The Oles' 400 Free Relay team on the podium after its win on Thursday night.

Ole men open up lead at MIAC's as Gratz sets meet record

Mike Ludwig
February 13, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - The St. Olaf men's swimming and diving team won four events, including each relay, to open up a 60-point lead on Thursday after the first of three days of the MIAC Championships at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center.

The Oles' 200 Free Relay team of Tanner Roe, Billy Brebrick, Alek Rudstrom and Michael Gratz picked up the team's first win with a 1:21.60 in the event final, which was .05 seconds off the meet record and met the 2013 NCAA qualifying time.

Rudstrom, Colby Kubat, Brebrick and Roe closed the night with a convincing win in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:20.20, over three and a half seconds in front of second place St. Thomas. The time was also a NCAA qualifying time.

Gratz won as the first of five Oles in the 200 Individual Medley final, with a meet record and NCAA standard time of 1:49.03. Kubat was third with a NCAA B cut time (1:52.03), Nick Wilkerson fourth, Phillip Maple seventh and Andrew France eighth.

Roe had the Oles' other win of the night, taking first in the 50 Free as one of three St. Olaf swimmers in the event final. Brebrick was fourth and Rudstrom sixth.

The Oles opened the night with Scott Hodgson's second place finish in the 1-meter diving event. The Oles had another second place finish, as Spencer Scarth was runner up in the 500 Free.

St. Olaf is leading the three-day event with 272 points, while St. Thomas is second with 212.

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