Fri, Jun. 1, 2012 - [Swimming]
The Loras College swimming and diving teams competed at the 2012 Liberal Arts Championships in mid-February. The meet doubles as the Iowa Conference Championships as results among IIAC members are pulled to determine a champion. The Duhawks put eight men and nine women on the All-IIAC list following the event.
On the men's side, four freshmen, a sophomore, two seniors, and a junior highlighted Loras' performances by making the All-IIAC team –a second place spot in the IIAC standings and fourth place spot in the Liberal Arts standings.
Seniors Andy Pape and Ricky Lukacs closed their careers with impressive showings. Pape was on the 200, 400, and winning 800 freestyle relay teams as well as the 200 medley relay. Individually, he was second in the 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, and the 100 yard backstroke. Lukacs was on the runner-up 400 medley relay team, 400 freestyle relay team, and finished second in the 400 IM. He was part of the conference champion 800 freestyle relay team and was also second in the 1650 freestyle.
Junior Ryan Momberger was a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Individually, he was third in the 100 breaststroke.
Sophomore Matt Bogen had quite a bit of success also. He took bronze in the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle. He followed with wins in the 1650 freestyle and on the 800 freestyle relay team.
The first year class included the ‘Swimmer of the Meet' in Jake Bridenbaugh and teammates Grant Duncan, Tom Graziano, and Tyler Beauchamp.
Bridenbaugh won three individual events and contributed to another relay win in the 800 freestyle relay. On his own, he took home titles in the 100 butterfly and both the 100 and 200 backstroke. Additionally, all-conference performances came in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays as well as the 200 medley relay.
Grant Duncan and Tom Graziano swam on the runner-up 200 freestyle relay. Graziano and Tyler Beauchamp were members of the runner-up 400 medley relay. Graziano also helped the 400 freestyle relay to second place. Beauchamp then helped the 200 medley relay team and finished third in the 100 backstroke.
For the women, another mix of youth and experience contributed to a second place IIAC finish and fourth place Liberal Arts finish.
Alex Proctor, the senior from Tipton, Iowa won both the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints. Gabby Gaulke, a junior, won the 200 butterfly.
The remaining All-IIAC individual performances were as follows:
Junior Stephanie Czarobski, 2nd in the 200 IM and third in the 400 IM.
Alex Proctor, 2nd in the 100 butterfly
Sophomore Jillyn Gerken, 3rd in the 100 backstroke
Sophomore Abbey Tjebkes, 3rd in the 200 breaststroke
In the relays, the Duhawks finished in second place in five relays; the 200 freestyle relay (Proctor, Gerken, sophomore Katie Callaghan and freshman Renee Beach), the 400 medley relay (Czarobski, Tjebkes, Callaghan, Proctor), the 200 medley relay (Proctor, Tjebkes, Callaghan, and Gerken), 800 freestyle relay (Gaulke, senior Laura Danay, freshman Desiree Tamez, and sophomore Evayn Roper) and the 400 freestyle relay (Proctor, Czarobski, Beach, and Gerken).
Only a combined four of the 17 All-Iowa Conference swimmers graduate following the 2011-2012 seasons ahead of next year.