Photo by Ted Brakob
Photo by Ted Brakob
The men’s swimming and diving team put forth incredible talent that led to another successful
year. Following several first-place finishes in the regular
season, St. Thomas placed 1st of 8 teams in the MIAC
Championship. Both the men and women claimed
the MIAC team titles, making this the first time one
school has received both titles since 2008. Second-year head coach Scott Blanchard, alongside assistant
coaches Logan Arnold, Andy Hardt and Mark Dusbabek,
vigorously trained the swimmers, leading to numerous
St Thomas records being broken by the conclusion of
the MIAC Championship. These records included a
6: 46. 19 finish in the 800 free relay, and a 4:06.02 finish
by sophomore Warren Melton in the 400 medley.
Following the MIAC Championship, the team placed
14th at the NCAA championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Four-year NCAA qualifier Michael Lanz finished fourth in
the 200 fly along with a fifth-place finish in the 100 fly.
The 800 free relay team posted an eighth-place finish
with a time of 6:41: 39, leading the team to a St. Thomas
score of 702.6 points.
New to the team was assistant coach Arnold. Pulling
from his experience as a former NCAA Division III
swimmer and 4-time NCAA national qualifier, Arnold
assisted head coach Blanchard in developing the
team’s program and workout. His work helped lead to
19 school records being broken during the 2015-2016
season and an increase in team cohesion and morale.
This work also contributed to the success of Lanz and
Andrew Grabowski, who were recipients of the MIAC
men’s Swimmer and Diver of the Year awards.
In light of the team’s successes, sophomore Dominic
Azar reflected on the team dynamic: “The team likes to
have fun and is full of good people,” he said. “We all
strive to be a family. It’s important for us to remember
that we are all in this together. Coach Scott Blanchard
tries to push these ideals, saying to honor the family
concept and to strive toward our unified goal.”
The team stopped nothing short of excellence this
season, finishing first in the MIAC and 15th in the NCAA
Division III Championship, including numerous new
By Luke Hubers