NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Racing in the final home dual meet of her career, senior Sophie Pilhofer (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) figured in three event triumphs as the Carleton College women’s swimming & diving team hosted Gustavus Adolphus College. While the Knights saw many season-best performances, Carleton was unable to best the defending conference champions, falling 185-108.
The Knights won four events overall. Pilhofer was first to the wall in the 50-yard freestyle (24.73) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.99). She also led off the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay. Milana Socha (Jr./Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) picked up the other individual triumph with a narrow decision in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a winning time of 5:30.62 to edge the Gusties’ McKenna Jones by 0.14 second.
Senior Erin McDuffie (Anchorage, Alaska/Service) achieved season bests in the 100-yard freestyle (55.81) and 200-yard freestyle (2:03.04) and equaled her mark of 25.59 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. She finished third in all three events.
Rose Prullage (Sr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) was Carleton’s top finisher in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall in a season best time of 2:36.30. Grace Cormier (Sr./Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) placed second in the 200-yard backstroke behind Thorpe Pool record setter Alissa Tinklenberg. Cormier was also third at the 100-yard distance.
Jesse Weaver (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) was awarded the team’s “Can of Corn” for her reflection of the team’s attitude against the competitive Gusties and for her season best performance in the 100 freestyle.
The meet closed with a final Knight victory, this one in the 200-yard freestyle relay… and in dramatic fashion. Pilhofer opened with a 24.69 split, but by the midpoint of the race Gustavus held a 0.14-second lead. The visitors widened their lead ever so slightly on the third leg, but McDuffie hit the water, and the tide changed. She made up the 0.2 deficit and more, posting a winning time of 1:40.35 for a margin of more than a half-second.
The Carleton women will be right back in the water on Saturday, Jan. 12 as the Knights travel to Collegeville, Minn., for a 12 p.m. dual meet against the College of Saint Benedict.