St. Thomas has 10 varsity teams competing this weekend. Feb. 19-21. Here are a few notes and results links from Friday and Saturday:
Swimming and Diving
First-year coach Scott Blanchard has to be feeling on top of the world. His Tommie men are locking up the MIAC title tonight -- the third in six seasons after a 55-year drought. The women are competing at an impressive level but will fall a bit short in the final point standings as Gustavus will win the team championship for the sixth year in a row.
But numerous UST wins and school records will come out of the three-day meet.
St. Thomas scored a 3-1 home win over St. Ben's to secure the program's 16th consecutive winning season. Taylor Neisen stopped 17 of 18 shots and Hannah Bird had a goal and an assist. UST is the No. 2 seed for the five-team MIAC playoffs and will play Saturday at 2 p.m. in Mendota Heights in the semifinals.
St. Thomas won two home matches Saturday to move to 6-0 on the season. UST topped Northwestern (Iowa), 9-0, and Northwestern-St. Paul, 8-1. The Tommies won all six doubles matches and also went unbeaten at Nos. 3-4-5-6 singles.
Women's Track & Field
Kayla Goeman helped St. Thomas win the distance medley relay and 4x400 relay at Saturday's U of M Gopher Parents Day competition in Minneapolis. The DM relay time of 11:55.08 ranks fourth best in Division III. Megan Terukina, Angela Tipp, Goeman and Emily Gapinski comprised the winning relay.
Angela and Erika Tipp, Kayla Janto and Goeman clocked 3:59.40 in the 4x400 and ranks 15th in the nation.
Men's Track & Field
Tyler Krpan ran a 1:56 in the 800 meters, the MIAC's third-fastest time of the season, and UST took third in the 4400 relay to lead St. Thomas at Friday's U of M Snowshoe competition in Minneapolis.
The Tommies had a large contingent compete Saturday in Northfield at the St. Olaf meet.