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ISSUE 121 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/16/2007

Men storm rivals

By Julie Howard
Staff Writer

Friday, November 16, 2007

By a conclusive score of 157.5 to 142.5, the St. Olaf men's swimming and diving team took down long-time rival Gustavus in dual meet competition for the second-straight year. The Oles also bested the Gusties at the MIAC Championships last year.

However, the accomplishment was not easy. According to co-head coach Bob Hauck, the meet was "intense as always, but in a positive way.

"You don't get many meets like that, with such closely matched teams who have an ongoing rivalry the way we do with Gustavus, " Hauck said.

Whereas coaches held some uncertainty about where to place the women, the men's side was slightly more predictable. "Things were much clearer with where to place the men [in each event], because we are strong all around, though Gustavus is equally strong," Hauck said.

The Oles matched and one-upped the Gusties' considerable talent through several standout swims. Nate Bentley '10 posted three in-season personal best times, winning the 100 breaststroke outright and placing second in the 200 breast and the 200 IM.

Jake Koch '09 faced some of the best competition at the Division III level and came out with two in-season best times. Adam Meyer '09 easily won both backstroke events. Hauck called Meyer "a difference maker."

Standout swimmer and possible legend-in-the making Nelson Westby '09 scored his points by winning the 50 free, 200 IM and 100 fly.

Westby was also a member of the victorious 200 medley relay squad. Jacob Reinhart '11 added another win for the Oles in the 200 breast, just ahead of Bentley.

Rookie diver Ryan Tostrud '11 contributed to the effort with a victory on the three-meter board and a runner-up finish on the one-meter board.

Saturday, the Oles hosted a quad meet featuring Hamline, Augsburg and St. Mary's. In point comparisons between each pair of schools, St. Olaf managed to best each of its opponents.

Bentley was named the MIAC's Swimmer of the Week after collecting four individual and relay crowns over the weekend.

While the divers compete at the Macalester Invite Saturday, Ole swimmers are off until the Carthage Invite Nov. 30.

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