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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:37 am | Updated: 12:22 am, Sat Feb 23, 2013.

Oles swim and dive wins MIAC title

The St. Olaf Men’s Swimming and Diving team captured the conference title on Saturday with a strong third day at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

The Oles, who finished first in five events on day three, held off second place St. Thomas and third place Gustavus to win the 29th MIAC championship in school history. St. Olaf finished with 787 points.

Billy Brebrick won the 200 Butterfly and set a meet and MIAC record with a time of 1:48.94. His time also made the NCAA A cut.

In the 200 Breast, Colby Kubat finished first (2:02.24) for an NCAA A cut, while Erik Money made the NCAA B cut with a time of 2:06.70.

Spencer Scarth took first in the 1650 Free (16:03.30), while Eric Carlson (16:42.20) and Swan Westby (16:49.52) finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the 200 Back, Evan Griffith won with a time of 1:50.00.

The Oles took first in the 400 Free Relay (3:03.02).

Mike Gratz took second in the 100 Free (44.88), while Tanner Roe finished second (45.58).

St. Olaf’s Saksa sets indoor track and field record

Brian Saksa won the mile and set the Snowshoe Open record on Friday at the University of Minnesota.

Saksa won the event for the second year in a row with a time of 4:09.64, posting the top time in the MIAC and second best for Division III Indoor Track and Field. Saksa finished less than a second ahead of Minnesota runner Marcus Paulson.

Time Lillehaugen gained the first spot in the MIAC in the 3000-meter run finishing third at the Snowshoe with a time of 8:36.15. Teammate Phillip Meyer came in eighth at 8:40.59.

Carleton men’s tennis wins fourth straight

McCoy Becker (Jr./Ojai, Calif./Thacher School) went a perfect 3-0 on the day in helping the Carleton College men’s tennis team notch victories over Luther College and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Both matches were decided by scores of 6-3.

“McCoy’s game plan is about as secret as a CIA director’s email account,” said Carleton head coach Stephen Zweifel. “Everybody knows he will simply run down every ball on the court.”

Against Luther, the No. 12-ranked team in the region, Becker teamed with Erik Johnson (Fy./Grand Forks, N.D./Red River) for an 8-4 triumph at third doubles. Austin Jiang (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) and Alex Chin (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) added an 8-3 win at the second spot.

Carleton’s Klontz names MIAC men’s swimmer of the year

On the final day of competition at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, Erik Klontz (Sr./Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) once again stole the show. This time it was his performance in the 100-yard freestyle as he broke the MIAC record with a winning time of 44.52. He later anchored the Knights’ 400-yard freestyle relay that allowed the Carleton College men to finish one spot ahead of Gustavus Adolphus in that event and edge the Gusties for third in the team standings by two only points.

He finished the weekend with MIAC titles in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay. In the process, he broke the MIAC Championship and MIAC overall records in all three events. Klontz figured in a total of six All-MIAC swims, three individually and three relays, and he was voted by the conference coaches as the MIAC Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Year for 2013. He joins Jason Brown (2002 and 2003) and Ted Marschall (2008) as Knights to receive this accolade.

St. Olaf won its 29th team title with 787 points, followed by St. Thomas (748), Carleton (528), and Gustavus (526) with Saint John’s (438) rounding out the top five teams.

St. Olaf women swim and dive takes third at MIACs

he St. Olaf Women’s Swimming and Diving team wrapped up day three of the MIAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in third place on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

The Oles finished with 630 points behind only Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of St. Thomas.

Meghan Weiss won the 100 Free with a time of 51.72, capping a weekend where she won three events.

In the 200 Back, Carolyn Bernhardt (2:03.52), Maddie Lee (2:06.87). and Abbey Schnaith (2:08.41) finished second, third, and fourth, respectively.

Carleton women take fifth at swim and dive championships

Sophie Pilhofer (Sr./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation) posted a NCAA “B” cut time and placed second in the 100-yard freestyle on the final day of action at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Carleton College women finished fifth in the team competition.

Pilhofer posted the top time during the preliminary round of the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 51.79, a full second improvement on her previous career-best and making her the second-fastest swimmer in Carleton history for this event behind Marie Marsman ’04. Like she did a year ago, Pilhofer finished second during the finals, this time at 51.93.

Reach Sports Editor Jordan Osterman at 645-1111, or follow him on Twitter.com @NFNJordan.

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