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Men's S&D chasing Gustavus with two days to go at MIACs

Photo by B.J. Pickard, MIAC Office
Photo by B.J. Pickard, MIAC Office


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Gustavus has widened its lead atop the team standings with two days left in the MIAC Swim-Dive Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Dinkytown.

With 13 events still to go on Saturday and Sunday nights, Gustavus has 360 points to 280 for second-place St. Thomas, and 145 for third-place St. Olaf.

The Tommie 400 medley relay placed second in 3:22.14 with John Gahnz, Noah Faldet, Max Larson and Tom Negaard.

The 500 free was a strong event for the Purple, as sophomore Adam Boerner placed second, and Nate Stone, Sam Johnson and Nate Ruegemer placed 5-6-7.

In the 200 IM, St. Thomas placed 6-8-9-11-12 with Larson, Gahnz, Logan Shafer, Faldet and Lucas Manke.

In the 50 free, Negaard placed third to lead the Tommies. They also received places of 7-9-10-14 from Garrett Riley, Omar Omar, Michael Foss and Bryce Hoppe.

Saturday's sessions are at 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.


Friday mid-day story

Tommie Men's Swim-Dive had a good morning at the prelim round of the MIAC Championships, and advanced 14 athletes into Friday night's finals in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free.

St. Thomas trails Gustavus by 31 points early in the team scoring with 17 events still to go through Sunday.

Friday finals for men come in the 400 medley relay and the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free.

In the 500, all four Tommie entrants finishhed in the top seven of the prelims to make the championship heat. Adam Boerner, Nate Stone, Nate Ruegemer and Sam Johnson had a 1-3-6-7 prelim showing.

In the 200 IM, John Gahnz led a 5-7-10-11-16 Tommie showing. Max Larson joins Gahnz in the championship heat, while Logan Shafer, Noah Faldet and Lucas Manke also will swim tonight in the consolation heat.

In the 50 free, Tom Negaard led a 3-4-9-10-12 finish. Garret Riley and Negaard are in the championship heat, while Omar Omar, Michael Foss and Bryce Hoppe are in the consolation heat.




Thursday story

Tommie Men's Swim-Dive posted a first place and third place in two relays on Thursday and are in second place behind Gustavus after the opening night of the MIAC Championships in at the U of M Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

With three of 20 events completed, Gustavus (130), St. Thomas (99) and St. Olaf (86) hold the first three spots in the eight-team field.

Seventeen events will still be contested over the next three days with a morning prelim session and an evening finals session.

The Toms' 200 medley relay team placed first in a school-record time of 1:30.45 with Tom Negaard, Noah Faldet, Max Larson and Garrett Riley.

The 800 free relay took third in 6:59.51 with Nate Stone, Hunter Neilsen, Adam Boerner and Sam Johnson.

In three-meter diving, Andrew Godfrey (434.80) and Sam Serleth (431.05) placed 5-6.

Friday's first session starts at 10:30 a.m.



The MIAC Swim-Dive Championships starts a four-day run Thursday evening through Sunday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

St. Thomas will attempt to again set the pace in the team races. 

The Tommie men have won four consecutive MIAC team titles, and six of the last nine. The St. Thomas women have claimed the team crown three years in a row. Both teams are bracing for good battles this week.

Here's a look at some of the leaders for the Purple and Coach Scott Blanchard:

  • Senior Katelyn Strauss will attempt to win the 200 fly for the fourth year in a row. She's also the returning champ in the 100 fly and 500 free. Strauss has been a part of 15 MIAC relay/individual crowns so far on her conference-meet career.
  • Senior Alex Howard was a two-event winner individually as a sophomore in February 2017 and is a 10-time career relay winner; she'll have another busy week on relays and other races;
  • Ashley Christensen will attempt to repeat as champion in the 100 breaststroke;
  • Kirsten Nelson will look to win again in the 200 back.
  • Tom Negaard swept the 50 and 100 free races last season as a junior, and is looking to close out his career here and at nationals on a high note. He's already been a part of nine relay/individual crowns in his three seasons, with five other top-three placings.
  • Max Larson will attempt to win his third consecutive 400 IM championship.

On the men's side, St. Thomas expects a strong challenge from Gustavus. The Tommies have a league-best 37 performances ranked in the top five of the conference in individual swim races.

On the women's side, St. Thomas expects strong challenges from St. Catherine and Gustavus. The Tommies will need to rely on depth as they have a league-best 47 performances ranked in the top 10 of the conference in individual events. That includes nine top-three seeds, plus one top-ranked relay.