Swimming teams take first in home dual meet

On Saturday, Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving teams hosted Grove City College in their second dual meet of the season. The women’s team dominated the Wolverines to finish with 178 points to Grove City’s 94 points. The Tartan men also overtook Grove City with 168 points to the Wolverines’ 128 points.

Women’s team

The Tartans swept five events on Saturday, beginning with the 1000-yard freestyle, the third event of the day. Sophomore Becky Martz took first place with a time of 11:18.62, followed by fellow sophomore Tina Daup (11:27.18) and first-year Maryanna Saenko (11:35.13).

Sophomore Allison Retotar (1:05.98) took home gold in the 100-yard backstroke, followed by junior Margaret Hebner (1:06.25) and sophomore Lauren Eisenmenger (1:08.20), who secured second and third places, respectively.
In the women’s 200-yard butterfly, juniors Anna Kochalko and Xiao-Lan Wong placed first and second with times of 2:14.90 and 2:20.43, respectively. Senior Andrée Bouillot rounded out the podium, finishing third with a time of 2:22.21.

Kochalko came back to win the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:35.28, followed by senior captain Jenny Sieger (2:41.02) and junior Sarah Lam (2:41.34). Martz (5:29.17), Wong (5:32.73), and Hebner (5:49.72) shut out Grove City to sweep the 500-yard freestyle.

Carnegie Mellon’s ‘A’ 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Colleen Murphy, Kochalko, Sieger, and junior Lauren Connell took first place with a time of 1:55.88. Murphy went on to win the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:19.98. Retotar took second place with a time of 2:20.67.

Sieger secured an individual first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.04. Connell and senior captain Lucy Fortin came in first and second in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 1:59.87 and 2:03.62, respectively.

Rounding out the women’s top finishers, first-year Sara Andrews won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.05, followed by Lam (1:14.52). Andrews went on to take second place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.44.

Men’s team

Carnegie Mellon’s men’s team swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. In the 100-yard race, first-year John Johnson took first place with a time of 54.36, followed by sophomore Ryan Piper (55.76) and first-year Scott Moorby (56.92). In the 200-yard race, first-year Reece Dukes secured first place with a time of 1:58.42, and Johnson and Moorby finished second and third with times of 1:59.59 and 2:02.37, respectively.

The Tartans’ 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ team of Piper, first-year Andrew Seo, senior captain Dave Krzeminski, and sophomore Ron Papa took home first with a time of 1:37.59.

Seo went on to win both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:00.08 and 2:11.20, respectively.
“Before the meet, the coach was telling us how Grove City had good swimmers in each event,” Seo said. “So I was expecting a little more competition in the 200-yard breastroke.” Seo won the 200-yard breaststroke by over four seconds.

Krzeminski medaled in three individual events. He took first in the 100-yard butterfly (51.03) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.16), and second in the 100-yard freestyle (47.46).

First-year Andrew Weitz also placed in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing second with a time of 2:02.68. Weitz then went on to secure second in the men’s 400-yard IM, clocking in at 4:18.80.

Papa took second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.24, and sophomore Tom McConnell took second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:05.36. Junior Michael Bailey took silver in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.47), and junior captain Andy Douglass took second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:56.17.

“The biggest suprise was how much we won by,” Douglass said. “Last year we almost lost to [Grove City] at their invite. It came down to the last relay and we ended up winning, so based on that we thought it would be really close. They won more events this year than they did last year, but we were able to sweep a couple of events. All of our success this year has been because of our depth.”

First-year divers Matt Kuhn and Joe Kopko finished second and third in the one-meter dive with scores of 232.75 and 203.50, respectively. Kuhn went on to win the three-meter dive with a score of 235.20, while Kopko again placed third with a score of 187.60.

The swim team returns to the road this Saturday when it travel to Franklin & Marshall College to take on the Diplomats and Washington & Lee University.