|Date:||February 14, 2018 - February 17, 2018|
For the first time in school history Luther is hosting the Liberal Arts Championships. This is the 36th year that the women have competed for a team title at this event dating back to 1983.
Luther finished the 2018 Liberal Arts Championships in third place with a four-day point total of (427). Franklin University its second consecutive team title posting (815.5). Coe College was the runner-up (430).
Day 1 Recap (Wednesday): The only event tonight was the 800 freestyle relay. The foursome of Pilar Dritz, Sam Kraft, Martha Stelter and Sofie Wallock placed third clocked at 8:09.13. Franklin College won the event (7:45.37) and Illinois Tech was second (8:05.04).
Day 2 Recap (Thursday): Three individuals and the 200 freestyle relay advanced to today's A-Finals. Linnea Lee-Brown was crowned a Liberal Arts Champion touching the wall first in the 50 freestyle with a time of (24.06). During the preliminary round, she set a new pool record of (23.98) and just missed the B-Cut qualifying mark of (23.75) and Luther school record of (23.95) held by Rachel Bruns.
Sam Kraft finished third in the 500 freestyle (5:09.91) and Pilar Dritz placed sixth in the 200 IM (2:15.35).
The 200 freestyle relay of Lee-Brown, Kraft, Lilly Nelson and Sofie Wallock placed third with a time of 1:40.46.
In three-meter diving (11 dives), Megan Broadbent placed third with 383.75 points and Elizabeth Bonin was fourth with 361.45 points.
Day 3 Recap (Friday): Three Norse advanced to tonight's A-Finals. Dritz placed sixth in the 400 IM (4:50.35), Lee-Brown finished fifth in the 100 fly (1:56.70) and Kraft placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:56.70).
The 200 medley foursome of Elena Dooley, Dritz, Lee-Brown and Lilly Nelson finished the night with a fifth place finish (1:53.00).
The final day of competition will begin tomorrow with the preliminary rounds will beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Day 4 Recap (Saturday): Six Norse advanced to the A-Finals in today's action. Sam Kraft placed second in the 1650 freestyle (17:42.06). Kelly Cherrier placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle (19:11.43) and seventh in the 200 fly (2:20.11). Linnea Lee-Brown placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (55.00) and Pilar Dritz was fifth in the 200 backstroke (2:11.85).
Megan Broadbent (362.75) and Elizabeth Bonin (342.55) finished fourth and fifth respectively in one-meter diving.
The 400 freestyle relay ended the meet with a third place finish. The foursome of Dritz, Lilly Nelson, Lee-Brown and Kraft posted a time of (3:40.67).
Sponsor: Swimming and Diving (women)
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586