Women's Swim-Dive gets No. 14 national ranking

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

CSCAA news release

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Both St. Thomas Men's and Women's Swim-Dive teams remain in the national top-20 polls. The UST women come in at No. 14, while the men are at No. 19.

St. Thomas had several fast swims last weekend at Anderson Pool in the Andregg Invitational. The Tommie women posted nine performances that rank in the top 35 this season in Division III, while the men had seven.

On the women's side the 800 free relay had the second-best D-III time thus far (7:52.33) with Alex Howard, Katelyn Strauss, Kasey Ericson and Mira Schroeder; the 400 medley relay (3:59.91) ranks No. 5 nationally with Kirsten Nelson, Ashley Christensen, Strauss and Howard; the 400 free relay (3:35.78) ranks No. 7 with Howard, Strauss, Kate Smarjesse and Tiana Molitor

Individually, Ericson clocked 17:58.45 in the 1650, fourth best in D-III; Strauss' 200 fly time of 2:05.92 ranks No. 3; Howard is ranked No. 10 and No. 14 in the 200 free (1:55.21) and 500 free (5:10.16); and Christensen is 34th in the 300 breaststroke (2:29.56).

On the men's side the 800 free relay had the third-best D-III time thus far (7:04.00) with Bailey Biwer, Joe Herrli, Max Larson and Warren Melton; the 400 medley relay (3:31.97) ranks No. 10 nationally with Tom Negaard, Alexander Robb, Omar Omar and Bailey Biwer; the 400 free relay (3:10.30) ranks No. 9 with Charles Hynes, Hunter Nielsen, Negaard and Biwer.

Individually, Andrew Grabowski moved to No. 3 in one-meter with his 427.35 score; Biwer is No. 17 in the 200 free (1:43.65); Negaard is No. 28 in the 100 back (52.63); and Collin Moon is 26th in the 1650 free (17:11.59).

The men and women compete against St. John's and St. Ben's this Saturday afternoon in Collegeville.