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Result: Klontz 8th in 50 freestyle (All-America)

Men's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Division III Championships

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 – Prelims: 10 a.m. / Finals: 6:00 p.m at Indianapolis, Ind. - IU Natatorium

All-American Erik Klontz Shines in First Trip to NCAA Championships

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Final Results

Erik Klontz, Men's Swimming and Diving headshotINDIANAPOLIS – Carleton College junior Erik Klontz (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) concluded his first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships with a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, earning All-America Honorable Mention. Earlier at the national meet, he placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle to secure All-America distinction.

On Saturday, he posted a time of 44.96 in the prelims of the 100 freestyle, then came back in the evening and touched the wall at 44.89, bettering his own school record.

Kenyon College’s Zachary Turk broke his own NCAA Championships record in winning the event with a time of 43.16.

Klontz’s top performance of the meet came on Wednesday in the 50 freestyle. He won his preliminary-round heat with a time of 20.28, the fifth-fastest time of the session. During the championship final that night, he touched the wall at 20.50, good for eighth place.

He is the first Carleton men’s swimmer to earn All-American distinction in the 50-yard freestyle and is the ninth student-athlete in the history of Carleton men’s swimming to earn All-American status (SEE CHART BELOW).

Turk also won that event—doing so for the third time (also 2009 and 2010)—with a time of 19.52 to edge teammate and defending champ David Somers. During the prelims, Turk broke his own NCAA Championships record when he reached the wall in 19.38 seconds.

Klontz also swam the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday. That is the weakest of his three events, and he posted a time of 51.73 but did not advance to the evening session.

“Erik’s having a good meet and an excellent showing for his first trip to nationals,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark after Thursday’s swim. “We’re impressed with what he’s doing. To be able to come in and achieve a top-eight finish at a national championship of this caliber is an outstanding accomplishment.”

Although he was Carleton’s only representative, Klontz accumulated 18 points in the team competition, second among MIAC squads. St. Olaf College had four swimmers at the meet and has amassed 21 points. None of the four University of St. Thomas swimmers tallied a team point.


Carleton Men’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans:

Year         Athlete(s)

1969  --  Dave Gisselquist (200 breast – 6th)
1983  --  Ken Potts (1-meter diving – 9th, 3-meter diving – 9th)
1988  --  Greg Sampson (200 breast – 2nd)
         --  Bob Crawford (100 free – 4th
1989  --  Greg Sampson (100 breast – 2nd, 200 breast – 1st)
1990  --  Greg Sampson (100 breast – 1st , 200 breast – 1st)
1991  --  Greg Sampson (100 breast – 1st, 200 breast – 1st, 200 IM – 5th)
         --  Geoffrey Isaacman (200 fly – 7th)
1992  --  Geoffrey Isaacman (200 fly – 4th)
1995  --  Max Harper (100 breast – 7th)
1996  --  Max Harper (100 breast – 2nd, 200 breast – 5th, 200 IM – 8th)
2003  --  Jason Brown (100 free – 7th, 200 free – 7th)
2006  --  Ted Marschall (400 IM – 5th)
2007  --  Ted Marschall (200 IM – 4th, 400 IM – 4th)
2008  --  Ted Marschall (200 IM – 2nd, 400 IM – 2nd, 200 breast – 4th)
2009  --  Ted Marschall (200 IM – 5th, 200 breast – 8th)
2012  --  Erik Klontz (50 free – 8th)

All-American Honorable Mention:

Year       Athlete(s)

1986  --  Blake Hoel (100 breast – 10th, 200 breast – 11th)
1988  --  Bob Crawford (50 free – 10th, 200 free – 7th)
         --  Blake Hoel (400 IM – 10th)
         --  Greg Sampson (100 breast – 9th)
         --  Greg Sampson, Blake Hoel, Dan Trajano, Bob Crawford (400 MR – 9th)
         --  Bob Crawford, Blake Hoel, Greg Sampson, Hudson Murrell (800 FR – 12th)
1989  --  Blake Hoel, Hudson Murrell, Greg Sampson, Dan Trajano (800 FR – 15th)
1992  --  Geoffrey Isaacman (100 fly – 11th)
1995  --  Max Harper (200 breast – 10th)
1997  --  Max Harper (100 breast – 16th)
1998  --  Max Harper (100 breast – 11th)
2002  --  Jason Brown (50 free – 15th, 100 free – 11th)
2003  --  Jason Brown (50 free – 13th)
2006  --  Ted Marschall (200 IM – 13th)
2007  --  Ted Marschall (200 breast – 11th)
2009  --  Ted Marschall (400 IM – 9th)
2010  --  Eric Brenner (1-meter diving – 16th)
2011  --  Eric Brenner (1-meter diving – 10th)
2012  --  Erik Klontz (100 free – 10th)