Hamline University
February 16, 2012

Enlarged Squad Gives Pipers Hope At MIAC Swimming Meet

Armed with a contingent that includes just one senior, Hamline Swimming & Diving Coach Frank Vaccaro understandably refers to the MIAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the U of Minnesota Aquatic Center as a "learning experience."  But he also says he hopes his teams can start to make a northward move in the conference standings.

The action starts this morning and continues through Saturday.

The six-person Women's team features four first-year competitors (Hannah Hawker, Mackenzie Hayes, Rachel Ronnander, Michelle Vargason), super soph Ingrid Haugan and senior Erin Weslander.  Of these, Haugan, who has been rewriting the school record book all year on the 1 and 3-meter Diving Board, may have the best chance for success. In addition to her diving duties, Haugan also will compete in the 100 Backstroke. "That's a rarity," Vaccaro notes. "There aren't a lot of divers who swim events." Haugan will also take part in medley relays.

Hawker has recorded the Pipers' best time in the 100 Back (1:02.86) and 200 Back (2:22.03) She has had an impressive second half of the year after missing the first half of the season with an injury. Vaccaro also has high hopes for Vargason, who holds the Pipers' best mark in the 100 Breast (1:14.21) and 200 Breast (2:43.74).

On the men's side, first year swimmer Ben Smidt has shown steady improvement and hopes to be a factor in the 100 Fly (59.29) and 200 Fly (2:18.33). He will be joined by two other first-year competitors, Jerry Daniels (100 Breast) and Nicholas Herrera, who will compete in the 50 Free, 100 Fly and, late in the season, added Diving to his resume. Sophomores Corbin Conliffe and Andrew Wolf will compete in the 50 free.

The morning events are slated to start at 10:30 a.m. The prime time action begins at 6:30 p.m. The conference will provide updated results on its website.

It can be accessed by clicking here.  

The entire meet can be watched online by clicking here.