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Result: W 133-129

Men's Swimming and Diving at St. Olaf College

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Skoglund Natatorium

Seniors secure victory over St. Olaf

Alex Battiste
Alex Battiste
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – It came down to the final event of the day, but the Carleton College men’s swimming and diving team was able to edge St. Olaf College, 133-129, on Senior Day. The Carleton women edged the Oles as well, marking the first time in head coach Andy Clark’s tenure that the Knights swept their crosstown rivals.

“Just an outstanding final dual meet of the season for both squads,” said Clark. “This is the first time in the history of the Carleton Swim Program where both teams beat St. Olaf in a dual meet contest and to achieve that result, we needed every team member to have big performances.

“We knew both this would be a fun and exciting matchup between the two schools, but it is incredibly exciting to pull off wins against a class program like St. Olaf. I’m very proud and impressed how the teams rallied around one another in order to put forth high-end efforts. So many good swims and dives today which is exactly the kind of momentum you want to have going into the final few weeks of the season.

“This meet also represents the last dual meet for our senior class, and all of them have played significant roles in the program's success over the past four years. We will miss having them here next year!”

This meet marked Senior Day for Alex Battiste (Sr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Ben Greenvall (Sr./Branford, Conn./Branford). In what became a battle to the final moments, both Knights contributed crucial points toward the victory.

Battiste placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.16) and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.95) to account for four points. Greevall took fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.85) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:46.79) to contribute two points before anchoring one of the Knights’ scoring entries in the 200-yard freestyle relay that concluded the competition.

The team result was in doubt heading into that final event. Carleton was clinging to a 127-118 lead. If St. Olaf claimed first and second place in the last relay race, the Oles would squeak out the team victory.

The Carleton quartet of Jack Heinzel (So./Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), Nick Reeves (Jr./Kirkland, Wash./Lake Washington), Stevie Fitch (So./Redmond, Wash./Nikola Tesla Stem School), and Jack Dalluge (Jr./Waverly, Minn./Watertown-Mayer) needed to score to keep the Knights in contention. St. Olaf out-touched the Knights by 0.03 second to nab first place and gain 11 points in the team standings, with Carleton adding four points for second place. That brought the score to 131-129 in favor of the Knights.

The third-place relay is worth the final two points, meaning the competition could end in a tie, but Carleton’s entry of Eli Offman (Fy./Toronto, Ont./Canada Greenwood College), Sam Darwish (Jr./Akron, Ohio./University School), Ryan Wetzel (Jr./Salem, Ore./West Salem), and Greenvall was next to finish, securing the narrow team win for the Knights.

Heinzel received the team’s “Can of Corn” Award for his role on the relay in addition to his victories in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, where he notched times of 22.27 and 48.38, respectively.

Wetzel won both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.07) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.34). Andrew Chang (So./Vancouver, Wash./Union) notched the other event victory for Carleton, out-touching his opponent in the 200-yard butterfly by 0.05 second at 2:01.22.

Carleton will be back in the water on Feb. 1-2 for the Gustie Challenge in St. Peter, Minn.