For the first time since the team’s back-to-back MIAC titles in 2000-01, the Carleton women’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC Championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in convincing fashion. The Knights entered the third day of competition with a 60 point lead over reigning champion Gustavus, who was seeking their third title in a row, and ended the day with a 101.5 point victory.
The championship was Carleton’s third of the decade. Several Knights had impressive individual performances and earned berths to the NCAA Championships. The men’s swimming and diving team, meanwhile, came in fourth, holding off St. Johns in the final event. Only three schools have won women's team titles this decade: Gustavus (4), Carleton (3) and St. Olaf (3).
Trailing Augsburg 65-64 with three seconds remaining in their opening round game of the MIAC playoffs Monday night, the Carleton Knights put the ball in the right pair of hands. Senior co-captain Zach Johnson, the program's all-time leading scorer and the 16th best in Minnesota college basketball history, found a decent look at a long-range jumper, but three more points were not to be added to his illustrious total as the buzzer-beating attempt bounced off the rim, bringing to an untimely end a season full of excitement and milestones for the men's basketball program.
The Carleton Men’s tennis team concluded its winter season this past Wednesday evening with a convincing 8-1 win over the MIAC’s Bethel University. The Knights improved to 7-2 on the year and remained undefeated in conference play.
Unfortunately, Carleton’s four seniors, Annie Isler, Sarah Kunelius, Sarah Lincoln, and Hannah Oken-Berg, completed their careers with an 89-58 loss to the Bethel Royals last Saturday. With this loss, the Knights finished 11-14 (10-12 MIAC), good enough for eight place in the MIAC.
The Carleton men’s swimming & diving team recorded a 14th consecutive top-four finish at the MIAC Championships, holding off Saint John’s on the final day to earn fourth place. Senior Ted Marschall posted his third NCAA automatic qualifier of the championships as his time of 2:02.60 was second overall in the 200 breaststroke.
The women’s track and field team spiced up the Parent’s Day Open at the University of Minnesota last Saturday. As you may have noticed, co-captain Amy Elson ’10 is too well-rounded and talented for her own good. After two spectacular triple jumps qualified her for the finals, Elson improved on these distances to jump 10.24m (over 33 feet, 7 inches) in her final jump, although she had to skip the 200 meter dash.
Last Friday night, Charlie Gamble ’10 went to the Snowshoe Open, a Division I meet at the University of Minnesota and finished fifth in the mile run, clocking an impressive 4:14.95 and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships.
It was a week of highs and lows for the Carleton men's basketball team, as Zach Johnson broke the college's career scoring record at home on Saturday in a 64-56 win over Macalester, but the Knights struggled on the road on Wednesday night, falling to Augsburg 70-54. Carleton (16-8, 12-7 MIAC) now finds itself tied with the Auggies for third in the conference standings heading into Saturday's regular season finale at second-place Bethel, which will determine the nights' playoff seed with anything from the second spot to the fifth still possible.
Playoffs aside, Saturday turned out to be a historic Senior Day for the Knights as the team honored its three seniors, co-captains Bobby Schmitz and Johnson, and three-year player and current assistant coach Rodney Kuhl. Johnson stole the show as predicted, scoring 20 points and etching his name in the record books by breaking 1999 graduate Josh Wilhelm's all-time mark of 1,967 points.
Carleton’s women’s tennis team started 2009 conference play with three victories that landed them atop the MIAC standings.
Despite the cold harsh winters, the various Carleton ultimate teams have been busy spending hours in the rec training and yearning to get outside and play on a real field.
In hardcore soccer, the same three teams have maintained dominance. Billy Walsh's Chemistry Club performed well again, beating Matt Pieh Soccer 6-2.
The Knights' hope for a ninth consecutive post-season bid were slim to begin with as the team entered play two games out of the final playoff slot with only three games remaining. Carleton's loss and Bethel's 61-36 win at Augsburg officially canceled any chances of the Knights' repeating last season's magical run through the MIAC Playoffs.