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April 1, 2005

2009-10 Season - 2004-05 MEN'S SWIMMING REVIEW

2004-05 MEN’S SWIMMING REVIEW

 

SMALL IN NUMBERS BUT BIG ON ACHIEVEMENT; VIKINGS RESPOND WELL IN FIRST SEASON UNDER NEW COACH JAKE ANDERSON

 

Before the 2004-05 season even started the deck seemed to be stacked against the Augustana Vikings. First year head coach Jake Anderson was looking at a roster that included just eight names and a year earlier the Vikings were 3-4 in dual meets and managed to score just 73 points at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship.

 

Anderson wasn’t buying any negativity, however, and the result was a pleasantly successful season in his initial season stalking the deck of the Carver PE Center Pool. His team ended the season with a 3-3 record in dual meets and scored 166 points at the conference meet, more than double that of last year’s squad.

 

Notice was served early in the season when the Vikings placed fourth in the CCIW classic during the first meet of the year on October 30 in Wheaton. The 200 freestyle relay team of Troy Munson (Sterling HS, Sterling, IL), Carl Jannusch (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, IL), Jon Butz (Naperville North HS, Naperville, IL) and Nick Gehl (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, IL) brought home a victory as did the 300 medley team of Gehl, Ken Goebel (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL) and Butz.

 

That was followed by an easy 125-18 win over Knox that gave Anderson his first collegiate victory on November 5. Then came a 94-85 win over Illinois Wesleyan on November 19, just the second dual meet victory over the Titans since 1994. A solid third place finish in the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational further showed how far this program had come.

 

Anderson’s small band of achievers kept coming, placing third in the Augustana Invitational as Munson won the 100 freestyle and the foursome of Jannusch, Goebel, Munson and Gehl won both the 200 and 800 freestyle relays. The Vikings were second in the North Central Invitational before Christmas with Gehl was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer in the meet.

 

Gehl was also named as the CCIW’s “Swimmer of the Week” after his performance in the North Central Invitational.

 

The Vikings lost a close dual meet to Coe on January 8 in the first meet after Christmas, placed fourth in the Grinnell Invitational on January 15, defeated Monmouth on January 24 and lost to Grinnell on January 29. That took care of the regular season and set the stage for the CCIW championship meet that was held in Wheaton, Illinois on February 10-12.

 

At the CCIW meet Augustana more than doubled its point total from a year earlier with 166 with the top finish coming in the 200 freestyle relay where the team of Munson, Butz, Jannusch and Gehl placed third with a time of 1:31.98. With 166 points the Vikings ended up fifth in the eight team league. Individually Gehl had the best finish of the weekend with a sixth in the 100 butterfly with a time of :52.83.Goebel was seventh in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.30 while Butz had a pair of eighth place finishes in the 500 freestyle (4:57.22) and the 1650 freestyle (17:23.87).

 

Although no school records were set the Vikings made a pretty good dent in the all-time top ten times list, making 11 additions by the time the season was over. Butz made it on the top ten list in four different events. He climbed all the way to third in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.48, third in the 1650 freestyle in 17:23.87, fourth in the 500 freestyle in 4:53.02 and fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.11. Goebel recorded the second fastest time in Augustana history in the 200 breaststroke with a clocking of 2:13.30 and the fourth best in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.55. Gehl had the third best time in the 100 butterfly (:52.83) and the 200 individual medley (2:00.79) and the fifth fastest in the 100 freestyle (:48.62). Munson clocked a time of :48.91 in the 100 freestyle, which puts him sixth on the all-time list while his :54.30 in the 100 butterfly is seventh and he ended up 10th on the 50 freestyle in :22.34.

 

2005 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

DUAL MEET RECORD: 3-3

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINISH: 5th with 166 points

TEAM FINISHES IN INVITATIONALS: CCIW Classic on 10/30/04 – 4th…Illinois Wesleyan Invitational on 11/20/04 – 3rd…Augustana Invitational on 12/03-04 – 3rd…North Central Invitational on 12/11/04 – 2nd…Grinnell Invitational on 01/14-15 – 4th.

INVITATIONAL INDIVIDUAL & RELAY CHAMPIONS

CCIW Classic at Wheaton on 10/30/04 – 200 freestyle relay (Troy Munson, Carl Jannusch, Jon Butz, Nick Gehl) 1:32.43 and 300 medley relay (Nick Gehl, Ken Goebel, Jon Butz)

Augustana Invitational at home on 12/03-04 – 100 freestyle (Troy Munson) :50.90…800 freestyle relay (Carl Jannusch, Ken Goebel, Troy Munson, Nick Gehl) 8:00.03…200 freestyle relay (Carl Jannusch, Ken Goebel, Troy Munson, Nick Gehl) 1:35.23.

North Central Invitational on 12/11/04 – 200 individual relay (Nick Gehl) 2:09.20…100 butterfly (Nick Gehl) :55.01…100 freestyle (Troy Munson) :50.28…200 freestyle (Jon Butz) 1:52.55

Grinnell Invitational on 01/14/05 – 200 breaststroke (Ken Goebel) 2:16.73

MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER NORTH CENTRAL INVITATIONAL – Nick Gehl on 12/11/04

CCIW “SWIMMER OF THE WEEK” – Nick Gehl on 12/27/04