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Knights Finish Fifth at MIAC Championships

February 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm
Mamoru Kanazawa
Mamoru Kanazawa
Photo: Marilyn Indahl

MINNEAPOLIS – The Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the three days of competition at the MIAC Championships with a fifth-place showing in the team competition. The final day included all-conference individual performances by Erik Klontz (Jr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Benito Ramirez (So./Saint Louis Park, Minn./Minneapolis South) as well as an All-MIAC performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Klontz was second in the 100-yard freestyle, earning All-MIAC honors for the second time this year. He touched the wall at 45.18, a NCAA ‘B’ cut time but 0.03 seconds behind winner Michael Gratz of St. Olaf. Ramirez placed third in the 200-yard butterfly as his time of 1:55.33 ranked third overall.

Carleton closed the meet with all-conference honors in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Mamoru Kanazawa (Jr./Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International School), Ramirez, Ross Brown (So./Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls), and Klontz placed third overall with a time of 3:07.23.

By winning the final relay, the University of St. Thomas accumulated enough points to surpass St. Olaf College for the team total 765-762. Gustavus Adolphus College was third with 570 points, followed by Saint John’s University (456) and Carleton (426).

The Knights’ other point scorers on day three include Jaymes Awbrey (Jr./Farmington, Minn./Farmington Senior), who finished 14th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, with a time of 17:34.51.

Tom Holmes (Jr./Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington) was eighth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.90. Christian Edwards (So./Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) and Michael Goodgame (Fy./Westport, Conn./Staples) were 11th and 15th overall in the same event.

In addition to Klontz’s performance in the 100 freestyle, Kanazawa was 10th at 47.06.

Djem Kissiov (Sr./Madison, Wis./West) and Jesse Gourevitch (So./Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley) palced 11th and 12th respectively in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Andy Hardt (Jr./Mount Kisco, N.Y./American School in London), Will Sparks (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), Casey Andree (Sr./Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North), and Evan Harris (Fy./Lexington, S.C./Lexington) all competed in the consolation finals, placing 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th, respectively.

Leo Hummel (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield) and Chris Frills (Jr./Chicago, Ill./North Lawndale College Prep) both advanced to the finals of the 3-meter diving competition. They placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Carleton’s All-MIAC Performances—2012 MIAC Championships

50-yard freestyle
1. Erik Klontz (Jr., Carleton) 20.30… set Carleton and MIAC meet record (20.18) during prelims

200-yard medley relay
3. Carleton (1:34.46)
Mamoru Kanazawa, Jesse Gourevitch, Benito Ramirez, Erik Klontz

200-yard freestyle
3. Mamoru Kanazawa (Jr., Carleton) 1:42.44

100-yard freestyle
2. Erik Klontz (Jr., Carleton) 45.18

200-yard butterfly
3. Benito Ramirez (So., Carleton) 1:55.33

400-yard freestyle relay
3. Carleton (3:07.23)
Mamoru Kanazawa, Benito Ramirez, Ross Brown, Erik Klontz