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Men's Swimming and Diving at Minnesota Challenge

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. (Fri.) / 11:00 a.m. (Sat.) / 6:00 p.m. (Sat.) at Minneapolis, Minn. - University of Minnesota Aquatics Center

Numerous season bests posted on day one of Minnesota Challenge

By Annika Martensson ’19
Ryan Wetzel
Ryan Wetzel
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team participated in day one of the Minnesota Challenge at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Knights swam against some tough competition including some of the top teams in the MIAC, nationally-ranked UW-Stevens Point, as well as a handful of NCAA Division I programs including South Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota.

This meet serves as the final taper meet for team members who will not compete at the MIAC Championships later this month, while for those members who will swim at the conference meet, the Minnesota Challenge provides a final tune-up opportunity.

In a very competitive field for the Knights, many swimmers turned in season bests. That pattern began with the evening’s first race—the 200-yard freestyle relay—where the all-rookie quartet of Nick Reeves (Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington), Ryan Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem), Ari Conati (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka), and Sam Darwish (Akron, Ohio./University School) placed 15th. Their time of 1:29.35 established a new season-best for Carleton.

The Knights also had a strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle. Alex Mathson (Sr./Verona, Wis./Verona) placed 12th in the event and turned in a new season best (4:53.17). Darwish touched the wall 17th at 5:00.59 to set a new personal record.

Colin Lau (Jr./Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) was Carleton’s top finisher in the 200-yard IM, finishing 25th at a season-best time of 2:02.42. Reeves was the fastest Knight in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 22.53.

The evening concluded with Conati, Lau, Darwish, and Reeves placing 11th in the 400-yard medley relay as they turned in a new team season best of 3:42.23.

Day two of the meet will begin at 11 a.m. with an evening session starting at 6 p.m.