Swimming takes first and second at invite
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dove into action last weekend at the James Longnecker Invitational at Grove City College. The men’s team won the overall team title with 1081.5 points. Behind the Tartans, Grove City and Washington & Jefferson College finished second and third with 999 and 462 points, respectively. The women’s team finished in second place behind W&J. W&J collected 850.5 points to the Tartans’ 660 points.
On the men’s side, the Carnegie Mellon 400-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ team of first-years Reece Dukes and Andrew Seo, senior captain David Krzeminski, and sophomore Ron Papa finished first (3:31.40). In addition, the men’s relay teams came in second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard medley relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Seo (1:59.63) and first-year Andrew Weitz (1:59.76) came in first and second in the 200-yard IM, respectively. Seo also finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:11.62 and third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.19. Weitz finished second in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:18.90.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Dukes came in third place with a time of 53.96. Dukes also finished with a second place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.66.
Krzeminski finished first the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.42, second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.98, and third in the 50-yard freestyle (21.61).
Junior Michael Bailey came in third for both the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.32) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.34). First-year John Johnson finished third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.42.
For the distance events, sophomore Tom McConnell came in second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:5.40. First-year Matt Kuhn contributed to the team’s total points by finishing in third place in the one- and three-meter dives with 199.45 and 176.5 points, respectively.
“There was some really good competition. Our depth made a difference in the [invitational],” McConnell said. “It’s not necessarily the first place [finishes] that win a meet — it’s the consecutive seconds, thirds, and fourths.”
On the women’s team, junior Anna Kochalko had a strong performance, finishing first in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:32.04 and second in the 400-yard IM (4:50.52) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.53). Sophomore Allison Retotar came in third for the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:17.88.
Senior Jenny Sieger came in first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.30. She also finished in second place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.48.
The women’s 400-yard medley relay ‘A’ team of junior Sarah Lam, Sieger, Kochalko, and senior Lucy Fortin finished second with a time of 4:12.70.
In the diving events, sophomore Alex DeFazio won the one-meter dive with 223.75 points and finished third in the three-meter dive with 192.05 points. Sophomore Charlotte Jennings finished third in the one-meter dive with 199.05 points.
The Tartans will return to action on Saturday, January 13 at Case Western Reserve University after a winter training trip in Florida.