The Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team won the 2011 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships with a 3-day total of 792 points, including scoring 287 points in day 3 of competition. It is Gustavus’s 4th MIAC Championship in 5 years.
The Gusties were able to hold off St. Olaf, who finished 2nd with 668 points, and Carleton, who placed 3rd with 484 points. The 3-day conference meet was held at the Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Alissa Tinklenberg recorded Gustavus’s only individual event win of the day, becoming MIAC Champion in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:42.73, her fastest mark of the season. Brogan Barr finished 3rd in the 1650 free with a time of 17:56.06, while Melissa Aune took 4th with a time of 17:57.22.
Carley Mosher placed runner-up in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 2:04.40 and making the NCAA B cut.
The Gusties filled 3 of the top 8 spots in the 100 free. Kelsey Lucia finished 2nd with an NCAA B cut time of 51.84, missing the automatic qualifying time by just .31 seconds. Also finishing in the top 3 in the 100 free was Dajana Vidovic in 3rd place with an NCAA B cut time of 52.31. Rounding out the top 8 in the event was Serena Elthon (54.31).
Laura Drake was the top Gustie swimmer in the 200 breaststroke, placing 4th with a mark of 2:24.31 (NCAA B). Anika Erickson, two-time champion in the 200 breaststroke, placed 5th in 2:24.44 (NCAA B).
The 200 butterfly was another event littered with Gusties. Steph Korba turned in the top Gustavus performance in the race, finishing runner-up in 2:09.971 and surpassing the previous meet record. Marnie Luke and Anna Eames placed 6th and 8th place, respectively. Luke went 2:11.83 and Eames swam a 2:19.46.
Alicia Alvarado recorded the top Gustie diving performance of the meet by taking 8th with a score of 287.10.
The 400 freestyle relay team made up of Hund, Tinklenberg, Vidovic, and Lucia put the finishing touches on the meet, winning the race with an NCAA B cut time of 3:29.21.
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