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Day Three Recap: Saturday Complete Results
Luther captured its seventh consecutive Liberal Arts Championships title posting a team total of 1,064. Loras College (449) was a distant second, followed by University of Minnesota-Morris (385).
The Norse also took home all of the major awards. Clare Slagel was named the Female Swimmer of the Meet; Zoe Johnson was named the Female Diver of the Meet; Head Coach Lance Huber was named the Female Swimming Coach of the Meet; and Dave Happel was named the Female Diving Coach of the Meet.
Johnson won both the one meter (429.60) and three meter (398.80) diving events. Her point total in the one meter event also qualified her for the NCAA III Diving Regional that will be held in San Antonio, Texas Mar. 1-2. Trinity University is hosting one of the four Diving Regionals at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. The top two divers from each of the four Regionals automatically qualify for the Division III National Diving Championships. Sixteen divers selected from the four Regionals will also receive an at-large invitation.
Slagel wrapped up her MVP performance with an individual gold in the 200 backstroke (2:01.89) that was a new Liberal Arts record. She also swam the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay (3:35.48) that included Katie Storey, Chloe Benjamin and Erin Connolly that placed first.
Storie also won an individual title in the 200 breaststroke (2:29.23) and Lexi Scharmer won the 200 fly (2:15.10). Scharmer's time ranks third all-time.
Medal performances were also posted by Lisbet Finseth and Elizabeth Reed who finished second and third respectively in the 1,650 freestyle; Sarah Pospisil a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke; Erin Connolly a second place finish in the 100 freestyle; Nicole Larson a third place finish in the 200 backstroke; and Brandi Schierland a second place finish in one meter diving.
Day Two Recap: Friday Complete Results
Luther holds a commanding 408 point lead after the second day of competition. Luther has tallied 709 points and is followed by Loras College at 301 and University of Minnesota Morris with 251.
The Norse posted 13 medal performances today that included seven gold. The 200 medley relay team of Slagel, Connolly, Lexi Scharmer and Katherine Blocker placed first clocked at 1:46.32. This time was a new Liberal Arts and school record as well as a B-cut qualifying mark for the NCAA III National Championships.
The 800 freestyle relay capped off the days action with a first place time of 8:00.23. This group included Slagel, Elizabeth Reed, Laura Boran and Connor Hoff.
Individually, gold medal performances were recorded by Pospisil in the 400 IM (4:42.25), Lexi Scharmer in the 100 fly (58.08), Reed in the 200 freestyle (1:59.13), Connolly in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.68), and Slagel in the 100 backstroke (56.06). Sharmer's time in the 100 fly was a new Coe Pool record as well as a new Luther record. Pospisil's time in the 400 IM ranks third all-time and Connolly's time in the 100 breaststroke ranks second all-time.
Hoff (2:00.21) and Boran (2:00.53) completed a Luther sweep in the 200 freestyle placing second and third respectively. Nicole Larson (59.78) and Lexi Scharmer (1:00.07) did the same in the 100 backstroke, posting the third and fifth fastest times in school history. Amelia Ladd placed third in the 100 fly (1:00.59) with a time that ranks fifth all-time. Chloe Benjamin was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.34) and now ranks third all-time.
Day One Recap:Thursday Complete Results
After the first day of competition at the Liberal Arts Championships, Luther sits atop the 12-team field with 342 points. Loras College is a distant second at 121, followed by Morningside College with 110.
The Norse posted six first, two runner-up and a third place finish during today's competition. Individual golds were captured by Clare Slagel in the 500 freestyle (5:04), Erin Connolly in the 50 freestyle (24.57), Sarah Pospisil in the 200 IM (2:11.93) and Zoe Johnson in three-meter diving (398.80). Slagel's time was a Liberal Arts Championships and Luther school record. Connolly's winning time ranks third on Luther's all-time list, while Pospisil's ranks second all-time.
The Norse also captured gold in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.01) and the 400 medley relay (3:53.06). Amelia Ladd, Katie Storey, Chloe Benjamin and Connolly swam the 200 free relay. Slagel, Connolly, Lexi Scharmer and Storie won the 400 medley relay with a time that was a new Liberal Arts, school record and a B-cut qualifying mark for the NCAA III National Championships.
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