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ISSUE 117 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/19/2004

Women swim as cameras roll

By Ken Foote
Sports Editor


Friday, March 19, 2004

St. Olaf swimming and diving coaches Dave and Bob Hauck left campus for the Division III National Championship Meet in St. Peters, Mo. on March 10 with four women swimmers and returned March 14 with three All-American athletes and a feature story set to air on CBS during the Final Four.

Katy Brentz '05, Katie Detwiler '05, Carly Knoell '06 and Annie Lindberg 04 competed against the best Division III swimmers in the nation, and gave a national audience a candid perspective on the father-son coaching tandem of Dave and Bob Hauck.

We did some cheers and recorded a few interviews about our relationship with Haucker [Dave] and Bob, Lindberg said. It is exciting that they are doing this feature. They are great coaches and we are lucky to have them.

In addition to spotlighting the coaches, the CBS crew also tapped the women warming up for their races as well as the events themselves. The project is part of an NCAA ad campaign that will feature highlights and profiles from many of the NCAA sanctioned championships.

It was an interesting experience, Knoell said of the constant coverage. Having a camera always rolling is both intimidating and fun.

Far from being a distraction, Lindberg found the camera crew to be a relaxing influence.

We did some things that we would not have done otherwise, Lindberg said. The whole experience helped me relax and enjoy my surroundings.

While a feel-good story about a pair of unique coaches is certainly pleasant, the team did not travel to the Show Me State to make a documentary. They came to put together a good showing at the year-end meet.

Brentz was the first to garner All-American honors finishing 16th, the final position that earns All-American, in the 50 yard freestyle. Brentzs ended the year strong even though she missed interim practices due to her abroad trip.

I did not do as well as I wanted to do, Brentz said. But I really enjoyed the atmosphere, it is an honor just to be here. I hope I can come back next year with a full year of conditioning.

Detwiler, the 2004 MIAC womens swimmer of the year, was next to dive in the pool at the St. Peters Rec-Plex and collected 18th place in the 400 yard individual medley. Detwiler missed completing a quartet of Ole All-Americans by just .50 seconds.

Knoell did not disappoint in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke, swimming her best race of the season and breaking her own school record with a time of 2:06.95. In the finals, Knoell finished the race in 2:07.22 to garner 11th place and earn All-American honors.

Last, but not least, Lindberg competed in arguably the most grueling race in the meet and produced an incredibly exciting finish in the 1650 yard freestyle.

After more than 17 minutes in the pool and nearly a miles worth of swimming, Lindberg found herself locked in a three-way battle for the final two All-American spots.

Lindberg came to the final wall in 17:36.58, .02 seconds in front of the 16th place finisher and .06 seconds ahead of the hard-luck 17th place participant.

It was an amazing race, Knoell said. We cheering as loud as we could, it was an exceptionally close race.

Lindberg added that she was satisfied with her final collegiate swim and happy to earn All-American honors.

Specifics on the feature involving Dave and Bob Hauck were not immediately available, as the project is in the editing stage.

Dave and Bobs work, however, is far from over.

The duo will accompany Mark Glineburg '06, Christian Lorentzen '07 and Brad Wourms 05 back to St. Peters for the mens portion of the NCAA Championships.





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