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ISSUE 119 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/18/2005

Winter Preview, Women's Swimming and Diving: Women eye title repeat

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor
and Ryan Maus
Staff Writer

Friday, November 18, 2005

After winning the MIAC championship for the second time in two years last season, the St. Olaf women’'s swimming and diving team has high expectations this year.

Head coach Dave Hauck knows that depth will be a key component to his team’s' success this winter.

“"We were really pleased to see that both teams have very good depth, especially on the women’'s side,”" Hauck said. "What we’ve seen so far this year has been very encouraging.”"

The Ole women, who have already defeated conference rival Gustavus in their first dual meet of the young season, return a number of outstanding swimmers. Kelly Dolan ‘'07, who won three events in Friday'’s convincing victory over the Gusties, appears poised for a breakout season. Seniors Katie Blum, Emily Love and Carly Knoell also figure to be key contributors as the Oles pursue their second-consecutive conference title.

On the diving side, St. Olaf should benefit greatly from the addition of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill transfer Kirsten Ytterbo ‘'08. Yterbo was one of the Division-I Tar Heels'’ top diver last season and is a three-time Minnesota state champion.

“"Diving will be a key strength for us this year,"” Hauck said.

St. Olaf has already participated in two meets this season and will swim in the University of Minnesota Invitational this weekend.

Also contributing to this preview were Matt Stortz and Peter Gloviczki. Special thanks to Mike Ludwig and the St. Olaf Sports Information Department.

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