In swimming, you don't always have to win a lot of races to score a lot of points. A steady diet of top five finishes can net you a lot of points. Such was the case Saturday as Hamline's men took second and the women fifth place at the Roger Ahlman Invitational at Macalester College. Ben Smidt was the top men's tanker of the day. He was second in the 100 yard Butterfly and was part of the relay team (along with Nick Herrera, Jerry Daniels and Isak Vartti) that took second in the 200 yard Medley. Andy Wold also garnered attention with a fourth place effort in the 100-yard Backstroke.
On the women's side, Ingrid Haugan was solid on the diving board with a fourth place effort in the 3-Meter and a fifth place ending in the 1-Meter. The Piper women were also on target in the 200-yard Medley as Mackenzie Hayes, Laura Kaiser, Michelle Narvason and Rachel Ronnander zipped to a fourth place finish. Ronnander earned some personal laurels as well for a fifth place showing the 50-yard Free.
But it was the final scores that may have drawn the most notice. The men nipped host school Macalester for second and easily outpointed St. Mary's. The women finished solidly in front of Saint Mary's, Augsburg and St. Olaf.
For entire meet results, click here.
The swimmers return to the poll for the St. Thomas Invite December 2-3.