ST. PETER, Minn. – Senior Milana Socha (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) won a pair of freestyle sprints and first-year Maria Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem) added a victory in the 100-yard backstroke as the Carleton College women’s swimming program faced Gustavus Adolphus in a dual meet on Friday evening. This was the Knights’ first competition in nearly a month, having last raced an opponent during the squad’s winter break trip in Florida. "We had some great efforts and performances throughout the meet with many new best times," Carleton head coach Andy Clark said.
The Gusties are the four-time defending MIAC team champions and swam like it, reaching the wall first in 11 of the 14 swimming events and prevailing in both diving competitions en route to a 212-82 victory.
Socha was first to the wall in the 50-yard freestyle, as her finishing time of 24.20 was more than a half-second better than the event runner-up. Socha also prevailed in the 100 freestyle at 54.04.
Wetzel continued her strong rookie season by winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.07. She remains second on the MIAC leaderboard for the 200 backstroke after posting a runner-up time of 2:08.23.
Other second-place results were turned in Lydia Henderson (So./Castro Valley, Calif./Castro Valley) with 148.60 points in the 3-meter diving and the combination of Socha, Alexandra Guy (Jr./Denver, Colo./Denver School of the Arts), Alex Braiedy (Fy./Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka), and Madison McBride (So./Elko, Minn./Lakeville South) in the 200-yard freestyle. Jesse Weaver (So./Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) was the "Can of Corn" winner for her her swims, as she set a personal best and MIAC Q standard in the 500 free.
Carleton returns to Thorpe Pool for a dual meet against College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, Jan. 11. The first race begins at 1 p.m.