ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the second consecutive week, Carleton College’s Erik Klontz (Jr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) was selected as the MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week. Klontz was at his best, rewriting the Thorpe Pool record books in three of his four of his events during Saturday’s dual meet against Saint John’s University. He won two individual events and anchored a pair of first-place relays.
Individually, Klontz won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races with new Thorpe Pool standards in both events. In the 50, he met the NCAA 'B' mark with his new record time of 20.87 seconds, and his new record time in the 100 was 46.97 seconds. Finally, he swam a 45.26 final leg of the 400-yard medley relay to help his team secure a first-place finish and a record time of 3:34.10 seconds, expunging the longest-standing pool record on the books. Finally, Klontz swam a 45.63 in his anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay to also lead that team to victory.
His second-straight MIAC honor comes just a week after he won three events, met a 'B' standard and set a pool record at Gustavus.
Klontz will try to continue his record-setting season as he and his Carleton teammates will be back in the pool for another dual meet Saturday, Jan. 21. The Knights travel to Winona to face Saint Mary's starting at 1 p.m.