February 04, 2012

Hawker, Haugan Win Twice Each At River Falls

Hamline's swimmers captured seven events but Wis-River Falls' depth won out in a dual meet Saturday in Wisconsin. The women had moments of grandeur in their 162-91 decision. Ben Smidt was the men's lone winner in a 174-64 setback.

Haugan continued her strong winter, winning the 1-Meter Optionals with a score of 212.40 and the 1-Meter Voluntaries (161.10). Hawker, who missed part of the season with injury, is making up for lost time quickly with solo wins in the 100 yard Freestyle in 58.11 and the 100 yard Backstroke (1:03.96). She joined Michelle Vargason (who was second to Hawker in the 100Ffree), Erin Weslander and Rachel Ronnander for a win in the 200 yard Medley Relay. vargason got into the winner's circle in the 50 Freestyle. Her time of 26.57 is less than two second from landing in the school's all-time Top Ten list in that event. 

Smidt joined the party in the 200 yard Butterfly, winning the race by a remarkable 17 seconds. Smidt, Jerry Daniels, Nick Herrera and Corbin Conliffe came in a close second in the 200 medley Relay, losing by just three seconds. Smidt barely missed out on a double win when he was second in the 200 IM. Andy Wolf nearly got into the act but finished second in the 50 Free.

The Pipers have one more warmup before the conference championships. they will take part in a diving competition and a pre-MIAC invite next weekend at St. Thomas.

Meet Results here