2015 MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Preview

2015 MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Preview

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2015 MIAC WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS -- The 2015 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championships begin Thursday and there is no shortage of intrigue rippling through this year's event. The Gustavus women will attempt to continue a dynasty-in-the-making, as the Gusties aim for a sixth-straight title, and there are countless decorated stars back looking to make history in 2015.

Head Coach Jon Carlson and his Gustavus team ran its current MIAC championship streak to five in a row in 2014, and the Gusties have won seven of the last eight titles and nine conference championships since 2002. His team's current championship is the second-longest in MIAC history, trailing only St. Olaf's 11-straight titles from 1987-1997.

A year ago may have been the Gusties' most impressive title in their current streak. They amassed 886.5 points to cruise to the MIAC championship in 2014, and won by a margin of 189.5 points. St. Thomas was comfortably in second place with 697 points with St. Olaf rounding out the top three with 507.5 points. Saint Benedict scored 368 points to edge Carleton (350) by just 18 points for fourth place.

St. Catherine scored 275 and just missed a spot in the top five. Macalester was seventh with 226 points, and Concordia (129) edged Augsburg (115) for eighth place. Hamline (78) and Saint Mary's (70) rounded out the standings a year ago.

The 2015 MIAC meet opens with the main question surrounding Gustavus' string of success, and whether or not St. Thomas or another of the challengers are ready to knock the Gusties off their perch. However, there may be even more intrigue surrounding some of the individual milestones and performances on the line, as an amazing number of repeat champions and MIAC record-holders all return.

There are three senior swimmers who will all attempt to make history this week as they aim for four-straight MIAC championships in their respective events. Gustavus' Jennifer Strom is the three-time defending champion in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and she's seeded first in both heading into her final MIAC appearance. St. Thomas teammates Mariann Kukielka and Elise Guenther are both seeking the same feat - Kukielka in the 100-yard butterfly, and Guenther in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Guenther is seeded first in her event (18:01.92), while Kukielka enters seeded No. 2.

There is also an opportunity for history to repeat itself on the diving board, as St. Catherine sophomore Jenna Nagy is back after winning MIAC Diver-of-the-Year honors as a rookie in 2014. Nagy won the MIAC's 1-meter diving title and also earned All-Conference honors on the 3-meter board, and she's poised for more success after setting school records this season and receiving three-straight MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards during the regular season.

Gustavus' hopes start with Strom, who also won three-straight MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards this season. Not only is she the three-time defending champ in the two breaststroke events, but she also won the 500-yard freestyle title in 2014 and is seeded first in those three events (100-breast 1:03.56, 200-breast 2:21.07, 500-free 5:07.10) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:36.33). Teammate Dani Klunk won the 200-IM and 200-fly last season and returns seeded first in the 200-fly and second in the 200-IM.

The Gusties also welcome back Katie Olson, who is the defending champion and seeded first in the 100-free (51.78), and 400-IM champion Haley Booher. Gustavus also added a new face in standout first-year swimmer Kathleen Reilly, who is the top seed in the 200-IM (2:08.72), 50-free (23.81) and 100-fly (56.60). Gustavus also has high hopes for diver Heather Funai, who will compete for titles on both boards, and the Gusties enter as the top seed in all five relay events.

The Tommies certainly appear to be Gustavus' No. 1 challenger yet again, with Kukielka and Guenther leading the way in their quest to complete their careers atop the podium. St. Thomas also receives a boost from Emma Paulson, who is seeded first in the 100-back (58.08), and Emily Punyko is also back after earning All-American honors in the 100-back a season ago.

St. Olaf has a defending champ back in the pool of its own, as Maddie Lee returns as the MIAC champ in the 200-yard freestyle. She holds the league's top time in that event again this season (1:53.46) and has three other top-four seeds this season. Junior Abby Schnaith is also back to lead the Oles in the freestyle events. Claire Walters will be in the running in the butterfly events, and the Oles are excited about diver Courtney Miller.

Saint Benedict is hoping to ascend into the top three this season behind a pair of talented seniors - All-MIAC diver Megan Lawson and butterfly specialist Laura Peterson - and two rookies that have won a combined 16 freestyle races this season in Kristina Rudin and Kenzie Young. Carleton's high hopes start with the return of sophomore Maria Wetzel, who is seeded first in the 200-back (2:03.26) and second in the 100-back and 500-free. Seniors Allison Coogan and Alex Guy are also back in the pool to help the Knights aim for another top-five finish in 2015.

St. Catherine's hopes at another top-six finish start with Nagy and her three school-record scores this season, but the Wildcats also have high hopes in the pool with junior Haley French Krahn and Sydney Wenner also setting school records this season. Macalester graduated NCAA 1-meter driving champion Renee Jordan, but the Scots have high hopes thanks to a talented quartet of sophomores in the swimming events. Samantha Aamot, Hannah Bonestroo, Kaila Chapman and Smaranda Georgescu are all poised for a big week after making their MIAC debut a season ago.

Concordia will field a young but promising team under first-year Head Coach Talia Butery. Sophomores Libby Hardwick and Sarah Nelson and first-year swimmer Ann Marie O'Connell are expected to lead the Cobbers at the MIAC meet. Augsburg fields one of its best teams in 2015 behind star junior swimmer Kelsey Knollmueller, who set four school records at least year's MIAC meet, and senior diver Hayley Olson, who also holds Auggie school records on both boards.

Hamline has talent back in the pool and on the diving board as well, as senior Hannah Hawker holds the Piper record in the 100-back and ranks third all-time in the 200-back, and sophomore diver Kayla Hennum is already on the school's top-10 list on both diving boards. Saint Mary's will be led by versatile sophomore Grace VanBeest, who holds the Cardinals' top time in five events, and rookie Reese Galewski who set a SMU record in the 100-fly this season.

The 2015 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, with two sessions each day. The morning sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. (doors at 9 p.m.) and will feature preliminary races, with the evening championship sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.). Saturday's championship doors will open at 3 p.m. for preliminary heats of the 1,650-yard freestyle and diving.

Tickets are available at either a single-session rate, or all-session passes will also be available for fans who plan to attend the entire event. Single-session passes cost $8 for adults and $4 for students, and all-session passes are $40 for adults and $20 for students. Heat sheets are included in the cost of admission. Children 5 and under are admitted free, and MIAC passes will be honored for all six session. No other passes or discounts will be accepted.

As in years past, all six sessions will be broadcast live online thanks to Webcast America. Fans will also be able to watched archived video of each session following the event and purchase DVDs of the broadcasts via Webcast America's site. MIAC Media's Mike Gallagher will handle play-by-play duties for four of the six sessions, with St. Catherine swimming alumnae Lauren Kranig taking over for the other two sessions. There will also be "live" results available online with results updated shortly after the conclusion of each event for fans following the action from afar.

The MIAC has an exclusive Web site for the 2015 MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The site features the complete event schedule, psych sheet, ticket information and venue information. The site will be constantly updated throughout the event with heat sheets, links to follow the action live, results, recaps, photos and more.

Fans can also monitor MIAC women's swimming and diving on-the-go thanks to the the MIAC mobile app, which is a free download for both Apple and Android devices. Also, connect to the conference on its FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube pages and use the official event hashtag #MIACSD to interact throughout the championships.

The rest of the 2015 MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Preview contains MIAC Championship details, helpful links, a promotional video, an event preview via the MIAC Weekly podcast, and a championship preview for each team submitted by their sports information director.


MIAC MEDIA PREVIEWS S&D CHAMPIONSHIPS

MIAC Media has been busy preparing for one of the conference's biggest annual events with previews of the Championships across all platforms. Monday, the MIAC Weekly podcast with Host Mike Gallagher (who will be the play-by-play voice of the online broadcast for four of the six sessions) took an in-depth look ahead at the event with special guest Macalester Head Coach Beth Whittle. Also, the MIAC released a video to promote the event on its YouTube channel. 

  


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AUGSBURG | Auggies' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head Coach
• Steve Webb (2nd season)

A Year Ago
• 9th place | 115 points

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Kelsey Knollmueller (JR | 8th-fastest time in 400-yard individual medley (4:51.02), 8th-fastest time in 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.51) and 9th-fastest time in 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.22); Set 4 school records and made two consolation finals in 2014 MIAC Championships)
• Whitney Kieley (JR | 19th-fastest time in 100-yard backstroke (1:04.83), also competing in 50-yard freestyle (26.41 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (58.90 seconds))
• Hayley Olson (SR | Will compete in 1-meter (191.63, 6 dives) and 3-meter (192.82, 6 dives) diving, holder of 6-dive school records in both disciplines)
• Jessica Carwin (JR | Will compete in 50-yard freestyle (26.92 seconds), 200-yard freestyle (2:11.91) and 100-yard freestyle (59.56 seconds))
• Marissa Stewart (FY | Will compete in 50-yard freestyle (27.85 seconds), 100-yard backstroke (1:17.73) and 100-yard freestyle (1:01.81))

By the Numbers
• 7: Number of individual school records held by Kelsey Knollmueller, including records set in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.22) and 200-yard individual medley (2:17.19) set this season. She also is part of each of Augsburg's five school records in relay events.
• 2: Diving school records in six-dive events set by Hayley Olson this season, in the 1-meter (191.63) and 3-meter (192.82) disciplines.
• 2: Backstroke school records set by Whitney Kieley this season, in the 50- (30.69 seconds) and 100-yard (1:04.83) events.

Did You Know?
• Augsburg recorded its best-ever performance in the MIAC Championships last season, finishing in ninth place with 115 team points, both school-record finishes.

Out of the Pool
• Augsburg has earned Scholar All-America Team awards from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in five semesters over the last three seasons. The Auggies had a 3.32 team grade-point average in the Spring 2014 semester for the most recent Scholar All-America Team award.

CARLETON | Knights' women's swimming and diving home page | 

Head coach
• Andy Clark (22nd season)

A Year Ago
• 5th place | 350 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• Milana Socha — All-America Honorable Mention (15th place in 50-yard freestyle, also swam in the 100- and  200-yard freestyle)

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Maria Wetzel (So. | 2nd at the 2014 MIAC Championships in 200 backstroke; also swam on All-MIAC 200 and 800 freestyle relays; ranked 2nd in the MIAC this season in the 100 backstroke [58.25], 200 backstroke [2:03.26], and 500 freestyle [5:14.21] as well as 6th in the 200 freestyle [1:57.71] and 7th I the 200 IM [2:14.72])
• Allison Coogan (Sr. | ranked 10th in the MIAC this season in the 200 backstroke [2:13.60], 11th in the 100 backstroke [1:01.72] and 200 breaststroke [2:33.55], 13th in the 100 breaststroke [1:11.03] and 200 IM [2:16.50], and 14th in the 400 IM [4:55.79])
• Alex Guy (Sr. | Swam on All-MIAC 200 freestyle relay at 2014 MIAC Championships; ranked 8th in the MIAC this season in the 50 freestyle [24.81])
• Brittany Salazar (Jr. | Swam on All-MIAC 800 freestyle relay at 2014 MIAC Championships; ranked 10th in the MIAC this season in the 200 freestyle [1:59.34] and 14th in 200 backstroke [2:14.71])
• Amy Roach (Fy. | ranked 5th in the MIAC this season on the 3-meter board and 9th on the 1-meter board)

By the Numbers
• 10: In 10 of the last 13 seasons, the Knights have finished among the top three at the MIAC championships.
• 10: The Knights roster boasts swimmers from 10 different states in addition to a swimmer from France.

Did You Know?
• Alexandra Guy also played four seasons on the Carleton women's soccer team. The team members hail from California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin as well as France.

Out of the Pool
• The Carleton men's swimming and diving was recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for its efforts in the classroom last season after posting a cumulative 3.32 GPA.

CONCORDIA | Cobbers' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Talia Butery (1st season)

A Year Ago
• 8th place | 129 points

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Libby Hardwick (So. | Ranked in the top 35 in the MIAC in the 200-yard backstroke)
• Sarah Nelson (So., | In the top 30 in the MIAC in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly)
• Ann Marie O'Connell (Fr., | Ranked in the top 30 in the MIAC in the 1650 freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard IM)

By the Numbers
• 1: Concordia had only one home meet this season
• 5: Concordia has finished either seventh or eighth at the MIAC Meet for five of the past six years.
• 2,534: Concordia will have traveled a total of 2,534 miles to get to, and back from, their eight away meets this season.

Did You Know?
• Cobber first-year head coach Talia Butery is also the head coach for the Fargo North girls' team and won the state championship with the Spartans in 2012. 

GUSTAVUS | Gusties' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Jon Carlson (25th season)

A Year Ago
• 1st Place | 886.5 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• The Gustavus women's swimming and diving team finished seventh with 154 points at the 2014 NCAA Championships held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Jennifer Strom (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) | 2014 MIAC Champion in the 500 free, 100 breaststroke, and 200 breaststroke…Contributed to the first place 400-medley relay last season…Earned All-America honors in the 400-medley relay, and All-American Honorable Mention recognition in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200-medley relay at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
• Danielle Klunk (Sr., Appleton, Wis.) | MIAC Champion in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and runner-up in the 100 butterfly…Was a member of the first place 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay, and 400-medley relay teams at last season's conference meet…Earned All-America status in the 200-free relay, 400-medley relay, and 400-free relay, as well as All-America Honorable Mention honors in the 200-medley relay.
• Katie Olson (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.) | Won 100 free and finished second in the 50 free at the 2014 MIAC Championships…Was a member of the first place 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay, and 800-free relay teams at last season's MIAC Championships…Earned All-America honors in the 200-free relay, 400-medley relay, and 400-free relay, as well as All-America Honorable Mention honors in the 100 free and 200-medley relay.

By the Numbers
• 1: Where Gustavus's 2014 MIAC title-clinching point total ranks in school history.  
• 3.37: The 2013-14 Gustavus women's swimming and diving team's cumulative grade point average.  The Gusties were recognized as a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) at the end of last season.

Did You Know?
• Swimming standout and 2014 graduate Alissa Tinklenberg (Willmar, Minn.) capped off her brilliant Gustavus career with several major honors last spring.  The most decorated swimmer in program history, Tinklenberg earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, garnered a place on the Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Team, and was named the 2013-14 Gustavus Student-Athlete of the Year.

Out of the Pool
• The Gustavus Adolphus swimming and diving teams hosted the Area 9 Special Olympics aquatics competition on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the Vic Gustafson Pool.  More than 50 student-athletes were in charge of set up and take down, timing, posting results, coordinating athletes, and running the award ceremony following the competition.  To go along with their meet duties, the Gustie swimmers also served as the cheer squad and rooted on the participants for the entirety of the meet.  Roughly 50 Special Olympics swimmers competed in races with distances ranging from 25 yards up to 200 yards.  Aquatics, unlike other sports, is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes.  Special Olympics aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays, perfect for all ages and ability levels.

HAMLINE l Pipers' women's swimming and diving home page l

Head coach
• Ryan Hawke (2nd season)

A Year Ago
• 10th place | 78 points

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Hannah Hawker, Sr., Backstroke/Sprint – holds school record in 100 Back and is third in 200 Back
• Kayla Hennum, So., Diver – Is in Top Ten all-time in two categories (1 Meter, 6 & 11 Dives)
• Kaitlyn Allee, Fr., Backstroke-Biutterfly
• Maya Rapp, So., Butterfly/IM
• Jennie Dwyer, Jr., Distance

By the Numbers
• 1: Senior on the team
• 2: Meets won by Hamline this year
• 8: Freshmen on the team

Did You Know?
• Hannah Hawker's mother, Holli Bowman, was a member of Hamline's national championship teams and still has two Top Ten Times (100 and 200 Free).

Out of the Pool
• The Pipers spent last summer coaching and teaching swimming programs at the Y.

MACALESTER | Scots' women's swimming and diving home page

Head coach
• Beth Whittle (5th season)

A Year Ago
• 7th place | 226 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• 19th, 35 points

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Samantha Aamot (So. | MIAC qualifying times in 100, 200, 500 & 1650 free, 100 back & fly, 200 fly)
• Hannah Bonestroo (So. | MIAC qualifying times in all five freestyle events)
• Kaila Chapman (So. | MIAC qualifying times in 50 free, 100 free, breast and fly, 200 breast & IM)
• Smaranda Georgescu (So. | MIAC qualifying times in eight events, top 40 MIAC time in six events this season)
• Kendall Van Sistine (Jr. | MIAC qualifying times in 100 & 200 back and fly, 200 & 400 IM)

By the Numbers
• 76: The total number of MIAC Championships qualifying times and scores recorded by Maclester's women's swimmers and divers.
• 9: The number of underclassmen Macalester will bring to the MIAC Championships this year.
• 1: The number of national champions the Scots have had. Renee Jordan won the 2014 NCAA Championship in the one-meting diving competiton.

Did You Know?
• Anik Regan is a sprinter both in the pool and on the track. She has a MIAC qualifying time of 27.63 in the 50 freestyle and recently broke into the school's top 10 all-time in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.48.

SAINT BENEDICT | Blazers women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Dan Eckberg (2nd season)

A Year Ago
• 4th place | 368 points

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Megan Lawson (1-m dive, Sr | All-MIAC last season)
• Kristina Rudin (sprint free, FY | 7 individual wins this season)
• Kenzie Young (free, FY | 9 individual wins this season)
• Laura Peterson (fly, Sr | top-eight finish at MIAC last season)

By the Numbers
• 8: Number of first years competing at MIAC championships for CSB
• 6: Number of wins for CSB swimming/diving this season

Did You Know?
• Prior to this season, first year Kenzie Young hadn't swam the 1,000 freestyle in three years. The first time she swam it (at MSU-Moorhead in November), she won the event in 11:13.62 – eighth-best time in CSB history.

ST. CATHERINE | Wildcats' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Steve Mohs (3rd season)

A Year Ago
• 6th place | 275 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• Jenna Nagy placed 8th at NCAA Regional Diving Zones

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Jenna Nagy (So. | MIAC Diver-of-the-Year, 2014; 1-meter champion, 2014; All-MIAC 3-meter, 2014; MIAC season-best scores, 1-meter (445.40), 3-meter (451.25); MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week three times; set three school records)
• Haley French Krahn (Jr. | 8th in 1650 Free, 2014; School records in 1000 and 1650 Free and two relays; top 5 MIAC time in 200 Breast, top 10 in 1650, top 20 in 400 IM, 100 Breast, 100 Free)
• Sydney Wenner (So. | 8th in 100 Fly, 2014; Two school relay records; top 10 MIAC time in 200 Fly, top 15 in 100 Fly)
• Mary Jane Voss (Fy. | Top 10 MIAC time in 400 IM, top 15 in 200 Fly, top 20 in 1650 Free, top 25 in 200 IM)
• Brooke Soller (So. | Top 15 MIAC times in 1000 and 1650 Free, top 25 in 200 Fly)

By the Numbers
• 2: The Wildcats have the second fastest 800 Freestyle Relay time heading into the MIAC Championships at 8:12.38.
• 3: Jenna Nagy was named the MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week three times this season in consecutive weeks after qualifying gfor the NCAA Regional Diving Zones in back-to-back weeks before setting two school records.
• 22: The Wildcats had 22 season-best swims in their final regular season performance of the year at their home St. Kate's Invite on Jan. 31. 

Did You Know?
• The Wildcats have finished in the top six at the MIAC Championships for five consecutive seasons. 

Out of the Pool
• The Wildcats were one of eight MIAC programs and 140 Division III teams to earn the CSCAA Spring Team Scholar All-America award.

SAINT MARY'S | Cardinals' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Eric Lindquist (15th season)

MIAC A Year Ago
• 11th place (70 points)

Top Performers
• Grace VanBeest (5-4, So., Freestyle/Backstroke | Posted a time of 1:00.37 in the 100 freestyle in first collegiate MIAC Championships a year ago. … Holds team's fastest times in five events this season)
• Reese Galewski (5-9, Fr., Butterfly | Set school record in 100 butterfly at 2015 MIAC Invitational … Owns top time in 6 different events this season)
• Anne Raecker (5-0, Sr., Freestyle | Posted team's top times in 200 and 500 freestyle in 2013-14)

By The Numbers
• 3: Grace VanBeest (Flossmoor, Ill.) enjoyed a busy inaugural MIAC Championships, posting a time of 1:00.37 in the 100 freestyle, while adding a 2:26.54 in the 200 IM and a 1:11.52 in the 100 breaststroke.
• 17: Reese Galewski (Winona, Minn.) posted a time of 1:01.45 to win the 100 butterfly at the MIAC Invitational on Feb. 7, shattering the 17-year-old mark of 1:02.01, set by Kellie Collins in 1997.

Did You Know?
• Fourteen of the 18 members of the Cardinals' roster are freshmen or sophomores

Out Of The Pool
• Both Saint Mary's teams were among those who earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) 2014 Spring All-America Scholar honors. … The Cardinal teams also boasted three athletes—Bethany Schmidt (Sparta, Wis.), Kristin Wilkes (Savage, Minn.) and Scott Carnahan (St. Cloud, Minn.)—on the 2013-14 MIAC All-Academic Team.

ST. OLAF | Oles' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head coach
• Bob Hauck (26th season)

A Year Ago
• 3rd Place | 507.5 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• 46th at NCAA Championships

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Maddie Lee (Jr. | Owns top MIAC time in the 200 Free, is 3rd in the league in 100 Free, 4th in 500 Free, fourth in 200 IM)
• Abby Schnaith (Jr. | Has No. 4 time in the 50 and 100 Free, fifth in 200 Free, fourth in 100 and 200 Back)
• Claire Walters (So. | Has No. 2 time in 200 Fly, No. 8 time in 50 Free, and No. 6 in 100 Fly)
• Allie Maxwell-Bumann (So. | Has fourth-best time in MIAC in 1000 Free, fifth in 1650 Free)

ST. THOMAS | Tommies' women's swimming and diving home page |

Head Coach
• Scott Blanchard (1st season)

A Year Ago
• 2nd place | 697 points

In the 2014 NCAA Championships
• 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships – 31st place - Team score: 18 pts. (Emily Punyko 7th in 100 BR, All-America; 14th in 200 medley relay)

Swimmers and Divers to Watch
• Mariann Kukielka, SR, Butterfly (3X MIAC champ 100 fly, three winning MIAC medley relays)
• Emily Punyko, SR, Breaststroke (2014 All-America)
• Elise Guenther, SR, Distances (3X MIAC champ 1,650)

By the Numbers
• 13: Top-3 seeded performances on 2014-15 conference list by UST swimmers and divers coming into MIAC meet, including three by sophomore transfer Emma Paulson
• 3: Years as assistant coach at UST for Scott Blanchard before he replaced the retired Tom Hodgson this season
• 9-6-5-5-3-3-4-3-2-2: Team placings at MIAC Championships for St. Thomas women over last 10 seasons.

Did You Know?
• HM All-America Mariann Kukielka was voted this week as the UST senior class Tommie of the Year. She's just the first female winner in 14 years and second female varsity athlete honored since women first enrolled at St. Thomas in the late 1970s.

Out of the Pool
• The Tommies had six women swimmers make Academic All-MIAC last winter with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.50 or higher. St. Thomas make the 75-team College Swimming Coaches' Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team last spring with its 3.33 team gpa.

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