Swimming opens its season with a win
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their 2006 season last week with two meets: one in New Wilmington, Pa., on Friday, and the other at home on Saturday. On Friday, both the men’s and women’s teams took home first place at the Westminster Relay Carnival. In a dual meet against Clarion University the next day, the Tartan men finished first while the women came in second.
The Tartans will host John Hopkins University, Case Western Reserve University, and Emory University this weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Races will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the UC pool.
In Westminster, the men finished with 122 points, ahead of second-place Westminster College (100). Allegheny College came in third with 64 points. The men recorded six first-place finishes and three second-place finishes throughout the meet.
A trio of first-years — Reece Dukes, John Johnson, and Scott Moorby — won the 300-yard backstroke relay with a time of 2:44.25. First-year Andrew Seo, first-year Jason Huber, and sophomore Brad Henderson came in first in the 300-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 3:06.02, breaking the previous meet record by over a second.
Sophomore Jon Spring, sophomore Tom McConnell, junior Andy Douglass, and junior Michael Bailey took the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:18.82. Sophomore Ron Papa, Bailey, junior Patrick Snyder, and senior Dave Krzeminski followed and won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:29.63).
Douglass, McConnell, and Spring joined together to win the 1500-yard freestyle relay with a time of 14:57.83, smashing the old meet record of 15:03.38. Krzeminski, Bailey, Snyder, and Papa won the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.94).
First-year Ryan Coyle, Henderson, Dukes, and junior David Mohney finished second for the Tartans in the 500-yard freestyle crescendo relay with a time of 4:26.12. Johnson, Seo, Krzeminski, and Papa placed second in the 400-yard medley relay (3:35.14), and Seo, sophomore Ryan Piper, junior Damian McIntyre, and Moorby also finished second in the 400-yard individual medley relay (3:47.60).
At home the next day, the Tartans defeated Division II opponent Clarion. Piper, Seo, Krzeminski, and Papa started off the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.98).
Seo competed in three individual events, taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.53) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.22), and second in the 200-yard IM (2:01.75). Krzeminski won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.60.
The Tartans swept the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. In the freestyle, Krzeminski took first (21.91), Papa came in second (22.26), and Bailey finished third (22.33). In the backstroke, Dukes took first (1:58.19), Johnson took second (1:58.22), and Moorby took bronze (2:01.45). Bailey also won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.23.
“The greatest strength of the men’s team this year is its depth,” Douglass said. “We were able to sweep Clarion in multiple events, and if we didn’t win an event our depth helped us to keep the score close.”
First-year divers Matt Kuhn and Joe Kopko placed second and third in both the one-meter and three-meter dives. The Carnegie Mellon ‘A’ team of Papa, Henderson, Bailey, and Krzeminski won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.67.
“It’s not easy swimming two meets on back-to-back days,” Douglass said. “But the team was able to maintain its intensity during both meets and was able to swim very well on both days.”
On Friday, the women’s team scored a combined 108 points to put them ahead of Edinboro (94). Westminster finished third with 92 points.
Junior Alex Kinzler, senior Jenny Sieger, and junior Anna Kochalko got things started for the Tartans by winning the 300-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 3:29.87, a new meet record. Sophomore Lauren Winchester, first-year Sara Andrews, senior Lucy Fortin, and Kinzler also finished first in the 500-yard freestyle crescendo relay with a time of 4:56.74.
Sophomores Becky Martz, Tina Daup, and junior Xiao-Lan Wong won the 1500-yard freestyle relay (16:47.51), and Kinzler, junior Sarah Lam, sophomore Allison Retotar, and Kochalko won the 400-yard individual medley relay (4:16.16), destroying the previous meet record by four seconds. Fortin, Sieger, and juniors Amy Pischke and Lauren Connell joined together to win the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:44.50.
Sieger, Pischke, senior Rebecca Obley, and Connell placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:42.15). Connell, junior Kerra Doyle, and Retotar took home third on the 300-yard butterfly relay (3:13.17), and Martz, Daup, first-year Maryanna Saenko, and Kochalko finished third in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:27.35.
On Saturday, the women fell short to Clarion in their first home meet of the season. In the first event of the day, sophomore Colleen Murphy, Kinzler, Kochalko, and Sieger took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.81.
Connell took home two individual medals, placing first in the 100-yard freestyle (54.03) and second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.13). Kochalko also took home two medals, winning the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.96) and taking second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.80). Kinzler finished third in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 1:08.99 and 2:28.35, respectively. Sieger took an individual gold in the 50-yard freestyle (24.88).
Sophomore divers Charlotte Jennings and Alex DeFazio placed second and third in the one-meter dive with scores of 198.23 and 181.73, respectively. Jennings also took silver in the three-meter dive with a score of 204.15.