The 2012 MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships website features the complete event schedule, psych sheet, ticket information, venue information and a map, as well as links to the live broadcast and results. The site will be updated by conference the office throughout the event with recaps, photos and more.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota Aquatic Center will again play host to one of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's most popular event as the 2012 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships prepare to return to Minneapolis this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-18.
Due to construction at the U of M, the only working entrance to the facility will be on the University Ave. side (north side).
There will be a total of six sessions over the three days, with both a morning and an evening session each day. The morning sessions - each starting at 10:30 a.m. - will feature preliminary races and diving, followed by event finals each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for each morning session and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The doors for Saturday's final session will open at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at either a single-session rate, or all-session passes will also be available for purchase. Single-session admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students, while the all-session passes cost $40 for adults and $20 for students. This year, the price of admission includes a heat sheet at each session.
2011 Championship Finish: 3rd (484 points)
The Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team has finished in the top three at the MIAC Championships every year since 1995. Several Knights will need to perform at a top level for that streak to continue.
Molly Spence (Jr./Tacoma, Wash./Woodrow Wilson) earned All-MIAC distinction after finishing second in the 1,650-yard freestyle last year and has the second-fastest time in the conference this season. She earned all-conference honors two years ago in the 500-yard freestyle.
Carleton will look for points from senior Annie Metcalf (Bath, Maine/Morse), who is seeded second in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and owns the sixth-best time in the 400-yard individual medley.
Sophie Pilhofer (Jr./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) holds the second-fastest time in the conference this year in the 50-yard freestyle and finished just short of All-MIAC honors with a fourth-place result last year. She is ranked fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in 100-yard freestyle
With a breakout performance at the Minnesota Challenge meet, Erin McDuffie (Jr./Anchorage, Alaska/Service) holds the MIAC’s third-best time in the 50-yard freestyle and is now ranked fourth in the conference for both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. Milana Socha (So./Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) is now listed among the conference leaders in the three shortest freestyle races.
The team will look to score big points in the freestyle relays once again as the Knights hold this season’s second-best times at the 200-, 400-, and 800-yard distances. Pilhofer, McDuffie, and Socha earned All-MIAC honors last season as part of the third-place 200 free relay. The longest relay race saw Spence, McDuffie, and Socha help Carleton to another third-place result.
This year, Maggie Alexander (Sr./Tigard, Ore./Tualatin) will round out the lineup for all three freestyle relays. She ranks among the top 10 times in five individual events: 200 and 500 free, 100 and 200 backstroke, and 100 butterfly.
Diver Austen Chase (Sr./San Antonio, Texas/International School) scored on both boards at last year’s conference championship.
2011 Championship Finish: 5th (471.5 points)
The Carleton Men’s Swimming and Diving team hopes to break into the top four at the MIAC Championships this season, after finishing in fifth place in both 2010 and 2011.
The Knights have a chance to make some noise on the first day. Carleton has never won the 200-yard freestyle relay at the MIAC Championships, but the quartet of Erik Klontz (Jr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), Mamoru Kanazawa (Jr./Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary’s), Benito Ramirez (Fy./St. Louis Park, Minn./Minneapolis South), and Ross Brown (So./Chippewa Falls, Wis.) possesses the top time in the conference this year at 1:25.05.
Klontz, an All-MIAC performer in four events at last year’s championships, holds the top times in the conference this season for both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. He finished third in the 50 and fifth in the 100 at the 2011 Championships. Klontz carries a lot of momentum into this year’s conference meet, as he has not lost a 100-yard race to a Division III swimmer this season and has bested all but one D-III racer in the shorter distance.
Kanazawa earned All-MIAC distinction in six events (two individual and four relays) a year ago as he finished third in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle. This season, he owns the third-best time in the 200 free, fourth-fastest in the 500 free, fifth-best in the 100 backstroke, in addition to two other top 10 times.
Ramirez ranks fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and sixth at the 100-yard distance. He captured conference honors at the 200 fly last season and was part of Carleton’s All-MIAC 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays.
Jesse Gourevitch (So./Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley) also figures in the Knights plans with top eight finishes in the MIAC in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.
In addition to the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Knights are ranked among the top three in 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay. Last year they finished third in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, and second in the 800-yard freestyle relay breaking school records in all three events.
Divers Chris Frills (Jr./Chicago, Ill./North Lawndale Prep) and Leo Hummel (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield) are expected to score on both boards.