Swimming finishes fourth in UAA
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming teams, considered to be some of the most formidable opponents to the reigning University Athletic Association (UAA) champion Emory, were unable to pull off an upset at this week’s UAA Championships at Emory University. The meet concluded on Saturday, with both teams finishing fourth overall. The men’s team tallied 453.50 points and the women’s 412.
The Tartan women started strong with 163 points and a second-place finish after the first day of competition behind Emory, while the Tartan men finished the first day with 125 points and in fourth-place. During the first day of competition, senior Brian Hunter and junior Jenny Sieger were able to secure individual UAA titles. Hunter won the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:53.70, while Seiger clocked a time of 24.26 to win the 50-yard freestyle.
Alongside these individual honors, Julie Pavia secured second-place with a 406.15 point performance on the one-meter board. Senior Allie Theus and sophomores Lauren Connell and Emily Tong finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 1:39.01 — a time good enough to make the NCAA ‘B’ cut. The three women teamed up with sophomore Alex Kinzler to turn in a time of 4:03.10 in the 400-yard medley relay, securing another second-place finish. The men also held their own with a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Seniors Hunter and Evan Powell, junior David Krzeminski, and sophomore Michael Bailey finished with a season best of 3:28.23, making the NCAA ‘B’ cut. Other top individual finishes for the Tartans included Kinzler’s fifth-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:12.21), and a sixth-place finish for Connell in the 50-yard freestyle (24.84).
Following the promising first day of competition, the Tartan women were unable to keep their second-place position as both teams finished day two in fourth-place, racking up point totals of 307 for the women and 287 for the men. Krzeminski placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.35. The Tartans came in third for both 200-yard medley relays, where the men’s team comprised Krzeminski, Hunter, Powell, and first-year Ryan Piper, and the women’s team Tong, Theus, Sieger, and Kinzler. Other notable performances for the women included a fourth-place finish by Theus in the 100-yard butterfly (59.84) and a fifth-place finish by Tong in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.73). Powell finished third in the men’s 100-yard backstroke with teammate Piper coming in seventh. The men’s 800-yard freestyle relay team comprised Krzeminski, Hunter, and sophomores Andy Douglas and Michael Bailey; it finished fourth with a time of 6:57.
The Tartans were determined to climb back into the top three entering the final day of the championship, as Kzeminski turned in a first-place finish for the Tartans in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:53.18. This would turn out to be the only first-place finish for the Tartans.
“The men’s team definitely needs more depth,” said Krzeminski. “With only 17 of a possible 22 men on our conference team, the lack of numbers certainly puts us at a disadvantage walking through the door. Also, the men’s [team] is losing some amazing talent, so some of the underclassmen need to step up.”
Women’s diver Pavia finished the three-meter board in second with a 473.55-point performance, and first-year Alex Defasio’s 326.40 points put her in sixth-place. Additional second-place finishes for the women’s team included a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:25.16 for Kinzler in the 200-meter breaststroke. As for the 100-meter freestyle, Connell reeled in a fourth-place finish for the women with a time of 53.67. On the men’s side, Powell finished his UAA career with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle, achieving an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 46.71. With repeat third- place performances for both men and women in relay events, the Tartans completed the 400-meter relay with times of 3:06.42 and 3:38.67 respectively.
The Tartans finished the day in fourth for both the men and women.
Emory University repeated as UAA champions, racking up an impressive 1166.50 points for the women and 1102 points for the men. Emory secured their second champonship by a huge margin, as second-place New York University came in with 590 points for the women and 652 for the men.