MINNESOTA INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (MIAC) – MEN AND WOMEN
- Dates: Thursday, February 13-Sunday, February 16, 2020
- Location: University of Minnesota Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center – Minneapolis, MN
- Hosts: Saint Benedict, Saint John’s, St. Catherine
- Defending Champion: St. Thomas women (4x); Gustavus Adolphus men
- Live Results: Available here
- Live Video: Available here
- Championship Central
The NCAA Division III Record in the women’s 200 yard breaststroke fell on Saturday evening in Minneapolis when St. Kate’s sophomore Jordyn Wentzel swam a 2:11.85. That cleared her own MIAC Record of 2:12.59 swum at the 2019 NCAA Championships and also broke Sam Senczyszyn‘s D3 record of 2:12.20 that was set in 2016.
|1st 50||2nd 50||3rd 50||4th 50||Total Time|
|Wentzel – 2020||29.69||33.47||34.12||34.57||2:11.85|
|Senczyzsyn – 2016||29.67||33.78||34.18||34.57||2:12.20|
Wentzel’s best time coming into college was a 2:15.00, which is almost identical to what Senczyszyn’s was when she first arrived at UW-Eau Claire (2:15.07). Senczyszyn was originally a University of Arizona commit before opting to go the Division III route instead.
The swim was Wentzel’s 3rd individual event victory of the meet, all of which came in new Meet Record times. In the 200 IM on Thursday, she swam 2:01.59 to break her own Meet Record of 2:01.75; and in the 100 breast on Friday she swam 1:01.40 to break her own Meet Record of 1:01.75 from last season. Wentzel is now a perfect 6-for-6 in her MIAC Championships career in individual events, having broken at least a Meet Record in each of those 6 individual events.
She scored 49 points individually at last year’s NCAA Championship meet, including a 2nd-place finish in the 200 breaststroke behind Denison’s KT Kustritz, who very-nearly broke the record in the national final last year. Kustritz, who is the NCAA Division III Record holder in the 100 breaststroke, returns for Denison this season as the defending champion in both breaststroke events. The NCAA Division III Record holder Honore Collins from NYU also returns as a senior this season.
St. Kate’s (aka Saint Catherine University) won the MIAC title with 700.5 points, ahead of Saint Thomas with 664. That is the team’s first-ever MIAC title.