaking a seven-year-old program record in the process.
Saint Benedict first-year Mikayla Von Wahlde broke a record older than she is when she took down the 20-year-old program mark in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 2:05 flat in finals.
Carleton first-year Alison Cameron set a new program record in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 2:09.20 to Kim Gillen's previous school record - set in 1983 - by 0.16 seconds.
One day after breaking the program record in the 100-yard breaststroke, Carleton's Ada Meyer laid claim to the 200-yard race, finishing the breaststroke in 2:21.41 during prelims.
|2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING TEAM SCORES - FINAL|
|2019 MIAC WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES|
|1.||Maggie Menso||Fy.||St. Catherine||16:52.62
|2.||Gretchen Behrens||So.||St. Thomas||17:19.14|
|3.||Caitlin Croasdell||Jr.||St. Olaf||17:24.05|
|1.||Alex Howard||Jr.||St. Thomas||2:04.68|
|2.||Mikayla Von Wahlde||Fy.||Saint Benedict||2:05.00|
|1.||Macy Klein||Fy.||St. Catherine||51.08
|1.||Jordyn Wentzel||Fy.||St. Catherine||2:12.85
M, M*, A, ST18
|1.||Anna Astrup||Fy.||St. Thomas||2:06.83|
|2.||Paige Pawlenty||Jr.||St. Thomas||2:08.14|
|400-yard Freestyle Relay|
|1.||Gabby Page||Sr.||St. Catherine||463.45!A|
|3.||Kellie Pruitt||Sr.||St. Thomas||401.30$A|
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.