NORTHFIELD, Minn. – It’s appropriate that a pair of seniors won two events apiece on Senior Day for the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team. Austen Chase (San Antonio, Texas/International School of the Americas) posted the top diving score on both boards, and Annie Metcalf (Bath, Maine/Morse) was first to the wall in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.
Prior to the day’s competition against St. Olaf College, a special tribute recognized the contributions and accomplishments of the eight seniors on the Carleton roster: Maggie Alexander (Tigard, Ore./Tualatin), Charlotte Alster (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills), Chase, Liz Furuya (Williston Park, N.Y.), Hannah Heavenrich (Berkley, Mich./Berkley), Clara Labadie (Washington, D.C./Lawrenceville School), Metcalf, and Mallory Pernell (Austin, Texas/Westlake).
“Big congratulations to all the seniors,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark. “It’s been a privilege and a lot of fun for all of the coaches to work with the seniors over the years. We couldn’t be more impressed and proud of that class and what they’ve accomplished.” It was an easy call for the coaches to award the “Can of Corn” swimmer of the meet award to the entire senior class.
Metcalf notched a winning time of 1:01.00 in the 100 backstroke and touched the wall at 2:12.15 at the longer distance.
Sophie Pilhofer (Jr./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) and Milana Socha (So./Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) went 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle.
Carleton finished the day with a triumph in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Socha, Pilhofer, Alexander and Erin McDuffie (Jr./Anchorage, Alaska/Service) posted a time of 1:39.93.
“The goal at this time of year is to build momentum, and this was by far the best output we’ve had since coming back from the holiday break,” noted Clark. “Across the ranks we had a total of 75 season-best performances. Our teams are in a great place going into the tapering phase. We expect to see many more exciting performances in the coming weeks.”
Carleton will be in action Feb. 3-4 at the Minnesota Challenge swim meet held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The MIAC Championships will be held two weeks later at the same venue.