MIAC Men's Swimming & Diving Notebook - November 24, 2021

Kieran Ripken was part of three first-place finishes last weekend.
Kieran Ripken was part of three first-place finishes last weekend.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) swimming and diving teams wrapped up their November schedules last week and will be back in the pool in early December for more action before the holiday break.


POLL TALK
Gustavus was ranked No. 25 in the CSCAA Division III Preseason Top 25 Poll in October.


NATIONAL NOTABLES
St. Olaf junior Tim Rizzo has the 17th-fastest time in NCAA Division III this season in the 1000 freestyle after touching the wall in 9:45.87 on 11/13/2021.


AROUND THE MIAC
Carleton junior Carl Zhang won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.68 and the 100 back in 55.69 against Macalester on 11/6. He was also part of the Knights' victorious 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:39.68.

Gustavus sophomore Kieran Ripken was part of a trio of first-place finishes at the Grace Goblirsch Invitational, helping the Gusties to a team victory on 11/20. Ripken finished first in the 100 breaststroke (58.65), 200 individual medley (2:04.43), and was part of the first-place 200 free relay team (1:26.05). He also logged an eighth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (56.27).

Hamline junior George Hubbard claimed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.57 at the Grace Goblirsch Invitational on 11/20. He also placed third in the 100-yard freestyle after touching the wall at 49.26. Hubbard followed that with a fourth-place time of 22.74 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Macalester first-year Charles Batsaikhan placed second in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, swimming season-best times of 1:02.01 and 2:19.73 at the Grace Goblirsch Invitational on 11/20. He also helped Macalester's 200-yard medley relay take fourth in 1:42.18.

Saint John's first-year Liam Noble led the Johnnies in a dual with UW-Eau Claire on 11/20 with a pair of wins in the 50- (22.15) and 100-yard (49.43) freestyles. Noble also swam on the Johnnies' 400 free relay that took second in 3:17.35, and the 200 medley relay that took third in 1:37.78.

St. Olaf junior Tim Rizzo was the first to touch in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:45.87) in a dual with Gustavus on 11/13. Rizzo was also the runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.25) and 200-yard individual medley (2:03.54), with his time in the 500 free ranking second in the conference this season.


MIAC LEADERBOARD
The latest MIAC top times for both individual and relay events can be found here. The NCAA Division III leaderboard can be found here.