With one competition under its belt, St. Thomas Swim-Dive starts a busy stretch on Friday with a 6 p.m. dual meet at St. Olaf. This if the first of four weekends over the next six weeks St. Thomas will compete in the pool.
Coach Scott Blanchard's Tommies had some good swims at home at the Oct. 18 St. Thomas Relays.
The women's will attempt to repeat as conference champion, while the men will look to match or improve on their MIAC runner-up placing of last February.
Top returners for the Tommies this season include:
- sophomore Anna Astrup, who last winter won the 100 and 200 flys and swam on the winning 200 medley relay at the MIAC Championships, and joined seniors Ashley Christensen and Kirsten Nelson in competing on several relays in the NCAA Championships.
- sophomore diver Emily Weldon, who competed in the regional diving meet last winter
- sophomore diver Peyton Ekman, the MIAC three-meter champ;
- junior Gretchen Behrens, who took second in the MIAC meet 1650 free in a school-record time of 17:19.14.
For the Tommie men, several MIAC top-two finishers lead the returners:
- junior Adam Boerner was conference champ in the 1,650 free and runner-up in the 500 free.
- junior Nate Stone won the 200 fly.
- sophomore John Gahnz was MIAC runner-up in the 200 back, third in the 100 back, and led off the second-place 400 medley relay.
- sophomore Logan Shafer is coming off a second-place MIAC finsh in the 200 breaststroke.
- sophomore Noah Faldet broke a school record in the 100 breaststroke in a runner-up placing, and was part of a new school record in the 200 medley relay.
- sophomore Garrett Riley anchored the 400 free relay to second place.
- senior Michael Foss also contributed to several top-four relays.