Women’s swimming and diving: Scots repeat as Ahlman guest champions

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S T. PAUL, Minn. – The Macalester College women’s swimming and diving team hosted the annual Roger Ahlman Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Riley Pool and placed first in the team standings for the second year in a row. The Scots scored 813 points to win the nine-team meet, with St. Catherine sitting second on 749 points.

On Friday, Macalester broke two school records in the relay. The freshman quartet emma henry (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith), freshman year Izzy Uhlhorn-Thornton (Mill Valley, California/Tamalpais), sophomore natalie pollock (Madison, Wisconsin/Madison West) and junior Jocelyn Radke (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed second in the 400-yard medley relay with a school record time of 3:59.58, surpassing the old record of 4:02.43 set at last year’s MIAC Championships. Henry’s 800-yard freestyle relay team, Pollock, sophomore carolina chapon (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and senior Grace Madigan (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) won with a time of 7:58.29. breaking the old mark of 8:00.09 set in 2006.

Radke earned the Scots’ only individual win on Friday, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.65. Second year student Olga Merkadeau (Lafayette, Calif./The College Preparatory School) finished third in 24.89, followed by sophomore Anna Rakowski (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) in fourth (24.98). Chapon also placed fourth in the individual 200-meter medley with a time of 2:14.29.

Saturday’s meet was highlighted by an individual school record by Henry, who placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.26. The old record of 2:08.56 was set last year by a sophomore teammate. Verity Wray-Raabolle (Owatonna, Minn./Bethlehem Academy), who placed third behind Henry. Also on Saturday, Madigan won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.96, Uhlhorn-Thornton placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.50, Merkadeau finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.23, and Pollock won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:15.40. The Scots 200-yard freestyle relay team of Merkadeau, Henry, Rakowski and Radke won with a time of 1:38.80.


In diving events, sophomore year kate yehle (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) placed second in the 3-meter board (334.10) and third in the 1-meter board (342.75). In addition to her school record, Henry finished fourth in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke, and Wray-Raabolle finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.14. Chapon was second in the 400-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle, with Radke third in the 100-meter freestyle. Uhlhorn-Thornton placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke, while the freshman Hannah Zurn (Hudson, Wisconsin/Hudson) and sophomore Olivia Johnson (Miwaukee, Wis./Shorewood) finished third in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard fly, respectively.

This is the final meeting of 2022 for Macalester, who will compete again in January.

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team scores
1. Macalesto – 813
2. Saint Catherine – 749
3. Saint Thomas – 549
4. Concordia-St. Paul – 309
6. Next to the morning – 226
8. Michigan Tech Club – 159
9. Concord-Moorhead – 136