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Men's swimming and diving breaks records, holds on to lead at MIAC's

Mike Ludwig
February 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS - The St. Olaf men's swimming and diving team set two meet records while winning six of the seven events in play on Friday to hold on to first place after the second of three days at the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

St. Olaf opened the night with a convincing win in the 200 Medley Relay. Michael Gratz, Colby Kubat, Billy Brebrick and Alek Rudstrom combined to finish in a meet record time of 1:30.36, besting the Oles' 2009 relay.

The Oles closed the night with the same result, winning the 800 Free Relay -- with Gratz, Tanner Roe, Brebrick and Spencer Scarth -- in 6:44.36, which broke the meet and MIAC record.

St. Olaf leads the meet with 564 points. St. Thomas is second with 477 and Carleton third with 355.5.

Kubat (55.52) won as St. Olaf took home the top three spots in the 100 Breast. The win marked the fourth straight, a career sweep, for Kubat. Nick Wilkerson was second (55.98) and Erik Money (56.17) as all three times met NCAA qualifying times last winter. The Oles' Phillip Maple was sixth in 57.56, which is a NCAA B cut.

Scarth took home first place in the 400 Individual Medley, as the first of three Oles in the event final. First year Graham Downing and junior Evan Griffith were sixth and seventh.

Brebrick picked up a second place finish in the 100 Fly with a time (48.46) that bettered the former meet and MIAC record, one he set in 2013. UST's Mike Lanz won the event in 48.21. The Oles' Andrew France was seventh (51.65).

St. Olaf is trying for its second straight and 30th MIAC championship.

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