Senior Bailey Biwer and junior Katelyn Strauss were honored Tuesday at the Men's and Women's Athletes of the Week in MIAC Swim-Dive. This is Strauss' third MIAC weekly honor of her career, and Biwer's second.
Biwer, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., was an honorable mention All-America last season. He also was in on six victories at the MIAC Championships and is an 11-time conference champion.
He had a hand in three firsts to lead the Tommies at last Saturday's St. Thomas Relays. He competed on the winning 200 free (1:26.35), and 800 free relays (1:44.65) and 400 IM relay (7:07.79). Biwer had a 1:44.65 split to lead off the 800 free -- the 11th fastest time early on the D-III season list; and split 52.42 on the IM relay anchor, D-III's fastest time thus far for a 100 IM. The Toms rank first in the 800 free relay and 10th in the 200 free relay nationally.
Strauss, a native of Plymouth and an Osseo High grad, had a hand in three victories to lead the Tommies Saturday at the St. Thomas Relays. Very early in the D-III national list, the Toms rank fourth in the 400 free relay, which Strauss anchored to first in a time of 3:38.92, and first in the 800 free relay, which she led off en route to a time of 8:09.64. Her 200 free split of 1:58.40 ranks 21st in D-III. She also anchored the Toms' winning 300 fly relay.
Last March at the NCAA Championships, Strauss broke her own school record in the 200 fly (2:01.83) and placed fifth. Strauss also placed 16th in the 100 fly and was on a 15th-place relay for honorable mention All-America in both. Strauss has been a part of nine victories and two seconds in the last two MIAC meets.
St. Thomas is off this weekend and competes Nov. 3-4 with dual meets at Carleton and at St. Olaf.