|Date:||February 13, 2014 - February 15, 2014|
Day One Recap: After the first full day of the 2014 Liberal Arts Championships, Luther is in first place from the field of 12 teams. The Norse tallied six first place finishes en route to a team total of 314 points. Franklin College is a distant second with 172, followed by University of Minnesota-Morris with 133.
Four school records and three Liberal Arts Championships records were set by the Norse. The 400 medley relay team of Clare Slagel, Erin Connolly, Lexi Scharmer and Emily Anderson, set a school and Liberal Arts record with a first place time of 3:50.23. This mark was also an NCAA B-Cut qualifying mark.
Slagel set a new school and Liberal Arts mark in the 500 freestyle clocked at 4:58.91. This time was also an NCAA B-Cut mark. Elizabeth Reed (5:15.26), Corianne Dorgay (5:18.27) and Megan Jelinski (5:19.51) finished second, third and fourth respectively in this same event.
Connolly also set school and Liberal Arts records in the 200 IM (2:09.10), while Sarah Pospisil placed second (2:13.90), and Emily Schroeder was eighth (2:20.32) in this same event.
Zoe Johnson easily won the 3-meter (11 dives) competition with a school record point total of 416.85.
Anderson collected an individual gold in the 50 freestyle (24.41), edging teammate Katie Storey (24.79) who collected silver.
The 200 freestyle relay of Anderson, Storey, Chloe Benjamin and Connolly started the night with a first place finish (1:38.07).
Jackie Hughes collected gold (4:31.91) with a school, liberal arts and B-Cut time. She was followed by Sarah Pospisil who was second (4:44.21), Corianne Dorgay placed sixth (4:51.98) and Christan Scharmer was eighth (5:17.15).
Lexi Scharmer led a trio of Norse in the 100 fly. Scharmer's time of 57.57 was a school record and B-Cut mark. Emily Anderson placed second (58.93), Paige Anderson was fourth (1:01.82) and Emily Schroeder was eighth (1:02.64).
Elizabeth Reed (1:58.18) and Megan Jelinski (1:58.99) went one-two in the 200 freestyle.
Erin Connolly (1:05.97), Katie Storey (1:06.86) and Chloe Benjamin (1:08.98) placed first, second and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Connolly's time was a liberal arts record and B-Cut qualifying mark.
The Norse went 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke led by Clare Slagel who set a liberal arts record with a time of 55.44. Nicole Larson was second (59.13) and Lexi Scharmer was third (1:00.18).
Zoe Johnson (426.60) and Brandi Schierland (444.21) placed first and second respectively in 1-meter diving.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Slagel, Hughes, Jelinski and Reed completed the evening with a first place time of 7:48.26.
Day Three Recap: Luther stood atop the podium for all six events in the final day of the Liberal Arts Championships. The Norse cruised to the 2014 title posting 998 points. Franklin College was a distant second with 604, followed by University of Minnesota-Morris with 418.
Jackie Hughes won two individual titles. Hughes led a sweep in the 1,650 freestyle with a school record (17:50.02). She also won the 200 breaststroke (2:28.02). Elizabeth Reed collected silver in the 1,650 (17:55.79) and Megan Jelinski collected bronze (18:05.53). Katie Storey also advanced to the finals of the 200 breaststroke placing fourth (2:31.90).
Lexi Scharmer set a school record with her first place finish in the 200 fly (2:11.29). Sarah Pospisil (2:19.49) and Paige Anderson (2:24.26) also reached the finals of this event placing fifth and seventh respectively.
Emily Anderson won the 200 freestyle (52.79), while Erin Connolly finished fourth (55.12) and Chloe Benjamin was eighth (56.43).
Clare Slagel set a Liberal Arts Championships record in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:59.14. Nicole Larson collected silver (2:08.80) and Corianne Dorgay just missed the medal stand placing fourth (2:12.42).
The 400 freestyle relay team of Slagel, Storey, Anderson and Connolly capped of the championships with a first place finish (3:34.48).
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