The unscored Cows, Colleges and Contentment Classic (known as the Northfield Colleges Quad Classic in previous years) has traditionally been the teams last tune-up before conference competition gets underway.
This meet allows everyone the opportunity to compete in the maximum amount of events, head coach Dave Hauck said. Its important in the fall to have a meet like this.
The story of Saturdays competition was the mens 200-yard medley relay team, which set a new pool record. Tom Kukla 07, Ben Wareham 07, Nelson Westby 09 and J.C. Chambers 06 swam the relay in 1:35.76, breaking the old pool record of 1:36.01, which had stood since 1992.
Westby also turned in a national qualifying performance in the 100-yard breaststroke. The first-year swam 58.30 to tie the current pool record established in 1989, and earned an NCAA B cut qualifying time.
Westby is one of, if not the best, first years in the MIAC and probably in Division III, said Hauck about his freshman phenom.
On the womens side, first-place finishes were Mikayla Meyer 07 (200 freestyle), Kate Blum 06 (50 free), Erin Anderson 09 (500 free) and Kelly Dolan 07 (400 individual medley).
Overall, Hauck was very pleased with his teams performance on Saturday.
I feel really confident about the depth that we have right now, which we havent had in previous years, Hauck said. The past couple years weve been able to compete with and beat Gustavus in dual meets, but during the championship season weve come up just a couple people short. Hopefully that will change this year.
On Friday night, the Oles will travel to Gustavus for what is arguably their most important dual meet of the season. The Gustie men won last years MIAC Championship and finished second behind St. Olaf on the womens side.