Saturday night/Session 6
The St. Thomas men and women's swim-dive teams pulled off an impressive team title sweep on the final night of the three-day MIAC Championships in Minneapolis.
UST coach Scott Blanchard's teams blew up their school-records list, with 16 records set so far this week.
The latest three UST records came Saturday night with winners Warren Melton in the men's 1650 free (16:04.38); Katelyn Strauss in the 200 fly (2:06.78) and the women's 400 free relay in 3:28.02 with Alex Howard, Emma Paulson, Kate Smarjesse and Strauss.
The Tommie men locked up their fourth team title in the last seven years as they recorded a 388-point cushion on second-place St. John's.
The UST women locked up their first team championship in the 33-year history of the event, with an 80-point victory over Gustavus. The Tommies had placed second or third in six of the last seven seasons but ended the Gusties' six-year reign as women's champs.
Mike Lanz and Andrew Grabowski were repeat honorees as the MIAC men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year. Emma Paulson repeated as women's Swimmer of the Year as she had a hand in six firsts. Scott Blanchard was selected women's Coach of the Year.
It was the first time one school swept both team titles since Gustavus did it in 2008.
The Tommie women had eight firsts, five seconds and nine third places on the weekend.
The UST men had 15 wins, seven second places and six thirds en route to a 923.5 scoring total.
"One of the things we've been driving towards all year long reaching our goals as a family realizing these goals wouldn't be attainted if we didn't support each other and recognize all the great things happening along the way," Blanchard said. "We're fortunate to have everyone step up and drive toward those team goals. It was just a great coming together of both teams."
Grabowski repeated as the 3-meter diving champion with a score of 472.00.
The men turned in an NCAA B cut time of 3:03.76 in the 400 free with Luke Schneeman, Bailey Biwer, Warren Melton and Lanz.
Joining first-place Melton in the 1650 free were Josh Gerick (16:37.74) and Walker Matthews (16:56.70), who finished 6-8.
The men continued their success in the 200 back as Tom Osmolak (1:48.22), Brady Anderson (1:53.01), Tom Negaard (1:54.43) and Jason Tri (1:55.18) took 1-3-4-7.
In the 100 free, Nick Cox (46.34), Bailey Biwer (46.55) and Luke Schneeman (46.73) placed 4-5-6.
Maxwell Hamilton finished third with an NCAA B cut time of 2:05.49 in the 200 breast and Eric Schuld took sixth (2:08.92).
Lanz (1:50.76), Chris Tri (1:53.36), Brady Anderson (1:55.17) and Max Larson (1:56.85) took 1-2-3-6.
On the women's side, Kate Washenberger finished fourth (17:52.88) and Mira Schroder placed sixth (18:02.94) in the 1650 free.
Paulson won the 200 back with a time of (1:59.72) and Alex Howard took sixth (2:08.04).
Kate Smarjesse finished sixth (52.91) in the 100 free.
UST took five of the top eight spots in the 200 breast as Nicole Herrli (2:22.34), Melissa Rose (2:26.26), Kate Washenberger (2:26.73), Molly Peichel (2:27.76) and Maura Shea (2:31.29) finished 1-2-3-5-8.
Joining first-place Katelyn Strauss (2:06.78) in the 200 fly was Abbie Anderson (2:16.18), who took fifth.
In 1-meter diving, Casey Nightingale placed fourth (352.50), Janelle Mueller took fifth (328.95) and Kellie Pruitt finished seventh (318.15).
Friday night/Session 4
The St. Thomas men and women's swim-dive teams are blowing up their school-records list, with 13 new marks combined over two days at the conference championships meet.
And both squads have put themselves in position from an even sweeter reward -- possible MIAC team championships.
The men have all but locked up the program's fourth conference team crown in the last seven years. UST has built a 267-point lead with just seven Saturday finals events left.
The UST women have opened up a 90-point lead over six-time defending champion Gustavus -- 569-479 -- with seven events to go on Saturday. Last year, Gustavus led UST by 15.5 points through Friday's round and topped the Tommies for the title by a 41.5-point margin.
St. Thomas has never won a women's conference title in the pool in the 33-year history of the meet. But Coach Scott Blanchard's Tommies have put themselves in an enviable spot in their bid for their first MIAC gold trophy.
The Tommie men won six more events on Friday night and have rolled up 605.5 points. Four teams are battling for second place -- St. John's, St. Olaf, Carleton and Gustavus -- with none over 340 points.
The Toms' 200 medley relay broke a six-year-old school record as it took first place in 1:31.63 with Tom Osmolak, Max Hamilton, Mike Lanz and Luke Schneeman. The old record was 1:32.38.
Lanz won the 100 fly for the third year in a row in a meet-record 47.97.
Lanz also was part of another school record as St. Thomas won the 800 free relay in 6:45.02 with Brady Anderson, Bailey Biwer and Warren Melton.
Chris Tri won the 400 IM with an NCAA B cut time of 4:06.40, just .20 off a school record.
Melton won the 200 free with an NCAA B cut time of 1:40.44.
Osmolak won the 100 back with an NCAA B cut time of 50.27.
The men had success in the 400 IM as Chris Tri (4:06.40), Walker Matthews (4:07.99), Max Larson (4:10.23), Jason Tri (4:10.88) finished 1-2-4-5.
Joining Lanz in the top four in the 100 fly were Nick Cox (50.32) and Bailey Biwer (50.35), who finished 3-4.
Luke Schneeman finished second in the 200 free (1:42.23) to join first-place Melton.
Maxwell Hamilton turned in an NCAA B cut time of 56.52 to place second in the 100 breast and Eric Schuld placed sixth (58.37).
Tom Negaard took third (51.58) in the 100 back to join first-place Tom Osmolak.
On the women's side, Emma Paulson won the 100 back in 54.61, a time that broke an MIAC all-tine, meet and school record and his the fastest time thus far this season in Division III.
Nicole Herrli broke the school record in the 400 IM with a second-place, NCAA B cut time of 4:32.23.
The UST 800 free relay shattered a school record and broke the MIAC all-time and meet record with a time of 7:36.06 with Katelyn Strauss, Paulson, Alex Howard and Mira Schroeder.
The women's 200 medley consisting of Tiana Molitor, Molley Peichel, Haley Cassens and Kate Smarjesse placed third with a time of 1:46.09.
In the 400 IM, Kate Washenberger took third (4:33.63) and Carly Johnson finished sixth (4:43.69) to join second-place Herrli in the top eight.
The women took four out of the top eight spots in the 100 fly as Cassens (57.55), Strauss (57.78), Kristen Rutschke (1:00.32) and Abbie Anderson (1:01.68) finished 3-4-7-8.
Howard placed third (1:54.35) in the 200 free and Schroeder took seventh (1:56.12).
St. Thomas finished 2-3 in the 100 breast with Melissa Rose (1:06.08) and Molly Peichel (1:06.53).
UST placed 1-3-5 in the 100 back with Paulson (54.61), Smarjesse (58.20) and Molitor (58.27).
On the diving side, the women took three of the top seven spots from the 3-meter board. Casey Nightingale (378.80), Kellie Pruitt (348.85) and Janelle Mueller (322.80) placed 3-5-7.
Friday morning/Session 3
The St. Thomas women and men had another strong prelim session on Friday.
The UST women remain in a tight race with six-time defending champion Gustavus. The Toms will advance 14 to Friday night's championship-heat races and three to the consolation round.
The first-place UST men are looking to pull away from second-place St. Olaf Friday night. They have advanced 13 to tonight's championship round and three to the consolation round.
Max Hamilton broke a 29-year-old school record -- the oldest in program history -- in the 100 breast. Hamilton clocked 56.60 for second place in Friday's prelims. Chris Baker had the record of 57.10 set in 1987. Eric Schuld (58.54) qualified sixth.
Warren Melton just missed a school record in the 200 free. Melton won the prelim heat in 1:40.39, just .09 off the UST record. Luke Schneeman qualified second (1:42.31).
Mike Lanz had the fastest prelim time in the 100 fly (48.67). Nick Cox (50.31) and Bailey Biwer (50.60) qualified 3-4.
In the men's 400 IM prelims, Chris Tri (4:09.15) and Jason Tri (4:09.95) placed 1-2, and Walker Mathews (4:10.52) and Max Larson (4:15.48) placed 4-7.
In the men's 100 back prelims, Tom Osmolak (50.54) and Tom Negaard (51.71) qualified 1-5.
In the women's 100 back prelims, Emma Paulson (55.59), Kate Smarjesse (58.62) and Tiana Molitor (58.81) placed 1-4-5.
In the women's 400 IM prelims, Kate Washenberger (4:41.16) and Nicole Herrli (4:44.05) placed 3-5.
In the women's 100 fly prelims, Haley Cassens (58:00), Katelyn Strauss (58.27), Kristen Rutschke (60.55) and Abbie Anderson (60.69) placed 2-3-6-7.
In the women's 200 free prelims, Alex Howard (1:55.53) and Mira Schroeder (1:57.88) placed 5-8.
In the women's 100 breaststroke prelims, Molly Peichel (1:06.29) and Melissa Rose (1:06.32) placed 2-3.
Thursday evening/Session 2
The Tommie women broke five school records Thursday night as they are in the tight battle with defending champion Gustavus.
UST leads the Gusties 226-223 after the first of three days.
Freshman Katelyn Strauss shattered a 25-year-old UST record in the 500 free as she stormed to first place in an NCAA B cut time of 5:01.24. Maureen Olson had the record of 5:05.68. Alex Howard (5:06.33), Mira Schroeder (5:11.23) and Molly Vancil (5:22.59) placed 3-7-15.
UST won the 400 medley relay in 3:49.24 with Emma Paulson, Molly Peichel, Strauss and Alex Howard. That broke a UST 2015 school record.
The Toms took a close second in the 200 free relay to Gustavus (1:34.05). UST's time of 1:34.53 broke a one-year-old record of 1:34.81, with Howard, Emma Paulson, Kate Smarjesse and Tiana Molitor.
Tommie sophomore Nicole Herri broke her own school record in the 200 IM. In the morning prelims, Herrli clocked 2:08.61, just under Courtney Grunewald's 2014 record of 2:08.69. Thursday night she placed second with an NCAA B cut time of 2:06.62. Maura Shea (2:11.93), Molly Peichel (2:12.42), Abbie Anderson (2:13.16), Carly Johnson (2:14.92) and Kristen Rutschke (2:16.47) placed 5-6-7-11-13.
Paulson broke her own 2015 school record (22.99) as she clocked 22.86 -- the fastest time thus far in Division III -- to win the 50 free. Smarjesse (24.25) and Molitor (24.40) placed 9-10.
The St. Thomas men are off to a great start in a bid to win the program's fourth team title in seven years. UST has 283.5 points to lead second-place St. Olaf (156.5).
Sophomore Warren Melton broke a four-year old record in the 500 free as he took first in an NCAA B cut time of 4:34.34. Sam Rauchwarter had the old record of 4:36.23.
UST scored 84 points in the 500 free as it placed 1-2-3-6-7-11 led by Melton, Chris Tri (4:39.72) and Brady Anderson (4:40.60) with the top top three places. Jason Tri (4:45.41)., Josh Gerick (4:46.42) and Walker Mathews (4:46.98) and took 6-7-11.
Mike Lanz (1:52.55), Bailey Biwer (1:53.98) and Max Larson (1:36.00) placed 1-2-5 in the 200 IM. Max Hamilton (1:58.35) and Eric Schuld (1:58.49) placed 10-11.
UST won the 400 medley relay in a meet record and school record 3:19.98 with Tom Osmolak, Max Hamilton, Lanz and Biwer.
Andrew Grabowski repeated as champion in one-meter diving. He scored 430.35. Kyle Reid, a first-year diver, placed seventh in 321.55.
The Toms took second in the 200 free relay in 1:23.80 with Luke Schneeman, Biwer, Nick Cox and Charles Hynes.
UST placed 6-7-14-15 in the 50 free with Schneeman (21.28), Cox (21.38), Hynes (21.69) and Tom Negaard (21.72).
The competition continues Friday with a 10:30 a.m. prelim session.
Thursday morning/Session 1
The 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships are underway and the first session of preliminaries have finished. Teams will compete at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in six total sessions continuing tonight through Saturday, Feb. 20. Each day has 10:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. sessions.
Last year's MIAC team title was earned by the Tommie men, while the UST women finished a close second to Gustavus, 858.5-817.The Gustie-Tommie team score was deadlocked 240-240 after day one last year. This morning, in three prelim events both teams sent eight into the championship heat and either five or six into the consolation round.
Both UST teams have gotten off to a hot start this year after each event held at least three Tommies in the top 16 qualifiers. Four of the six events this morning ended with a UST swimmer recording the fastest time.
Tommie sophomore Nicole Herri broke a school record in the 200 IM as she qualified third in the prelims in 2:08.61, just under Courtney Grunewald's 2014 record of 2:08.69.
Here are the top UST results from Thursday's preliminaries -- the top eight advance to the Championship race and the Nos. 9-16 qualiiers advance to the Consolation race.
Women 500 Yard Freestyle
1) Katelyn Strauss (5:09.29)
3) Alex Howard (5:09.54)
8) Mira Schroeder (5:12.63)
9) Molly Vancil (5:15.78)
Men 500 Yard Freestyle
1) Warren Melton (4:36.31)
2) Chris Tri (4:41.02)
3) Brady Anderson (4:41.50)
5) Jason Tri (4:43.78)
7) Josh Gerick (4:45.04)
11) Walker Matthews (4:48.95)
Women 200 Yard IM
3) Nicole Herrli (2:08.61)
4) Molly Peichel (2:12.11)
5) Maura Shea (2:12.91)
8) Abbie Anderson (2:13.90)
9) Carly Johnson (2:14.36)
12) Krist Rutschke (2:17.64)
Men 200 Yard IM
1) Michael Lanz (1:53.63)
2) Bailey Biwer (1:54.46)
5) Max Larson (1:57.07)
9) Eric Schuld (1:58.69)
11) Maxwell Hamilton (1:59.39)
Women 50 Yard Freestyle
1) Emma Paulson (23.13)
10) Tiana Molitor (24.48)
13) Kate Smarjesse (24.60)
Men 50 Yard Freestyle
5) Nick Cox (21.22)
6) Luke Schneeman (21.25)
10) Charles Hynes (21.40)
15) Tom Negaard (21.65)
In addition, Andrew Grabowski has the top prelim score in one-meter diving (434.55).
Men's Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Mike Lanz (SR, 3X NCAA qualifier, 2X MIAC Swimmer-of-the Year, 2X All-America and 1 HM All-America performance in 2015)
• Tom Osmolak (SR, 2 wins in backstroke at 2015 MIACs)
• Chris Tri (SR, 6 first-place finishes this season)
• Bailey Biwer (SO, 6 first-place finishes this season)
• Andrew Grabowski (SO, 2015 MIAC Diver-of-the-Year)
By the Numbers
• 13, 11: Number of first- and second-seed times/scores for UST in the conference season-best list
• 4: Individual events where Mike Lanz is seded first in the MIAC (100 free, 200 IM, 100, 200 fly)
• 14: Number of Tommies seeded 1-2-3 in MIAC individual swim or diving events
Did You Know?
• St. Thomas is attempting to win the MIAC team title for the fourth time in seven seasons after going 55 years without winning a crown from 1955-2009
Women's Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Casey Nightingale (SR, second in 3-meter diving at 2015 MIACs; seeded second in MIAC on both boards this season)
• Emma Paulson (JR, three All-America performances in 2015, won three individual events at 2015 MIACs)
• Nicole Herrli (SO, 6 first-place finishes this season)
• Kate Smarjesse (FR, has top-5 MIAC time in 100 back this season)
• Katelyn Strauss (FR, 7 first-place finishes this season)
Did You Know?
• St. Thomas has never won a women's team title in MIAC Swimming & Diving but has placed in the top three in the team standings for six of the last seven seasons.