For the third time in his collegiate swimming career, Talon Lindquist is a conference champion.
The University of Hawaii junior swam the anchor leg of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship that concluded Saturday in San Luis Obispo, California.
The team clocked a time of 6 minutes, 28.98 seconds — just a tick faster than runner-up Brigham Young University’s time of 6:29.54. Lindquist’s 200 split was 1:38.05.
“Such a tremendous showing by our men’s 800 free relay team, winning the event at the conference championships for the first time in 12 years,” Hawaii head coach Elliot Ptasnik said in a press release. “A big accomplishment for a group that put in so much time to improve and get to this point.”
Juniors John Clark and Ian Venter and sophomore Timothy Gallagher rounded out the relay.
Lindquist, a 2018 graduate of Kodiak High School, also has conference titles in the 400 individual medley (2019) and 200 butterfly (2020). As a freshman, Lindquist set the school and conference record in the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:46.81.
In defense of his 200 butterfly title, Lindquist placed 11th with a time of 1:52.31, nearly six ticks slower than his winning time from 2020.
He had better luck in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, placing sixth in both events. He went 1:47.72 in the 200 IM (winning time was 1:45.35) and 3:55.37 in the 400 IM (winning time was 3:48.75).
The Hawaii men placed second behind BYU. The Cougars won for the first time since 2016.
This was a strange season for Lindquist as Hawaii had only one meet leading up to the conference championship because of the pandemic. The championship meet did not include preliminary heats. Swimmers got only one chance to log their best time in each event.
“It was a pretty interesting year, to say the least,” Lindquist wrote in a text message. “We won some events but didn’t end up winning the championship. But my team carried great energy and positivity throughout the season and meet. So, I’m pretty happy with the guys and the way we carried ourselves.”
In a tune-up before the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, Black Hills University junior Keith Osowski placed fifth in the mile at the Stinger Open over the weekend in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Osowski, a week after logging a personal-best time of 4:15.21, clocked a 4:28.97. Minot State’s Jacob Jensen won in 4:21.87.
Black Hills will compete next weekend at home when they host the RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday through Sunday.
Hannah Glover debuted with Division III Chatham University last week in a home and away series against Stevenson University. The sophomore appeared in both games, winning her only face-off of the series.
Chatham won the opener 3-2 in Pittsburgh and lost 2-1 in Stevenson, Maryland.
Chatham faces Wilkes University in a home and away series on Friday and Sunday.
Glover previously played at Trinity Western University in Canada.