MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After two days of racing at the MIAC championships, the Carleton College men’s swimming team maintained its third-place standing with 355 points, behind St. Olaf and University of St. Thomas and ahead of Gustavus Adolphus. The lone All-MIAC swim came at the end of the evening in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
A cross-team string of strong races helped the Knights defend their position, as 14 of the 16 individual performances on Friday night were lifetime bests.
The evening session began with the 200-yard medley relay. Carleton’s entry of Aaron Schwab (Fy./Elk River, Minn./Elk River), Evan Harris (Jr./Lexington, S.C./Lexington), Benito Ramirez (Sr./Saint Louis Park, Minn./Minneapolis South), and Evan Lahr (Fy./Monticello, Minn./Monticello) took fifth with a time of 1:38.11.
The competition then moved to individual events, beginning with the 400 IM. Alex Mathson (Fy./Verona, Wis./Verona), swimming in the championship heat, took fourth with a personal-best time of 4:13.67.
The 100-yard butterfly saw Stephen Grinich (So./McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) establish a PR during the prelims, only to improve upon it by 0.01 second as he placed eighth overall at 51.97. Wilson Josephson (So./Mount Hermon, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) and Benito Ramirez (Sr./Saint Louis Park, Minn./Minneapolis South) added to the Knights’ point total with their performances in the consolation final.
Next, in the 200-yard freestyle, Ramirez and Lahr placed seventh and eighth respectively. Lahr established a new PR with his time of 1:44.83 during the morning prelims. Will Sparks (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and Josephson also had lifetime bests during the early session and raced in the consolation final.
Carleton earned four more spots in the two finals heats of the 100-yard breaststroke as each turned in a lifetime best on Friday. Harris also made a re-appearance in successful fashion. He tied for fourth in the championship final, touching the wall at 57.23, a NCAA “B” cut time. Teammates Jesse Gourevitch (Sr./Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley), Ross Brown (Sr./Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chippewa Falls), and Grant Terrien (Fy./Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) raced in the consolation heat.
The individual racing on Friday concluded with the 100-yard backstroke. Jonathan Brodie (So./Fremont, Calif./Washington) came in fourth with a time of 52.27. Schwab was next to reach the wall at 52.11 to claim fifth place. Christian Edwards (Sr./Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School) added another lifetime best with his morning swim (55.05).
Day two concluded with the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Grinich, Harris, Mathson, and Ramirez finished third and posted a time of 6:59.72, four seconds ahead of Gustavus.
If the Knights want to hold onto their place in the standings, the Knights will need a repeat performance up and down the lineup on Saturday, the third and final day of competition at the MIAC Championships. The prelims begin at 10:30 a.m. with the finals slated for 6:30 p.m.