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Result: T 150-150

Women's Swimming and Diving hosts St. Olaf College

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Thorpe Pool

Knights and Oles tie on Senior Day

(L to R) Emily Culver, Emily Marks, Anisa Lester, Amy Roach, and Anna McGinn
(L to R) Emily Culver, Emily Marks, Anisa Lester, Amy Roach, and Anna McGinn
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team saw its annual Senior Day dual meet against rival St. Olaf College come down to the final event of the afternoon. With a first and third-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Knights earned a 150-150 tie with the Oles.

Meanwhile, the Carleton men’s program bested St. Olaf, 145-138, for the Knights’ first dual meet victory over their rivals in head coach Andy Clark’s 25-year tenure.

“What a great final dual meet of the season for both our squads,” said Clark. “Beating a class program like St. Olaf was an incredible feat for our guys especially since it is the first time this has occurred in our program's history since I have been at Carleton. Really proud about how they rallied and rose up to the challenge. To have the meet come down to the last relay was incredible.

“While our ladies tied St. Olaf, they battled hard for every point and had to pull through some big swims at the end of the meet. Really thrilled and proud of how well both teams responded today. We knew that both teams would have to be on fire to have a chance to challenge the St Olaf teams for top honors today, and the end result was about as good as you could ask for in terms of the energy and efforts that were given by our teams.”

The day began with a celebration and recognition of the seniors on the Carleton roster: Emily Culver (Sr./Iowa City, Iowa/West). Anisa Lester (Sr./Corte Madera, Calif./The Branson School), Emily Marks (Sr./Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Academy), Anna McGinn (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s), and Amy Roach (Sr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase)

Roach won both the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions, posting scores of 219.30 and 228.52, respectively. The 3-meter was decided by only 1.05 points, gaining Carleton five crucial points.

Ada Meyer (So./Seattle, Wash./Ingraham) was also a dual-event winner, reaching the wall first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races. She posted times of 1:07.95 and 2:30.89, respectively.

Lester and junior Caroline Mather (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) notched the other individual triumphs. The former won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.68, while the latter claimed the title in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.62.

St. Olaf held a 146-137 lead heading into the final event, meaning the Knights would need to win the race. Carleton’s ‘B’ relay would also need to place second or third to either win or tie the meet.

Lester, Eveline Dowling (Jr./Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West), Kyle Fraser-Mines (Fy./Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsborough), and Mather won with a time of 1:41.12. When Carleton’s second relay—comprised of Marcella Manivel (Fy./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi), Culver, Cora Showers (So./Faribault, Minn./Faribault), and Erin Dyke (Fy./Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Laurel)—held on for third place at 1:48.02, they grabbed the final two team points of the meet, earning Carleton the 150-150 tie.

 “So many good performances from virtually everyone on the team, exactly what we like seeing prior to taper” Clark said. “I think the teams were especially inspired by the senior class whose leadership has been outstanding throughout the season but especially today.”

Carleton will head to the Gustavus Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3. That will be the final meet of the year for those student-athletes not selected for the Knights’ entry into the MIAC Championships on Feb. 15-17.