Gratz is MIAC's swimmer of the week
December 4, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf sophomore Mike Gratz was named the MIAC's swimmer of the week on Monday, after helping the Oles to a second place finish at the Rochester Inviational this weekend.
Gratz, who finished either first or second in six total events, and bested the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in each of the six races. In the process, the sophomore and his teammates broke the school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which was the oldest standing swimming mark in the program's record book.
Gratz and the Oles won the 400-free relay with a time of 3:03.02, which is now the fastest time in school history. Individually, Gratz racked up victories in the 200-yard individual medley (1:52.74) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.21), while finishing as the runner up in the 100-yard freestyle (45.21). He also helped St. Olaf touch the wall first in the 400-yard medley relay (3:22.04) and second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.12). Gratz also met the 'B' standard in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.60 leading off the 400-medley relay. Thanks to this weekend's performance, Gratz has the MIAC's top time in the three individual events, and St. Olaf is also atop the leader board in the three relays as well. Gratz and the Oles will now enjoy nearly a full month off before their next competition, which will take place New Year s Eve (Dec. 31). St. Olaf will swim at the Ed Kennedy Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on the final day of 2012. The Oles will open 2013 with an intrasquad/alumni meet on Jan. 5, and will resume competition against conference foes on Jan. 12 in St. Paul in a meet hosted by Macalester and Hamline.