MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Fresh off Thursday’s amazing individual effort by Erik Klontz (Sr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and the Knights’ first relay victory in 25 years, the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team broke a pair of team records on day two of the MIAC Championships as the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay both achieved NCAA “B” cut times.
Mamoru Kanazawa (Sr./Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Evan Harris (So./Lexington, S.C./Lexington), Klontz, and George McAneny (Fy./Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz) began the evening at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center by breaking the school record in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet bettered the previous mark by more than a second, finishing at 1:32.73, good enough for third place and All-MIAC distinction.
The Knights capped the session with a team-record time of 6:52.06 in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Benito Ramirez (Jr./Saint Louis Park, Minn./Minneapolis South), Erik Klontz, Andy Hardt (Sr./Mount Kisco, N.Y./American School London), and Kanazawa raced to a third-place showing to pick up All-MIAC honors.
With one day left in the conference championship, the Knights are now fourth with 345 points. St. Olaf College leads the team competition with 529 points followed by University of St. Thomas (464), Gustavus (364) and Carleton.
Between the strong relay performances, the Knights saw three more individuals pick up All-MIAC recognition. Hardt grabbed all-conference recognition for the first time in his career with a third-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley. He is now the program’s second-fastest swimmer in the event after touching the wall at 4:07.15, a NCAA “B” cut time. Will Sparks (So./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) took 10th in the event with a time of 4:17.34.
Klontz picked up another All-MIAC certificate—he has now has five at this year’s meet—with a third-place result in the 100-yard butterfly at 51.30. Ramirez won the consolation heat to place ninth at 51.81. After nabbing the 16th spot during the preliminary round, Wilson Josephson (Fy./Mount Hermon, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) moved up to 12th with a time of 53.36 to earn the Knights some additional points.
Kanazawa secured All-MIAC status in the 200-yard freestyle as his third-place time of 1:41.22 shattered his season best and was a NCAA “B” cut time. Stephen Grinich (Fy./McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) also advanced to the championship heat and took eighth at 1:44.72.
Harris earned the eighth and final spot in the championship heat of the 100-yard breaststroke, then moved up to sixth place with a time of personal-best time 58.55. That figure ranks him fourth all-time at Carleton.
Jonathan Brodie (Fy./Fremont, Calif./Washington) bested teammate Tom Holmes (Sr./Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington) for the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke consolation final. They finished at 52.77 and 53.77 respectively, both career-bests. Brodie now ranks No. 2 all-time at Carleton in this event with Holmes tied for seventh. Christian Edwards (Jr./Atlanta, Ga./ Lovett) was 16th after grabbing the last spot in the evening session with a 55.79 during prelims.
Action in the three-day event concludes on Saturday. The prelims once again start at 10:30 a.m. with the finals slated for 6:30 p.m. Visit the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships website for live video, live results, and more.
Carleton’s All-MIAC Performances—2013 MIAC Championships
200-yard freestyle relay
1. Carleton (1:21.55) — NCAA “B” cut time
Erik Klontz, George McAneny, Stephen Grinich, Mamoru Kanazawa
1. Erik Klontz (Sr., Carleton) 19.83 — NCAA “A” cut time… set Carleton and MIAC record (19.66) during prelims. That is third-fastest time in NCAA Division III history.
200-yard medley relay
3. Carleton (1:32.73) — set school record — NCAA “B” cut time
Mamoru Kanazawa, Evan Harris, Erik Klontz, and George McAneny
400-yard individual medley
3. Andy Hardt (Sr., Carleton) 4:07.15 — NCAA “B” cut time
3. Erik Klontz (Sr., Carleton) 51.30
3. Mamoru Kanazawa (Sr., Carleton) 1:41.22 — NCAA “B” cut time
800-yard freestyle relay
3. Carleton (6:52.06) — set school record — NCAA “B” cut time
Benito Ramirez, Erik Klontz, Andy Hardt, Mamoru Kanazawa