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Women sharp again in pool

Women sharp again in pool

St. Thomas won a pair of weekend dual meets over Carleton and St. Olaf. Tom Negaard had a hand in eight wins, Bailey Biwer was in on seven, and Katelyn Strauss and Alex Howard were in on six over the two competitions.

The Tommie women won nine of 12 pool events topped Carleton on Friday, 180-119, and won 10 pool races and one diving event and beat the Oles 176-123.

The Tommie men won all 12 pool events and topped Carleton on Friday, 226-64, and won nine pool races and both diving events and beat the Oles 210-85.

St. Thomas plays host to a Nov. 10-11 invitational meet at Anderson Pool.


Women's Highlights

The Tommie women posted seven top-50 national times on individual or relay races. On the conference season times list, UST had eight No. 1s and four No. 2s.

Katelyn Strauss swam 2:07.87 in the 200 fly against St. Olaf, sixth best in D-III and first in the MIAC. She also had the 16th best D-III time in the 100 (58.67) and 24th best time in the 500 free (5:13.99), both MIAC leading.

Howard contributed to five performances that rank first or second in the MIAC, including three in the top 32 nationally. She led off the 200 free relay that clocked 1:39.40, first in the MIAC and 13th nationally. She anchored the 200 medley that is ranked third in the MIAC and 21st nationally. Her 200 free time of 1:55.22 is second in the MIAC. Her 200 back time of 2:14.43 is the fastest in the MIAC this season. Her 500 free time of 5:15.92 is second  in the MIAC and 31st nationally.

Strauss, Howard, Tiana Molitor and Kate Smarjesse comprised the 200 free relay that clocked 1:39.40 -- ranked first in the MIAC and 13th nationally. Howard, Strauss, Kirsten Nelson and Ashley Christensen made up the 200 medley relay that is ranked third in the MIAC and 21st nationally in 1:50.92. 

Freshman Kasey Ericson won the 100 free at Carleton in 10:47.25, a time that ranks 21st in D-III and first in the conference.

Christensen is ranked 24th in D-III and first in the MIAC with her 2:28.94 time in the 200 breaststroke at St. Olaf.

Nelson moved to No. 2 in the MIAC in both the 100 back (61.04) and 200 back (2:16.71).

Janelle Mueller won three-meter diving in each competition.


Men's Highlights

The Tommie men posted six top-50 national times on individual or relay races. On the MIAC list, UST had four No. 1s and seven No. 2s.

Biwer posted the No. 17 D-III time and top MIAC showing this season in the 100 fly as he clocked 51.49 at Carleton. Biwer had the MIAC's No. 2 and D-III's No. 30 time in the 500 free as he clocked 4:47.35 at St. Olaf in a close second-place finish. He also has the conferenec's No. 2 time with his 21.92 at Carleton for the 50 free.

Max Larson had the No. 50 D-III time and a No. 1 MIAC time as he went 1:59.97 in the 200 IM at Carleton.

Negaard posted four top-3 times in the MIAC and posted the 41st fastest D-III time and best MIAC clocking to date in the 50 free (21.61). He swam 48.37 in the 100 free and 54.04 in the 100 back, both ranked second in the conference, and 2:00.39 in the 200 back, third in the conference.

The Toms' 200 free relay (1:26.32) of Negaard, Biwer, Zach Wiesen and Charles Hynes moved to first in the MIAC and 16th nationally. Their 200 medley relay (1:36.95) with Negaard, Alexander Robb, Omar Omar and Biwer now ranks second in the MIAC and 29th nationally. 

Robb moved into second on the MIAC lists in the 100 breast (60.54) and 200 breast (2:14.77).

Andrew Grabowski swept the three- and one-meter boards each day. His weeken best scores were 280.30 for three meter and 252.10 on one meter.