SHENANDOAH, Texas – Day three of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships saw Carleton compete in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Knights finished 19th with a time of 6:58.29.
Because Carleton qualified its 200-yard freestyle relay for the national meet, the team was permitted to have those four racers also form a relay to swim in today’s event.
At last month’s MIAC Championships the Knights established a school record in the event, but today they only had one-half of the normal 800 freestyle relay—seniors Erik Klontz (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Mamoru Kanazawa (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International)—participating with first-years Stephen Grinich (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) and George McAneny (Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz) filling the other two spots.
“Mamoru and Erik had us off to a good start,” said Carleton head coach Andy Clark, “and Stephen and George did a nice job considering this isn’t their normal event.”
All five Carleton swimmers will hit the water when the NCAA Championships conclude on Saturday. Sophie Pilhofer (Sr./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) is slated to compete in the women’s 100-yard freestyle, and Klontz will race in the men’s race of the same distance. Klontz, Kanazawa, Grinich, and McAneny will then take part in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Here is a list of dates/events with Carleton competitors:
WED., MARCH 20
Women’s 50-yard freestyle — Sophie Pilhofer – (23.28, 3rd place – All-America)
Men’s 50-yard freestyle — Erik Klontz – (19.86, 2nd place – All-America)
THU., MARCH 21
Men’s 200-yard freestyle relay — Erik Klontz, Mamoru Kanazawa, Stephen Grinich, George McAneny (1:23.24, 16th place – All-America Honorable Mention)
Women’s 100-yard freestyle — Sophie Pilhofer (58.00 -- personal record)
Men’s 200-yard freestyle — Mamoru Kanazawa (1:42.49)
Men’s 200-yard freestyle — Erik Klontz (1:43.08 -- personal record)
FRI., MARCH 22
Men’s 800-yard freestyle relay —Mamoru Kanazawa, Erik Klontz, Stephen Grinich, George McAneny (19th, 6:58.29)
SAT., MARCH 23
Women’s 100-yard freestyle — Sophie Pilhofer
Men’s 100-yard freestyle — Erik Klontz
Men’s 400-yard freestyle relay — Erik Klontz, Mamoru Kanazawa, Stephen Grinich, George McAneny