St. Thomas Men and Women Win MIAC Championship

Photo Courtesy: Matt Riley

By Emma Foster, Swimming World College Intern 

The University of St. Thomas swept the women’s and men’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships highlighted by wins in the 400 free relays. On the women’s side, the team of Alex Howard (54.21) Emma Paulson (49.09) Kate Smarjesse (52.57) and Katelyn Strauss (52.15) won in a time of 3:28.02 just out touching Gustavus who was second in 3:28.47. St. Olaf was third in 3:31.49. On the men’s side, St. Thomas’s team of Luke Schneeman (46.76) Bailey Biwer (46.41) Warren Melton (46.41) and Michael Lanz (44.92) won in a time of 3:03.76. Carleton was second in 3:04.09, while St. John’s was third in 3:06.64.

In the 1650, Linnea Rizzo of Gustavus won the event in 17:43.27, out touching teammate Sydney Hallmark who was second in 17:46.36. Ann Herkenhoff of the Cobbers was third in 17:47.98.

On the men’s side, Warren Melton of St. Thomas definitevely won the event in a time of 16:04.38. Bobby Schhultze of St. Olaf was second in 16:12.31, while Hodd Gorman of Hamline of was third in 16:18.51.

In the 200 back, Emma Paulson of St. Thomas won, cracking the 2-minute barrier in a time of 1:59.72. Maria Wetzel of Carleton was second in 2:02.87, while Hayley Booher of Gustavus was third in 2:03.85.

On the men’s side, Tom Osmolak of St. Thomas was first in 1:48.22. Schwarzkopf was second in 1:51.61 while Brady Anderson of St. Thomas was third in 1:53.01.

In the 100 free, Kathleen Reilly of Gustavus was first in 51.49, out touching Maddie Lee of St. Olaf who was 52.00. Caroline Mather of Carleton was third in 52.35.

Kenny Bergman of St. Johns’s won the men’s 100 free by one-hundredth of a second, out touching teammate Paul Knaak. Bergman posted a 46.06 to Knaak’s 46.07, while Stephen Grinich of Carleton was third in 46.09.

In the 200 breast, St. Thomas lead the top three, with Nicole Herrli leading the way, winning in a time of 2:22.34. Melissa Rose followed in 2:26.26, while Kate Washenberger was third in 2:26.73.

Tanner Soonek of Gustavus won a close race in the 200 breast, out touching Nicholas Wilkerson of St. Olaf. Soonek was 2:04.06, while Wilkerson was second in 2:04.28. Maxwell Hamilton of St. Thomas was third in 2:05.59.

Katelyn Strauss of St. Thomas won the women’s 200 fly by over 7 seconds, in a time of 2:06.78. Alison Ellingson of St. Catherine was second in 2:13.94, while Halie Langanki of Carleton was third in 2:14.30.

Michael Lanz of St. Thomas lead his team’s sweep of the 200 fly in 1:50.76 with teammate Chris Tri taking second 1:53.36, and Brady Anderson was third in 1:55.17.

Women’s Scores:

  1. University of St. Thomas 873.5
  2. Gustavus 693
  3. St. Olaf College 485.5
  4. Carleton College 389
  5. College of Saint Benedict 326
  6. Saint Catherine University 269
  7. Macalester 182
  8. Concordia Cobbers 143
  9. Hamline University 140
  10. Saint Mary’s 130
  11. Augsburg 121

Men’s Scores:

  1. University of St. Thomas
  2. St. John’s University
  3. St. Olaf College
  4. Gustavus College
  5. Carleton College
  6. Hamline University
  7. Macalester College
  8. Saint Mary’s University
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Author: Emma Foster

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Emma Foster is an English and Gender Studies major at Seattle University and is a part of the Redhawks NCAA Division I team. Before college, Emma was a member of the Helena Lions Swim Team and the Helena High School squad.

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