MINNEAPOLIS – Erik Klontz (Jr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), who won the 50-yard freestyle on Friday night, was first to the wall in the 100-yard freestyle on day two at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite. The meet—held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center—includes racers from NCAA Division I, II and III programs from around the region.
In Friday's sprint event, klontz bested bested seven racers from NCAA Division I and II programs. On Saturday, he posted his second NCAA “B” cut time of the weekend by winning the 100 freestyle in 45.83, finishing ahead of two D-I swimmers and a pair of D-II racers by nearly three-tenths of a second. The victorious time moved him into third place on Carleton’s all-time list in this event. Klontz also advanced to the B final in the 100 butterfly.
The top 32 individual finishers during the preliminary round advanced to the evening session, where they were divided into A-B-C-D groups based on their preliminary-round times.
All told, the Knights earned 16 slots in the finals. The other Carleton swimmers grabbing spots in the Saturday evening swim session were:
- Evan Harris (Fy./Lexington, S.C.) and Will Sparks (Fy./Evanston, Ill.) in the B final of the 400 IM.
- Ross Brown (So./Chippewa Falls, Wis.) and Andy Hardt (Jr./Mount Kisco, N.Y.) in the C final of the 400 IM. Brown also made the D final in the 100 butterfly.
- Kevin Hallman (Sr./Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) in the D final of the 400 IM.
- Mamoru Kanazwa (Jr./Tokyo, Japan) in the B final of the 100 freestyle and C final of the 100 butterfly.
- Benito Ramirez (So./St. Louis Park, Minn.) in the B final of the 100 butterfly and C final of the 100 freestyle.
- Tom Holmes (Jr./Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Christian Edwards (So./Atlanta, Ga.) in the C final of the 100 backstroke.
- Michael Goodgame (Fy./Westport, Conn.) in the D final of the 100 backstroke.
- Jesse Gourevitch (So./Ardsley, N.Y.)in the D final of the 200 breaststroke
Harris finished 17th, Jaymes Awbrey (Jr./Farmington, Minn.) 24th and Hardt 25th in the 1650 freestyle. This was the lone event were preliminary swims were not held to determine the 32 finalists.
The Knights now pack their bags and head south for their 10-day winter break competition and training trip. In addition to challenging practices in the Florida Keys and Fort Lauderdale, Carleton will swim against Kalamazoo (Mich.) College on Sunday, Dec. 11.
MINNEAPOLIS – Erik Klontz won the 50-yard freestyle in record-breaking fashion to highlight a strong overall showing by the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team on day one of the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite.
Klontz came into the meet with the top time in the MIAC in the shortest of the spring races and left with that distinction still in tact. Seeded fifth after the preliminary round, he won by nearly four-tenths of a second as he reached the wall at 20.65. Of the other seven swimmers in the championship final, three came from Division I programs and the other four compete at the Division II level. Klontz earned a NCAA “B” cut time.
Additionally, Klontz’s time shattered his own team record established last spring. He bested that mark by 0.3 seconds.
Carleton’s top entry in the 200-yard freestyle relay finished fourth. The quartet of Klontz, Benito Ramirez, Ross Brown, and Mamoru Kanazawa posted a time of 1:26.34, the top showing by a Division III program.
The Knights saw 100 percent season-best times for the men. “Outstanding showing on their end,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark. “Great mid-season swims.”
Kanazawa was second in the B final of the 200 freestyle and third in the B final of the 500 freestyle. Klontz and Ramirez also made it to the B final of the 200 freestyle.
Other Carleton swimmers grabbing spots in the evening swim session were:
- Evan Harris and Ramirez in the C final of the 500 freestyle.
- Will Sparks finished fifth in the B final of the 200 butterfly and advanced to the D final of the 500 freestyle.
- Brown in the C final of the 200 IM.
- Jesse Gourevitch in the C final of the 100 breaststroke and the D final of the 200 IM.
- Djem Kissiov (Sr./Madison, Wis.) in the D final of the 100 breaststroke.
- Tom Holmes and Michael Goodgame in the C final of the 200 backstroke.
- Christian Edwards, Andy Hardt, Jaymes Awbrey and Andrew Cely (Fy./Plano, Texas) in the D final of the 200 backstroke.
- Casey Andree and Hardt in the C final of the 200 butterfly.
- Eli Danson (Fy./Wausau, Wis.) and Cely in the D final of the 200 butterfly.
Mamoru, Gourevitch, Ramirez and Klontz took seventh overall—second among Division III programs—in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:37.51.