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Third-Place Finish for Men’s Swimming and Diving at LAC Championships

Third-Place Finish for Men’s Swimming and Diving at LAC Championships

ELSAH, Ill. – The Illinois Tech men's swimming and diving team wrapped up the Liberal Arts Conference Championships on Saturday night at Principia College. Tech placed third, the team's best finish since 2013.

Saturday Highlights

  • It was a strong victory for Karsen Diepholz in the 1650 Yard Freestyle, as he won the event by over nine seconds with a school, LAC, conference meet, and pool record time of 16:02.14 (he also set a new 1000 Yard Freestyle school record of 9:44.64 during the swim). The 1650 time was also an NCAA National B-Cut. Miles Thompson (fourth place, 16:34.60) and Zachary Bonson (seventh place, 16:51.88) also placed in the top ten. Tristan Busch (18:00.82) finshed 16th.
  • Brendan Howley also won an event, capturing first place in the 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:02.37) with a new school record time. His time was also a NCAA National B-Cut and invited time from 2016.
  • Jay Korhonen (sixth place, 1:58.89), Julian Escasa (seventh place, 2:00.28), and Luke Workman (11th place, 2:02.96) all reached the finals in the 200 Yard Butterfly.
  • In the 100 Yard Freestyle, Escasa placed in a tie for seventh with a time of 47.85s.
  • The 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Escasa, Workman, Diepholz, and Howley placed third with a time of 3:11.05.
  • David Polzin placed fifth in the 1 Meter Diving with a score of 308.75.
  • Ryan Lakner (14th place, 2:03.23), Benjamin Cohen (15th place, 2:07.12), and John Wolniak (16th place, 2:07.18) all reached the finals in the 200 Yard Backstroke.

Final Team Scores

  1. Franklin 750
  2. Nebraska Wesleyan 548
  3. Illinois Tech 463.5
  4. Luther 433.5
  5. Coe 335
  6. Loras 311
  7. Morningside 274
  8. Principia 180
  9. Simpson 132