Carnegie Mellon swim teams take first in last meet

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swim teams toppled Westminster College in their last home meet of the year. During Saturday’s dual meet, the women defeated the Titans 139–123 to bring their season record to 5–1–1, while the men took Westminster 157–105 to bring their season record to 6–1.

“This meet was something that the upper-classmen had been looking forward to all year,” junior co-captain Andy Douglass said about Saturday’s dual meet against Westminster College. “Last year, our only loss was to Westminster, so we really wanted to beat them this year.”

The women’s relay team consisting of sophomore Colleen Murphy, junior Alex Kinzler, senior co-captain Jenny Sieger, and first-year Sara Andrews opened Saturday’s meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:55.33.
Kinzler went on to win the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.27, while Andrews took two second-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle, with times of 1:11.39 and 56.37, respectively.

Sieger tied her school record of 24.26 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA championship meet with a win in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Lauren Connell finished just behind Sieger, clocking in at 24.96 to take second place.

Connell also took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly with times of 53.47 and 1:01.91, respectively. Sophomore Allison Retotar placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.77 and first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.54).

“I was really impressed with all the girls,” senior co-captain Lucy Fortin said. “Our coach told us it was going to be a really close meet and that we really needed to get up and race right from the start. Right off the bat, we won the first relay and just kept it up from there.”

Junior Anna Kochalko swam to first- and second-place finishes in the 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard IM, recording times of 2:12.89 and 4:50.06, respectively. Fellow junior Xiao-Lan Wong took second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:10.79.

Sophomore Becky Martz placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:27.32). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Retotar, Andrews, Connell, and Sieger closed the women’s meet with a win (1:40.22).

“We had a lot of girls getting season-best times, which is great at this point in the season, with just 11 days till our conference meet,” Fortin said. “It was also the seniors’ last dual meet, so it meant a lot to us to win [on Saturday].”

For the men, the 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Ryan Piper, first-year Ming Hsu, senior co-captain Dave Krzeminski, and sophomore Ron Papa took an early win with a time of 1:37.77.

In the last home meet of his career, Krzeminski finished first in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly races with times of 51.51 and 1:55.84, respectively. Krzeminski also took second in the 100-yard freestyle (47.53).

Sophomore Tom McConnell dominated the distance events, taking first in the 1000- and 500-yard freestyles with times of 9:54.47 and 4:49.93, respectively. His time in the 1000-yard freestyle was a personal best, surpassing his season-best time of 10:01.39.

First-year Jonas Altman-Kurosaki finished behind McConnell in the 1000-yard with a time of 10:05.37, and sophomore Jon Spring took second in the 500-yard with a time of 4:54.46.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Papa took first (53.91) and first-year John Johnson took second with a time of 54.30. Johnson went on finish second in the 200-yard backstroke, recording a time of 1:59.10.

Junior Michael Bailey placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.31) and second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.98. First-year Andrew Seo took home two second-place finishes in the 100- and 200- yard breaststrokes with times of 1:00.79 and 2:12.33, respectively.

First-year Andrew Weitz swam to first place in the 400-yard IM (4:17.82), while fellow first-year Scott Moorby took second (4:18.83) in the event.

First-year Giacomo Tinari took second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.40), and first-year Ryan Coyle won the mixed 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.77.

The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Bailey, sophomore Brad Henderson, junior Patrick Snyder, and Papa added to the Tartans’ win, taking the last event of the day with a time of 1:27.44.

The Tartans will take a week off from action before the UAA championship meet, which begins on Wednesday, February 7. The meet will be held in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University.

“This meet sets us up great for UAAs only two weeks away,” Douglass said. “It gives us a great amount of confidence and lets us know that the training is paying off.”