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ISSUE 119 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/11/2005

Swimming impressive at Classic

By Ryan Maus
Sports Editor

Friday, November 11, 2005

After five weeks of intense practice and a season-opening competition at the St. Thomas Relays Oct. 29, the St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finally got a taste of their home waters on Saturday. The teams took on Division III opponents Carleton, St. John's, College of Saint Benedict and UW - LaCrosse.

The unscored “Cows, Colleges and Contentment Classic” (known as the Northfield Colleges Quad Classic in previous years) has traditionally been the team’s 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. “It’s important in the fall to have a meet like this.”

The story of Saturday’s competition was the men’s 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 women’s 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 team’s performance on Saturday.

“I feel really confident about the depth that we have right now, which we haven’t had in previous years,” Hauck said. “The past couple years we’ve been able to compete with and beat Gustavus in dual meets, but during the championship season we’ve 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 year’s MIAC Championship and finished second behind St. Olaf on the women’s side.

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