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Caroline Mather and Kapani Kirkland earn all-conference status on day two of MIAC Championships

February 15, 2019 at 11:32 pm
Caroline Mather
Caroline Mather
Photo: JP Beaty '19


MINNEAPOLIS – On day two of the MIAC Championships, Caroline Mather (Sr./Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) and Kapani Kirkland (Fy./Mendota Heights, Minn./Convent of the Visitation) secured the first two all-conference awards this season for the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team. Mather was the runner up in the 50-yard freestyle, while Kapani took third in the 3-meter diving competition. The Knights remain fifth in the team standings.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Mather was out-touched by defending champion Maggie Webster of St. Thomas by 0.03 second. Mather still earned All-MIAC recognition in this event for the fourth time as she posted identical times of 23.40 during the prelims and finals. Claire Neid (Fy./Denver, Colo./George Washington) raced in the ‘B’ final of the same event and touched the wall in 25.39 to earn 15th place. She sliced 0.55 seconds off her previous PR when she posted a 25.11 in the preliminary round.

Kirkland placed third in the 3-meter diving competition with her score of 397.05, moving her into fourth place on Carleton’s all-time list. She joins Amy Roach ’18 as the only two Carleton women since 2002 to earn all-conference recognition on either diving board.

Alison Cameron (Fy./Reno, Nev./Reno) placed 10th and Madison Smith (Fy./Denver, Colo./DSST) was 15th in the 500-yard freestyle after touching the wall at 5:11.43 and 5:19.12, respectively. Both trimmed at least 14 seconds off their previous career-best times. Cameron climbed to eighth on the team’s all-time list, while Smith’s 5:16.90 in the prelims slots her 14th in program history.

Emma Lederer (Jr./Madison, Wis./West), Lydia Boyum (Fy./Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson), and Ada Meyer (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Ingraham) qualified for the ‘B’ final of the 200-yard IM where they clocked times of 2:12.76, 2:12.99, and 2:13.58, respectively, to finish in 10th, 12th, and 13th places. All three broke their previous PR in the event, with Lederer (2:12.32) and Meyer (2:12.86) doing so during the prelims. Lederer is now sixth, Meyer 10th, and Boyum 11th on the program’s all-time list.

Carleton’s entry in the 400-yard medley relay placed fourth as Lederer, Meyer, Cameron, and Mather combined on a time of 3:53.85, trimming 8.6 seconds off the Knights’ previous season best and moving this group into second place in program history.

Three-time defending champion St. Thomas continues to lead the team competition and has now accumulated 261 points, while St. Catherine (243 points), Gustavus (213), St. Olaf (175), and Carleton (146 points) round out the top five.

Competition on day three of the meet will include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and the 100 backstroke. Prelims begin at 10:30 a.m. with the finals—including the 200 freestyle relay—to start at 6:30 p.m. Links to live video and live results can be found via Knights Online.