Canby grad Carrie Kralovec, Mines set relay records (college swimming spotlight)
It didnt take long for Carrie Kralovec to have an impact on the Colorado School of Mines womens swimming team.
The Canby High School alumna helped the Orediggers set program records in three different relay races during the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships Feb. 19-22 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.
Kralovec joined teammates Cayla Wood, Hillary Knaebel and Katrin Gallup to take third place in the 800-yard freestyle relay race with a team-record time of 7 minutes 51.02 seconds. The quartet received third-team all-league honors for its performance.
Kralovec collaborated with Gallup, Knaebel and Monica Mick to break a Mines record in the 400 medley relay, where they finished in fourth place with a time of 4:00.75.
The freshman also helped her teams 400 free relay squad notch a program record with a fourth-place time of 3:36.81. She was joined by Gallup, Brittany Holloway and Tasha Pfeiffer.
Kralovec proved effective in her individual events as well, posting four top-10 finishes. She was seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:13.82), eighth in the 100 fly (59.64 seconds) and ninth in both the 100 free (54.26) and 500 free (5:18.87).
The Mines women tallied 521 points to place fourth at the RMAC championships, where California Baptist (1,028) won the team title.
Kralovec was the only Oregon product on coach Nate Rothmans roster this year at the Division II university in Golden, Colo.
A four-year letter-winner and two-time captain for the Cougars, Kralovec qualified for the OSAA state swimming championships in two events as a senior in 2013. She was also a key four-year member of Canbys equestrian team.
Canby alumni Luke Welle and Samantha Smith had plenty of success in the pool this season, but they were also exceptional out of it.
The two Whitworth swimmers were both recently named to the Northwest Conference winter all-sportsmanship team. The athletes were selected by their teams and/or coaches for exhibiting good sportsmanship throughout the season.
Welle, one of eight honorees in mens swimming, helped the Pirates capture their 12th-consecutive league title in mens swimming in February at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The senior took third place in the 200-yard freestyle race.
Smith, one of eight female swimmers recognized by the league, won an NWC championship in the 100 butterfly competition. She also helped Whitworth set new league and/or meet records in the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
Lewis University junior Tyson Polack took sixth place in the mens 200-yard backstroke race to highlight his performance at this years Great Lakes Valley Conference swimming and diving championships at Crawfordsville Aquatics Center in Crawfordsville, Ind.
The Canby alumnus clocked a time of 1 minute 52.14 seconds in the event. Drury junior Sean Feher won it in 1:47.30.
The Flyers, who compete in Division II, tallied 472 points to take fourth place in the team standings. Drury (838) won the GLVC title.
Last year, Polack was recognized as an honorable-mention Scholar All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. He is studying history at the Romeoville, Ill., campus, according to the Lewis athletics website.
Polack qualified for the OSAA state championships four seasons in a row during his standout career at Canby, taking sixth place in both the 200 IM and 100 back as a senior in 2011.
Former Canby Gators club swimmer Michael Hargitt won a league title in the mens 200-yard breaststroke race during this years Northwest Conference championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Pacific senior, who graduated from Oregon City High School in 2010, touched the wall in 2 minutes 5.82 seconds to edge Whitworth runner-up Trevor Case (2:06.39).
Hargitt also placed third in the 400 individual medley with a 4:08.14 and fourth in the 200 IM (1:53.94).