Swimming and diving takes on Tommies

The St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against University of St. Thomas on Nov. 8. It was the first dual meet of the season for both teams and provided a good opportunity for the Oles to test themselves early in the season.

The Ole men performed well and proved to be too strong for the Tommies, claiming a 153-138 victory. Andrew France ’17 and Billy Brebrick ’16 starred for St. Olaf, each scoring four first place finishes in all four events in which they competed. Also leading the way for the Oles was Tanner Roe ’15, who had three first place finishes. Addionally, St. Olaf was victorious in both the 400-Yard Medley Relay and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, capping off a successful event for the team.

The St. Olaf women’s swimming and diving team had mixed results at the event. Despite winning eight of 14 events, the Tommies claimed overall victory by a scoreline of 153-138. For the Oles, Abbey Scnaith ’16 and Maddie Lee ’16 managed four first place finishes each. Marla Thomforde ’16 was also strong, winning the 50-Yard Freestyle event. Also winning for St. Olaf was the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team, which crushed its Tommie rivals by over seven seconds.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will now look forward to a clash with Gustavus Adolphus College on Nov. 14. Additionally, the diving team will compete in the Roger Ahlman Invitational event in St. Paul, Minn. on Nov. 15. In the last event of the calendar year for St. Olaf, the teams will compete in the Jean Freeman Invitational on Dec. 5-6.