MINNEAPOLIS – Before leaving the water on the final day of the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, the Carleton College men’s team picked up four more All-MIAC performance to solidify its standing of third place in the team competition. The last swim of the weekend was a school-record time in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
St. Olaf defended its 2013 crown with 848 points, with St. Thomas (740 points), Carleton (536), Gustavus (498.5), and Saint John’s (429) rounding out the top five squads.
Saturday saw the team push itself to its limits. Of the 16 Carleton men who qualified for the consolation or championship finals, 14 swam personal bests. And when the evening had ended, eight spots on Carleton’s top-10 teams would need to be rewritten.
First came the long-distance 1650-yard freestyle. Alex Mathson (Fy./Verona, Wis./Verona) took fifth in the nineteen-strong field with a 16.48.46 time that was not merely a personal best, but also the third-best in Carleton history. He was followed by teammates Aaron Reynolds (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) and Andrew Cely (Jr./Plano, Texas/Plano), both of whom also set personal records. Cely’s time of 17:55.50 was more than a minute faster than he had swam the event before.
In the next event, the 200-yard backstroke, Christian Edwards (Sr./Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School)qualified for the consolation final after his prelim time of 1:59.57 qualified as a personal best. In the championship final, his teammates came through in major fashion. Aaron Schwab (Fy./Elk River, Minn./Elk River) and Jonathan Brodie (So./ Fremont, Calif./Washington) finished second and fourth in 1:53.35 and 1:54.16, respectively – both personal bests. Those marks now rank second and third all-time at Carleton.
Carleton record charts continued to be rewritten in the 100-yard freestyle. George George McAneny (So./Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz) 46.77 finish in the consolation final was good for eighth best in team history. Lahr and Grinich raced in the championship heat, placing third and fifth, respectively, at 46.02 and 46.65. Those PR’s were good enough to rand fourth and seventh all-time at Carleton.
The Knights knotched their first NCAA qualification in the 200-yard breaststroke. Evan Harris (Jr./Lexington, S.C./Lexington) took third with a personal-best time of 2:03.57 that made the NCAA “B” cut. It also ranks third in Carleton history. In the consolation final, Ross Brown (Sr./Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls), Jesse Gourevitch (Sr./Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley), and Grant Terrien (Fy./Bloomington, Minn./John F Kennedy School) each posted personal records.
The Knights’ last individual event of the weekend was the 200-yard butterfly. Wilson Josephson (So./Mount Hermon, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) and Eli Danson (Jr./Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) swam personal-best times of 1:57.38 and 1:57.83, respectively as they finished sixth and seventh. Will Sparks (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) also swam a new PR in the consolation final.
The Knights, however, had saved some excitement for a grand finale. In the final heat of the final event on the last day of the championships—the 400-yard freestyle relay—Lahr, Grinich, Harris, and McAneny combined to take third in 3:04.33. That All-MIAC swim was good enough to break the school record set just last year.
Carleton’s All-MIAC Performances—2014 MIAC Championships
200-yard freestyle relay
2. Carleton (1:22.91) — NCAA “B” cut time
Stephen Grinich, Evan Lahr, George McAneny, Benito Ramirez
3. Evan Harris (Jr., Carleton) 4:40.06
2. Evan Lahr (Fr., Carleton) 20.82 — NCAA “B” cut time
3. Stephen Grinich (So., Carleton) 20.85 — NCAA “B” cut time
800-yard freestyle relay
3. Carleton (6:59.72)
Stephen Grinich, Evan Harris, Alex Mathson, Benito Ramirez
2. Aaron Schwab (Fr., Carleton) 1:53.35
3. Evan Lahr (Fr., Carleton) 46.02
3. Evan Harris (Jr., Carleton) 2:03.57 — NCAA “B” cut time
400-yard freestyle relay
3. Carleton (3:04.33) — NCAA “B” cut time… school record
Evan Lahr, Stephen Grinich, George McAneny, Evan Harris