Junior Sam Rauchwarter on Monday was named MIAC Athlete of the Week in Men's Swimming and Diving.
Rauchwarter (JR-Eagan/Eastview) had a hand in three victories on Saturday to help the St. Thomas men hand Gustavus a rare loss in their home pool.
After the Gusties had won the medley relay and claimed four of the top five spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle, St. Thomas was in need of a spark and Rauchwarter -- coming off a battle with the flu -- stepped up. He won the 200-yard free (1:45.31), then added a win in the 100-yard free (48.13). He also helped the 200-yard free relay score a crucial victory with a winning time of 21.90. This season, Rauchwarter ranks in the top six in the MIAC in both the 100 and 200.
Rauchwarter and his teammates have one more chance to tune-up prior to their title defense at the 2013 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. St. Thomas will host the Conference Invitational (Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday noon). The Toms will also send its divers to the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 9.