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ISSUE 118 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/12/2004

Swimmers start strong at Quad

By Ryan Maus
Sports Editor

Friday, November 12, 2004

The St. Olaf mens and womens swimming and diving team officially began its meet season Saturday at the Northfield Quad Classic. The meet, which is the Oles annual season-opening event, also featured competitors from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Carleton, St. Johns and St. Bens. No score was kept, but the Oles nonetheless turned in a number of impressive performances.

Eric Tvedt 08 was especially impressive in his first collegiate meet. Tvedt earned MIAC Swimmer of the Week honors with wins in the 1650 and 500 freestyle events.

Adam Thomas 07 outdistanced the field in the 200 freestyle, Mark Glineberg 06 won the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke, and Drew Vanderwert 05 took first in the 50 and 200 free. Joe Anderson 07 and Alan Debacker 07 were victorious in the 400 and 200 IMs respectively. On the womens side, first-year Marcie Dierks gained a win in her first collegiate meet, winning the 200 individual medley.

It was a great day of racing, head coach Bob Hauck said. Even though its early in the season, were already swimming at a high level.

The Oles also return a number of standout performers from last seasons MIAC champions (men) and runner-ups (women). Hauck has been encouraged by the teams commitment and enthusiasm thus far in the young season.

Weve got a great team attitude this year, Hauck said. Sometimes effort and attitude are just as important as talent.

The Oles hope to ride the wave of momentum created Saturday into their first dual meet of the season, which takes place Friday at St. Olaf. The Gustie men finished second at last years conference meet, while the women narrowly defeated St. Olaf to take the conference crown. Fridays meet is the teams biggest match-up of the dual meet season.

Weve always performed very well against Gustavus in the past, Hauck said. Sometimes its good to have your toughest meet right away, because it can help set the tone for the rest of the season.

Fridays competition, which will be held in Skoglund, begins at 6 p.m.

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