Author: Alana Patrick

Swim teams dominate Gustavus

Brebrick ’16 and Schnaith ’16 named MIAC athletes of week

The St. Olaf men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday, Nov. 9 at Skoglund Center. The men won 195-99, while the women emerged with a 169-131 victory.

Billy Brebrick ’16 dominated in the men’s competition, winning all three of his individual events and helping teammates Evan Griffith ’15, Colby Kubat ’14 and Tanner Roe ’15 to a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Brebrick’s performance in the 200-yard butterfly was especially notable: His time of 1:54.24 marks the third best in school history. Brebrick also won the 100-yard butterfly 51.27 and the 100-yard freestyle 47.28. For his successes, Brebrick was named the season’s first MIAC men’s swimming and diving athlete of the week.

Overall, the men won 13 of 16 events at the meet. Last season, they finished second in the MIAC, beating out third-place Gustavus.

In the women’s competition, Abbey Schnaith ’16 showcased her talent, winning both the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. She also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke. Finally, Schnaith’s freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay helped teammates Carolyn Bernhardt ’14, Megan Gaylord ’16 and Lydia Feldman ’13 achieve a first-place finish – as well as a Skoglund Center record. The relay’s time of 1:48.39 was .15 seconds away from a school record. Schnaith was named MIAC women’s swimming and diving athlete of the week for her performance.

Meghan Weiss ’13 also dominated in her races, winning the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. She helped teammates Bernhardt, Laura Begin ’14 and Marla Thomforde ’16 finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The women won 10 of 16 events throughout the meet. Gustavus, perennially a powerhouse, edged St. Olaf for the MIAC Championship last season.

The Ole swimmers will take the rest of November off, while the divers travel to St. Paul, Minn. for the Roger Ahlman Invitational on Nov. 17.

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Cross country teams host NCAA meet

The St. Olaf men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the NCAA Division-III Central Regional Championships on Nov. 10. The men race at 11 a.m., followed by the women at 12 p.m.

The Ole men enter the meet ranked second in the region and 28th nationally. Having won the MIAC title on Oct. 27, the team looks to show strongly against other Central division schools. Grant Wintheiser ’15, who was the overall winner in the MIAC Championship meet with a time of 25:08.1, will undoubtedly be a strong competitor at the Regional meet.

Meanwhile, the Ole women look to build off their second place finish at the MIAC Championships on Oct. 27. They enter this weekend’s competition ranked third in the region and 18th nationally. Six Oles finished in the top 25 at the MIAC Championships, led by Jorden Johnson ’15 and Emma Lee ’13, who placed second and third overall.

St. Olaf has hosted the NCAA Division-III Championships twice – in 2002 and 2007 – and has hosted the Minnesota State High School Championships for 21 consecutive years.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams look to proceed to the NCAA Division-III Championships at LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 17.

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Football tops No. 12 Bethel 24-17

Schmiesing’s touchdown with 3:22 remaining seals Ole victory

The St. Olaf football team defeated No. 12 Bethel University 24-17 on Nov. 3 at Manitou Field. Wide receiver Jake Schmiesing ’13 had two touchdowns in the victory.

Schmiesing’s first touchdown came with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter. Quarterback Dan Dobson ’13 made a seven-yard pass that connected with Schmiesing in the end zone. The score propelled the Oles to a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Oles started the second quarter on offense, but were forced to react defensively when Bethel linebacker Seth Mathis intercepted Dobson’s pass at the St. Olaf 44-yard line. Rushing past Ole attackers, Mathis returned the 44 yards to score for the Royals. His touchdown – and 14 tackles throughout the game – made for a performance that earned Mathis MIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

At the end of the first half, the Royals led 10-7, helped by kicker Nathanial Van Loon’s 22-yard field goal with one minute remaining.

The Oles regained the lead in the third quarter off a five-yard touchdown catch by Derek Henle ’14 at 6:35. However, the Royals responded in the fourth quarter when quarterback Erik Peterson connected with running back Jesse Phenow for a 32-yard touchdown, giving the Royals a 17-14 advantage with 11:40 remaining in the game.

St. Olaf’s subsequent drive resulted in a 32-yard field goal by kicker Lucas Wainman ’16 to tie the score. Bethel’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff put the Oles on offense with just over four minutes remaining. With 3:22 on the clock, Dobson connected with Schmiesing for the game-winning, 30-yard touchdown.

The Oles 7-2, 5-2 in the MIAC travel to St. Thomas University on Nov. 10 for their last game of the season.

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First-time runner Johnson dominates MIAC

NAME: Jorden Johnson ’15

SPORT: Cross Country

HOMETOWN: Blaine, Minn.

HIGH SCHOOL: Blaine High School

MAJOR: Chemistry

WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: I came to St. Olaf because it has a great community atmosphere, and this college allows me to pursue a degree in chemistry in a state-of-the-art science building.

CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY: This is my first year ever running cross country. Last year, I played soccer for the Oles, and in high school I played varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse for four years.

FAVORITE PUMP-UP SONGS: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons and “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly

FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: “Miracle” . . . I guess I am a true Minnesotan hockey player.

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Alex Morgan U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “ER” reruns and Food Network’s “Chopped”

FAVORITE BOOK: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy


THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN CROSS COUNTRY: It’s a tie . . . soccer in the summer and hockey in the winter.

RANDOM FACT: I have never read the “Harry Potter” books or watched the TV shows “Friends,” “Pretty Little Liars” or “Glee.”

BEST ADVICE I’VE RECEIVED: Everything happens for a reason; it just may take a while to find out what the reason is.

PLANS AFTER OLAF: Go to graduate school for chemistry and then find a job in a lab somewhere. Eventually I want to get my Ph.D.

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Women’s soccer falls in semifinal

Augsburg’s overtime goal ends Oles’ season in devastating loss

The women’s soccer team suffered a 1-2 overtime loss to Augsburg College on Oct. 31 in the MIAC semifinals at Rolf Mellby Field. The defeat ended the Oles’ season, the team’s final record standing at 8-7-4, 6-4-2 in the MIAC.

The Auggies jumped to a 1-0 first-half lead off a goal from midfielder Bri Dorale at 36:17. Rachael Nelson assisted on the play, claiming the ball off a corner kick and passing to Dorale in front of the net. The goal marked Dorale’s third of the season.

The Oles responded in the second half. After a near miss on Kajsa Brindley’s ’16 shot that hit the post, the Oles tied the game in the 60th minute off a goal from Christine Barringer ’13. Similar to the Auggies’ first-half goal, the point followed a corner kick. Barringer rushed to a loose ball in front of the net, sending it unassisted past Auggie goaltender Katie Gajewski. The goal was Barringer’s third of the season.

In the final half hour of regular time, the Oles dominated, outshooting the Auggies 4-0. Brindley had a shot hit the crossbar in the 84th minute, leading to a rebound attempt by Kyle Clifford ’16. Gawjewski, who had seven saves throughout the game, thwarted the Oles’ efforts.

As the clock wound down, the score remained tied, forcing sudden-death overtime. The Auggies had four shots in the extra time period, including Marie Fitzgerald’s game-winning goal with 4:06 remaining.

St. Olaf goaltender Nora Forbes ’14 made six saves in the loss.

Augsburg faces Concordia-Moorhead on Nov. 3 for the MIAC championship.

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