BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2022 NCAA winter postseason rolled on last week with the Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, Women's Hockey Frozen Four, and Men's Hockey national quarterfinals. Broken records and unbelievable action highlighted another wild week for MIAC student-athletes in national competition.
Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving
Fourteen MIAC student-athletes competed at the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships last week at the IUPUI IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. St. Catherine University senior swimmer Jordyn Wentzel set a new D-III record time of 2:10.06 to win the national championship in the 200-yard breaststroke on the final day of competition, making her the Wildcats' first-ever NCAA champ in any sport. Wentzel accounted for six of the MIAC's 18 First Team All-America honors and tallied one of the Conference's 12 Second Team All-America nods. St. Kate's finished 10th overall to lead all MIAC teams at the 2022 national meet.
| NCAA Swimming & Diving Recap |
MIAC champion Gustavus Adolphus College finished the 2021-22 women's hockey season as national runner-ups for the first time in program history. After collecting a 5-1 win over Plattsburgh State on Friday night to advance to the national championship game for the first time ever, the Gusties came up just short in a 3-2 overtime loss to undefeated host Middlebury. Gustavus erased two deficits on Saturday night and scored an improbable game-tying goal with 00:00.1 left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Molly McHugh's score with a tenth-of-a-second to play was confirmed by officials after a lengthy replay review in what will be remembered as one of the most incredible plays in tournament history. Middlebury found the back of the net after 13 shots on goal and nearly 14 minutes of play in the extra frame to win the 2022 national championship.
| NCAA Women's Hockey Bracket |
MIAC regular-season champion Augsburg University is Lake Placid-bound after three third-period goals carried the Auggies past St. Norbert and into the NCAA men's hockey semifinals for the first time since 1998. The victory was particularly sweet for Augsburg, as the Green Knights had ended the Auggies' season all four times they had previously met in the NCAA Tournament - four straight years from 2016-19. St. Norbert had taken a 1-0 lead into the first intermission before the Auggies knotted it up early in the second period. Senior forward Austin Dollimer broke the tie on a power-play with 5:59 left in the third - the first of three Auggie goals in a 4:56 span - to propel Augsburg to the Frozen Four for the third time in program history. No. 4-ranked Augsburg will face top-ranked Adrian in the semifinal round on Friday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. Central time at the Herb Brooks Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Adrian topped Augsburg, 5-2, in non-conference action earlier this season on December 30, 2021. Geneseo State and New England will matchup in the second semifinal game on Friday. The championship game will be held on Saturday, March 26.
| NCAA Men's Hockey Bracket |