With the end of their winter season nearing, the Carleton women’s tennis team remained at the top of the MIAC with two wins this past week.
The Carleton baseball team opened the 2009 season in encouraging fashion Monday, splitting a late-night doubleheader with academic rival Grinnell at the Metrodome.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.