"Its fun to swim fast," has been the mantra floating around the womens swim team all preseason. Now that the season is finally underway, the Ole women are ready for some fun. Not only is the team out to defend last seasons MIAC title, they also plan to leave all potential challengers lagging in their wake.
The proverb, "Youth springs eternal" held true at the Gustavus pool last Friday night. The St. Olaf Mens Swimming and Diving teams 134-109 victory over Gustavus Friday night was due in large part to a recent influx of talented first years. Newcomers Joe Anderson, Adam Thomas, Tom Kukla, Andy Tompsett, and Christian Lorentzen, all members of the class of 07, played key roles in the season-opening victory. These five athletes, none of whom were members of the Ole squad that finished third at last years MIAC conference meet, accounted for six of St. Olafs seven individual victories. Coach Bob Hauck is very pleased with the teams attitude this year.
St. Johns did much more than wrap up the MIAC title Saturday with a 29-26 come-from-behind win over Bethel. The win was number 409 for coach John Gagliardi, who has been at the helm of the Johnnies football team for the last 51 seasons, making him the winningest coach in NCAA history. Gagliardi passed the legendary Eddie Robinson, who won 408 games for Division I-AA Grambling State before retiring in 1997.
In a recent episode of ESPNs drama "Playmakers", the teams leading wide receiver, and lone All-pro selection, admitted to his teammates that he was a homosexual. The executives of the team responded by forcing him to go on injured reserve so that the story would not leak to the press. The team owner told the player, "There will be a time for you to stand up for who you are, but not here, not now."