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ISSUE 121 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/22/2008

Gustavus bests swimmers at MIACs

By Julie Howard
Staff Writer

Friday, February 22, 2008

Last weekend at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, the talents of each of the 49 St. Olaf swimmers and divers were not enough to overcome perennial rival Gustavus Adolphus. Both the men and women fell short of the Gusties to finish second place in the meet held at the University of Minnesota.

In the men's competition, Gustavus scored 874 points to finish 131 points ahead of the Oles, while the St. Olaf women's score of 645 left them 52 points behind the champions from St. Peter and behind the Gusties for the second straight year. In 2007, the St. Olaf men edged Gustavus for the MIAC Championship.

Though each team member lent support to the Oles' cause, there were several outstanding performances. Jen Marzolf '08 scored major points for the Ole women with her first-place swims in the 1,650 freestyle and 200 butterfly, as well as her third-place finish in the 500 free. Her time in the 1,650 time also earned a "B cut," which means that Marzolf will be considered for participation at the NCAA meet.

First-year Kjersten Grinde also earned a "B" cut and a first-place finish in the women's 100 breaststroke.

The women's 800 freestyle relay, consisting of Jamie Fredeen '10, Aly Janzen '08, Alli Beardsley '11 and Christina Roberts '08 finished first, with a NCAA consideration time.

In the diving portion, Alyssa Germeroth '10 finished first on both the one-meter and three-meter boards to garner recognition as Female Diver of the Meet and is also being considered for the NCAA meet.

On the men's side, Nelson Westby '09 made his mark in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, each of which earned him automatic qualification for the NCAA National Meet with "A" cut times.

Junior Jake Koch's first place finish in the 100 freestyle broke the meet record, school record and also automatically qualified him for the NCAAs.

Adam Meyer '09, Nate Bentley '10, Westby and Koch won the 400 medley relay earned a "B" cut time. Diver Ryan Trostrud '11 contributed important points to the men's team with fourth-place finishes on the one-meter and three-meter boards.

Junior Kaegan Recher also won the "Sportsmanship Award" for being an exemplary teammate, while Carrie Heiberg '10 won on the women's side.

Despite the loss, Heiberg was exuberant in her reaction to the meet. "We saw some absolutely incredible swims," Heiberg said. "I don't think I'll ever again jump as high as I was during Jen Marzolf's mile."

Carol Ann Pederson '09 added, "This is the kind of meet that gives you goosebumps. The level of competition and comeraderie is outside of anything we experience in season."

Other swimmers with national consideration times include Beardsley, Chris Bateman '11, Meyer, Luke Murrell '11 and Jacob Reinhart '11. Among the relays, the women's 400 medley, the men's 200 medley and the men's 200 freestyle are receiving consideration for the NCAAs.

The women's NCAA meet will be March 15-17, with the men competing March 20-22. Both meets will be held in Oxford, Ohio.

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