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Result: 4th of 8 teams

Men's Swimming and Diving at MIAC Championships

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. (Prelims) / 6:30 p.m. (Finals) at Minneapolis, Minn. - University of Minnesota Aquatic Center

Knights climb to fourth at MIAC Championships

Stevie Fitch
Stevie Fitch
Photo: Nathan Klok

THURSDAY'S RECAP  |  FRIDAY'S RECAP

MINNEAPOLIS – With the top two spots at the MIAC Championships basically decided before Day 3 even began, the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team found itself locked in a fierce back-and-forth battle with rivals St. Olaf and Saint John’s. At stake were the third through fifth places in the team competition. With contributions coming from swimmers up and down the lineup, the Knights improved their standing entering the last day and finished the conference meet in fourth place.

That accomplishment was impressive given that Carleton faced a known point deficit as the Knights did not have any divers competing at the conference championships.

Carleton entered Day 3 in fifth place but quickly moved into third as five Knights scored during the grueling 1650-yard freestyle. Sam Darwish (So./Akron, Ohio./University School) took sixth overall with a time of 17:01.03 that was also good enough to move him into eighth on Carleton’s all-time list. With a time of 17:11.64, Jake Winter (Fy./Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) placed eighth at this year’s conference meet and moved into ninth in team history. Ben Greenvall (Jr./Branford, Conn./Branford), Alex Battiste (Jr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Spencer Lekki (Fy./Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) finished ninth, 11th, and 16th, respectively, in the event.

Ari Conati (So./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka) posted a time of 1:58.06 during the morning prelims of the 200-yard backstroke and ended up finishing 12th overall, one spot ahead of Grant Lee (Fy./Bellevue, Wash./Newport), who touched the wall at 2:04.64. Despite those performances, Carleton momentarily slipped to fourth in the standings behind St. Olaf.

Nick Reeves (So./Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington) and Jack Dalluge (So./Waverly, Minn./Watertown-Mayer) inched Carleton back into third place as the duo finished sixth and 11th in the 100-yard freestyle. Both Knights clocked their top times during the prelim swims, at 46.85 and 47.46, respectively.

Saint John’s took over third place following the 200-yard breaststroke. Ryan Wetzel (So./Salem, Ore./West Salem) snagged the last spot in ‘A’ final with his 2:12.21 during the morning prelims but could not improve his time or placement during the evening swim.

Stevie Fitch (Fy./Redmond, Wash./Nikola Tesla Stem School) had Carleton’s top individual finish on Day 3 when he placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:54.91. That time is good for second-fastest in team history. Andrew Chang (Fy./Vancouver, Wash./Union) reached the wall at 1:57.93 and took 10th in the MIAC as he moved into 10th in program annals. Eric Meyer (So./Potomac, Md./Wootton) finished 13th, and Darwish, who swam the 1650 free earlier in the day, picked up a point with his 16th-place result.

Carleton slipped from third to fourth as the other teams scored in diving. The point totals entering the final event—the 400-yard freestyle—were tight: Saint John’s 366, Carleton 360.5, and St. Olaf 360.

Reeves, Fitch, Jack Heinzel (Fy./Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), and Dalluge combined on a time of 3:10.79 to take fourth place in the event. While they were unable to overtake the Johnnies, that time was good enough to edge St. Olaf by 0.53 seconds and clinch fourth place in the team standings for Carleton.

St. Thomas won its fourth consecutive MIAC title with 908 points. Gustavus Adolphus was next at 759.5 points. Saint John’s (398), Carleton (390.5) and St. Olaf (388) round out the top five at the eight-team competition.

Gabe Korteum was voted the diving coach of the year for the sixth time.

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