Tartan swimmers compete in Lancaster

Last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving teams competed in their first double-dual meet of the season against Franklin & Marshall College and Washington & Lee University at Lancaster, Pa. The Tartan women edged out W&L 168 to 94 points, but tied F&M with 131 points. The men’s team easily defeated F&M 216 to 45 points, but lost a close race to W&L, 113 to 149 points.

For the women’s team, junior Alex Kinzler finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.75). Kinzler also placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.22) and second in the 200-yard IM (2:14.20).

Behind Kinzler, senior Jenny Sieger (1:10.28) and first-year Sara Andrews (1:11.58) finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 50-yard freestyle, Sieger took first place with a time of 24.87, with Andrews finishing third with a time of 26.10.

Juniors Xiao-Lan Wong, Lauren Connell, and Anna Kochalko also finished on the podium for Carnegie Mellon. Wong placed first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:18.20), Connell won the 100-yard freestyle (54.48), and Kochalko placed second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:20.28) and third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.28) and 1000-yard freestyle (11:10.19).

Sophomore Colleen Murphy took third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:18.01. Fellow sophomore Allison Retotar finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.49).

The Tartan women’s 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ team of Murphy, Kinzler, Sieger, and Connell finished second behind F&M with a time of 1:53.68.

However, the Carnegie Mellon 400-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ team of Connell, Anders, Sieger, and Retotar finished first and ahead of F&M with a time of 3:40.47. The Tartan ‘B’ team stepped up to come in fourth place overall with a time of 3:53.18. The combination of the first- and fourth-place finishes for the women’s 400-yard relay teams helped Carnegie Mellon come from behind to tie F&M.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team’s time of 3:40:47 was the fastest time of the season by a significant margin. “If memory serves, there was only one swim last year that the women’s team swam faster than this time,” head coach David Belowich said. “So I’m really, really pleased with the relay team. I’m delighted with what they’re accomplishing as a team.”

“I think overall our team did really well. There was a lot of good competition and a lot of people really fought hard to win the races,” Kochalko said.

On the men’s team, senior Dave Krzeminski placed first in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly with times of 51.72 and 1:55.86, respectively.

In the 1000-yard freestyle, first-year Jonas Kurosaki and sophomore Tom McConnell finished first and second with times of 10:01.50 and 10:02.80, respectively. McConnell also took second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:53.76.

First-years Reece Dukes and John Johnson had back-to-back second- and third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. Dukes took second in the 100-yard race with a time of 54.40 and second in the 200-yard race with a time of 1:58.11. Johnson finished third in both races with times 55.03 and 1:58.56, respectively.

Building on last week’s success, first-year Andrew Seo won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 1:00.53 and 2:11.37, respectively. Seo also finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:00.27.
The Tartans’ ‘A’ teams placed second in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Dukes, Seo, Krzeminski, and sophomore Ron Papa clocked in a time of 1:37.99 for the 200-yard medley, and in the 400-yard relay, Krzeminski, junior Patrick Snyder, Papa, and junior Michael Bailey finished with a time of 3:11.58. In both relays, the Tartans finished second behind W&L.

“On the men’s side, Washington & Lee is a very good and nationally ranked team,” Belowich said. “They kind of out-depth us in the sprint freestyle — that’s really their major strength — but I thought we swam extremely well.”

The Tartans will return to Grove City College for the two-day James Longnecker Invitation on December 1 and 2 . The events are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on December 1.