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ISSUE 120 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/10/2006

Winter Preview, Women's Swimming & Diving: Talent to defend title

By Eric Monek Anderson
Sports Editor

Friday, November 10, 2006

The two-time defending MIAC champion St. Olaf women’'s swimming and diving team has high aspirations again this year. However, the women lost several key swimmers from their 2005-2006 team, including individual MIAC champion Carly Knoell and school record-holder Hannah Berg, among others.

Gustavus, Carleton and St. Ben’'s will be St. Olaf’'s prime competition in the MIAC, though the Oles are 64-0 in duel meets during the tenure of co-head coaches Dave and Bob Hauck. “"Depth is the concern right now, but we certainly have talent at the top,"” Bob Hauck said.

Key returners for St. Olaf include distance freestyler Kelly Dolan ‘'07, sprinter Mikayla Meyer ‘'07, Julia Rood ‘'07 and juniors Christina Roberts, Marcie Dierks, Jen Marzolf and transfer Aly Janzen. A few first-year swimmers with important roles are Jamie Fredeen, Carrie Heiberg, Jessie Gibbons and diver Alyssa Germeroth.

Despite winning last year’s conference title, the Oles didn'’t send any female swimmers to the NCAA Championships. In fact, not a single MIAC school was represented at the Division III national meet. St. Olaf will strive for its 24th MIAC title during the Hauck's’ tenure, and look to add an NCAA Championship swimmer or two to their resume in 2006-2007.

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