MINNEAPOLIS-- Sophie Pilhöfer (Sr./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) successfully defended her 50-yard freestyle title and the 200-yard freestyle relay earned all-conference honors as the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place after the MIAC Championships’ first day of action.
Pilhöfer touched home in 23.43 after grabbing the evening finals’ top seed with a preliminary heat swim of 23.40. The times are a full half-second under the NCAA “B” qualifying standard, while also topping the 2012 national meet selection time. Pilhöfer joins Carleton great Marie Marsman ’05 as the only Knight to repeat as the MIAC Championships’ 50 freestyle champion.
The senior sprinter led the 200-yard freestyle relay to a third-place finish, earning All-MIAC honors as the quartet posted a 1:35.70 time, knocking more than three seconds off their seed time. That time is also a NCAA “B” standard and faster than last year’s NCAA Championships’ selection time. Joining Pilhöfer on the relay was Milana Socha (Jr./Chesterton, Ind.), Alexandra Guy (So./Denver, Colo./Denver School of the Arts), and Erin McDuffie (Sr./Anchorage, Alaska/Service). It marks the seventh consecutive year the Knights have recorded a top-three finish in the event.
Other top performances on the evening had McDuffie making the championships finals of the 500-yard freestyle, finishing eighth in 5:20.69 after she recorded a prelim swim of 5:14.27.
As a team, the Knights are in fourth place after day one of three with 115 points. Gustavus Adolphus College leads with 204 points, followed by University of St. Thomas (175) and St. Olaf College (157).
Action in the three-day event continues at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday. Visit the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships website for live video, live results, and more.