MINNEAPOLIS — The Carleton College swimming and diving teams took part in the two-day competition at the Jean Freeman Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. The 17-team field included a trio of NCAA Division I programs: Minnesota, South Dakota State, and University of South Dakota.
A total of 14 Division III teams participated, including nearly all of the MIAC squads as well as Augustana (Ill.), Luther, and Minnesota-Morris. The women’s diving portion of the weekend also includes representation from four additional D-I programs: Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska, and University of Denver.
Each day began with morning prelims in each event. The evening finals were broken up into two parts. The top eight qualifiers from the preliminary round raced in the “A” final, while the ninth through 16th qualifiers competed in the “B” final. The Knights had a total of 18 swimmers participate in the finals.
The biggest highlights of the weekend came on Friday as both Caroline Mather (So./Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) and Maria Wetzel (Sr./Salem, Ore./West Salem) posted NCAA ‘B’ cut times.
Mather touched the wall in the 50-yard freestyle at 23.78, good for a third-place finish overall. She finished with a time better than nine D-I racers that competed on Friday night. Mather also took eighth place in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.
Maria Wetzel clocked a career-best time of 2:02.33 during the prelims of the 200-yard backstroke on Friday, that was more than two seconds better than the NCAA ‘B’ cut time. She placed fifth during the event finals, reaching the wall faster than seven D-I swimmers during the evening session. On Saturday, she placed 16th in the 100-yard butterfly after setting a personal-best with a time of 59.85 during the prelims. Maria Wetzel also posted the seventh-fastest time in the 400 IM prelims (4:37.42) but did not return to race in the finals.
Ada Meyer (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Ingraham) advanced to the “A” final in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing eighth (1:08.55) the first day. On Saturday evening, she finished 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.48), while Morgan Mayer (Fy./Garret Park, Md./Georgetown Day) placed right behind her in that event at 2:27.62.
Anna Gergely (So./Denver, Colo./Jewish Day School) and Alex Braiedy (Sr./Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka) both swam the “B” final of the 200-yard butterfly, finishing 13th at 2:17.43 and 14th at 2:20.37, respectively.
Braiedy, Mather, and Maria Wetzel swam on all four of Carleton women’s relays, with each ranking second among D-III entries and placing among the meet’s top seven finishers overall.
On the men’s side, Alex Mathson (Sr./Verona, Wis./Verona) posted top-16 results in three events: the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.00), the 400 IM (4:22.67), and the 1650 freestyle (17:07.17). Jack Dalluge (Fy./Waverly, Minn./Watertown-Mayer) turned in top-16 finishes in the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.90) and 1650-yard freestyle (17:06.57).
Sam Darwish (Fy./Akron, Ohio./University School) added a ninth-place result in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.46) with Eric Meyer (Fy./Potomac, Md./Wootton) taking 16th in the same event (2:05.99).
Colin Lau (Jr./Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) finished 11th in the 200 IM at 2:03.02, while Ari Conati (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka) took 16th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.30).
The Carleton squads depart for Florida on Monday to begin their annual winter break training and competition trip.
“A” and “B” final participants
50 freestyle — Caroline Mather (3rd at 23.78 — NCAA ‘B’ cut time)
200 backstroke — Maria Wetzel (5th at 2:03.74 — NCAA ‘B’ cut time)
100 breaststroke — Ada Meyer (8th at 1:08.55)
200 butterfly — Anna Gergely (13th at 2:17.43) and Alex Braiedy (14th at 2:20.37)
100 freestyle — Caroline Mather (8th at 53.10)
200 breaststroke — Ada Meyer (11th at 2:27.48) and Morgan Mayer (12th at 2:27.62)
100 butterfly — Maria Wetzel (16th at 1:00.90)
500 freestyle — Alex Mathson (15th at 4:58.00) and Jack Dalluge (16th at 5:07.90)
200 IM — Colin Lau (11th at 2:03.02)
200 butterfly — Sam Darwish (9th at 2:00.46) and Eric Meyer (16th at 2:05.99)
200 freestyle — Ari Conati (16th at 1:50.30)
400 IM — Alex Mathson (14th at 4:22.67)
1650 freestyle — Jack Dalluge (11th at 17:06.57) and Alex Mathson (12th at 17:07.17)
200 freestyle relay — Caroline Mather, Anisa Lester, Maria Wetzel, and Alex Braiedy (5th at 1:37.90
400 medley relay — Maria Wetzel, Ada Meyer, Alex Braiedy, Caroline Mather (6th at 4:02.73)
200 medley relay — Maria Wetzel, Ada Meyer, Alex Braiedy, Caroline Mather (7th at 1:50.31)
400 freestyle relay — Maria Wetzel, Alex Braiedy, Anisa Lester, Caroline Mather (6th at 3:40.09)
200 freestyle relay — Nick Reeves, Ari Conati, Aaron Schwab, Sam Darwish (13th at 1:29.39)
400 medley relay — Alex Mathson, Ryan Wetzel, Colin Lau, and Nick Reeves (15th at 3:42.34)
200 medley relay — Aaron Schwab, Ryan Wetzel, Colin Lau, Nick Reeves (17th at 1:40.36)
400 freestyle relay — Ari Conati, Aaron Schwab, Sam Darwish, Nick Reeves (13th at 3:19.79)