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Top-10 finishes highlight day two at Minnesota Challenge

February 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm
Colin Lau
Colin Lau
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Colin Lau (Jr./Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) figured in three of the five top-10 placements for the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team on day two of action at the Minnesota Challenge. In addition to facing some of the top Division III squads from the area, the Knights once again had the opportunity to compete against Division I competitors from the University of Minnesota, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota, and South Dakota State University.

Lau placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.63, then later returned to the water and joined Alex Mathson (Sr./Verona, Wis./Verona) to post top-10 results in the 200-yard breaststroke. Mathson reached the wall at 2:15.36, and finished in 2:16.23 as they placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

The other individual top-10 finish was turned in by Jack Dalluge (Fy./Waverly, Minn./Watertown-Mayer) as he touched the wall at 17:28.25 in the 1650-yard freestyle.

Carleton wrapped up the weekend with its final 10-place result, this one in the 400-yard freestyle relay as Lau, Mathson, Sam Darwish (Fy./Akron, Ohio./University School) and Grant Terrien (Sr./Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) combined on a time of 3:21.06.

Among the other top results for the Knights were:

  • Dalluge was the top Carleton finisher in the 200-yard freestyle with his time of 1:49.83.
  • Mathson notched a season-best time of 1:01.92 and took 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke. He was also Carleton’s top finisher in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.95, ranking 12th overall.
  • Ryan Wetzel (Fy./Salem, Ore./West Salem) led nine Knights that swam the 100-yard freestyle with his career-best mark of 49.66.
  • Lau, Wetzel, Ari Conati (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka), Nick Reeves (Fy./Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington) combined on time of 1:41.09 in the 200-yard medley relay, which ranked 18th.

"This meet has always been a great tune up for the teams before the MIAC Championships,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark, “and we always want to take advantage of any opportunity to experience competing in the pool where the championship meet is held.”

“We had many strong performances from team members on both squads, but especially from the team members who were tapered and were ending their season at this meet. So many great swims from this group and could not be more impressed with the attitudes and efforts given by all of them. They set a ton of PR's which was exciting to see and that has really pumped up the team for MIACs.”

The squad’s “Can of Corn” was awarded to those seven tapered swimmers, a group that included: Alan Zheng (Fy./Changsha, China/Avon Old Farms School) along with women’s team members Juliana Johnson (Fy./Antioch, Calif./San Domenico), Grace Marshall (Fy./River Forest, Ill./Horseheads), Anna McGinn (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s), Camille Sanchez (Sr./Nogent-sur-Marne, France/Lycee Prive Albert de Mun), Marly Schrom (So./Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids), and Cora Showers (Fy./Faribault, Minn./Faribault).

The Knights host the Northfield Diving Invite on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and will then turn their full attention to the MIAC Championships on Feb. 16-18. That meet will once again be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.