It is swimming's version of spring training. The Pipers got a chance to size up their competition and get used to their new teammates at the St. Thomas Relays. It was an unscored meet with swimmers from several MIAC schools partaking in a variety of unusual relay events. The top men's performance came when the team of Corbin Conliffe, Nick Herrera, Isak Varti and Ben Smidt were fifth in the 300-yard Butterfly Relay. The women's best effort saw the team of Hannah Hankins, Rachel Hinderaker, Trisha Molitor and Erin Weslander finish eighth in the 300-yard Breaststroke Relay.
Things get more serious ... and likely more interesting next Saturday. The Pipers will host Saint Mary's, Augsburg, Saint John's and Saint Benedict's in an invitational meet.