Tanner Roe named MIAC swimming/diving athlete of the week

Matt Higgins
January 21, 2013

The St. Olaf men's swimming and diving team had a great showing over the weekend, finishing second at the annual "Meet of the Saints," hosted by St. Thomas Saturday afternoon. Leading the Oles to their top-two finish was swimmer Tanner Roe (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), who displayed both greatness and versatility. The sophomore contributed to four first-place finishes in the meet - two individual and two relay teams - with the unusual feat of winning both the 100-meter freestyle, and the mile. For his performance, Roe was named the MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week.

Roe's two individual wins were impressive both on their own, and when compared side-by-side. He claimed victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a winning time of 47.65, then showed he could also do long-distance, winning the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:41.31. In addition, he helped the Oles win the 400-yard medley relay (3:28.41) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:08.92) and finish second as a team with 765 points, behind only the host Tommies (863 points). Roe's times rank him in the top five in the MIAC in both the 100 and 1,650 this season.

Roe and the Oles hope for another strong performance Saturday as they host their cross-town rivals in a highly-anticipated dual meet, as Carleton visits St. Olaf Saturday at 11 a.m. in a battle for Northfield supremacy. The Oles will be on the road the following weekend at the MIAC Invitational in St. Paul, and the two-day event will be the team's final tune-up prior to the 2013 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held Feb. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.