Swimming takes second and third at home meet
Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving teams hosted the Carnegie Mellon Invitational last weekend, attended by Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, and Case Western Reserve University.
The Carnegie Mellon women placed second overall with 734 points, behind Emory, which amassed 977 total points. Johns Hopkins finished third (689) and Case finished fourth with 537 points.
The Tartan men’s team came in third, with 808 points, behind Emory and Johns Hopkins, who had 943 and 810 points, respectively. Case finished in fourth for the men with 473 points.
For the women’s team, junior Alex Kinzler collected three podium finishes, placing first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.08) and second in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.72) and the 200-yard IM (2:14.26).
Fellow junior Lauren Connell won silver in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.47. Connell also took home a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.96. Junior Anna Kochalko took fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.08).
“In the sprint events it’s always hard to predict who the winners will be. It usually comes down to the touch at the wall,” Connell said. “The 50 or 100 could be determined by nothing more than a good or bad start, and races can be as close as a hundreth of a second. I personally had a pretty disappointing finish in the 50; only a fifth of a second separated second through fourth places.”
The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ team of senior captain Jenny Sieger, first-year Sara Andrews, junior Amy Pischke, and Connell took third with a time of 1:41.86. Connell and Sieger joined up with sophomore Colleen Murphy and Kinzler to take fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.75). Connell, Kinzler, sophomore Allison Retotar, and Sieger took third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.17.
Tartan sophomore divers Charlotte Jennings and Alex DeFazio took first and second in the one-meter and three-meter dives with scores of 375.85 and 313.60, respectively, in the one-meter dive, and scores of 210.55 and 191.05, respectively, in the three-meter dive.
On the men’s side, senior captain Dave Krzeminski placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.19 and second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.74.
First-year Andrew Seo added a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.11) and a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.14).
In the men’s 100-yard freestyle, Carnegie Mellon sophomore Ron Papa and junior Michael Bailey took second and third with times of 48.17 and 48.41, respectively. First-year Reece Dukes added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (53.92).
The Tartans collected two second-place and two third-place finishes in the men’s relay events. The 400-yard medley relay ‘A’ team of Dukes, Seo, Krzeminski, and Bailey won silver with a time of 3:32.23. Sophomore Ryan Piper, Seo, Krzeminski, and Papa next took second place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Papa, Bailey, junior Patrick Snyder, and Krzeminski placed third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.03, and Bailey, sophomores Brad Henderson and Jon Spring, and Papa took third in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:16.84.
First-year divers Matt Kuhn and Joe Kopko took first and second in the one-meter and three-meter dives with scores of 356.75 and 318.25, respectively, in the one-meter dive, and scores of 220.80 and 170.55, respectively, in the three-meter dive.
With only three meets under the teams’ belts, the Tartans are still working out the bugs within the competition. “The competition this weekend specifically was very intense as compared to other meets we will swim this season,” Connell said. “All three teams have some excellent swimmers and we will see both Emory and Case again at [University Athletic Association championships], so it’s good practice and provides some great races for us early in the season.”
The Tartans return to the water on Saturday when they host a dual meet against Grove City College. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.