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ISSUE 120 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 11/3/2006

Swimming opens sharply

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, November 3, 2006

Both the men'’s and women'’s swimming and diving teams opened their season at the annual Northfield Relays at Carleton on Saturday.

A season ago, the men finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and second in the MIAC, falling short of longtime powerhouse Gustavus.

On the women’'s side, the Oles won their second MIAC title in a row and 14th all-time.

Both squads hope to achieve elite status among a very competitive MIAC conference for the 2006-2007 campaign.

Fortunately, both teams have valuable senior leadership. Captains Joe Anderson ‘'07 and Kelly Dolan ‘'07 know what it takes to display the Oles on the national front.

On Saturday, the men were victorious in the 900-yard freestyle relay, the 300-yard breastroke relay, the 300-yard butterfly relay, the 300-yard backstroke relay, the 300-yard medley individual medley relay as well as the 1,100-yard freestyle animal relay.

In all of these events, Gustavus came in a close second.

The women achieved similar, promising results. The Oles won the 900-yard freestyle relay, the 300-yard butterfly relay and the 400-yard individual medley relay.

St. Olaf also claimed the mixed 200-yard medley race.

The event consisted of a majority of MIAC foes, including Carleton, St. Thomas and Hamline.

The first dual meet of the season for the men and women is on Nov. 10 at home against Gustavus, which could prove pivotal in the conference title race for both teams.

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