Tartan swimming and diving hosts quad meet

The Carnegie Mellon swim teams hosted a quad meet last weekend against Franklin & Marshall, the University of Rochester, and Washington & Lee.
The Tartan women won all three events, achieving seven first-place finishes and five second-place finishes. The men’s team took two out of three competitions, combining for five first-place finishes and eight second-place finishes. The competition brings both the men’s and women’s team to records of 4–1 on the season.

For the women, first-year Molly Evans finished the day with three first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes and the 200-yard IM. Her times of 58.55 in the 100-yard backstroke and 2:11:22 in the IM were good enough to set new school as well as NCAA records.

Senior Lauren Connell swept all of the sprint freestyles. Connell finished the 50- and 100-yard freestyles with times of 25:16 and 54.54, respectively. Her time in the 100-yard freestyle was a season best.

The women’s 200-yard medley team, consisting of Evans, sophomore Sara Andrews, first-year Lauren Gumbel, and Connell, as well as the 400-yard freestyle medley team, consisting of Andrews, first-year Brianne Burton, junior Allison Retotar, and Connell, won the relays.

In the diving competition, the Tartans took both first and second place in both the one-meter boards and the three-meter boards. Junior Charlotte Jennings earned two first-place finishes, with junior Alex DeFazio coming in second in both events.

For the men, sophomore John Johnson finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.35. In the 200-yard backstroke, first-year Alex Hanson was able to take first with Johnson finishing in a close second. Hanson also produced two second-place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle and IM.

In the breaststroke competition, the Tartans scored two first-place finishes, with sophomore Jason Huber winning the 100-yard breaststroke, and sophomore Andrew Seo taking the 200-yard breaststroke.

Junior Tom McConnell gave the Tartans a first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 9:53:30.

“Last year I dropped a lot of time at this competition. I dropped a lot of time this year also. I’m pretty happy with how I did,” McConnell said. “It’s a shame we didn’t win the whole thing, but we did a lot better than we did last year.”

The men’s team also took first in the diving competition, as sophomore Matt Kuhn set the bar high in the one- and three-meter board events.
The Tartans continue their season at the Nike Cup Invitational and the Miami University of Ohio Diving Invitational starting Thursday, Nov. 29 and lasting through Saturday, Dec. 1.

“We really set up ourselves nicely for the meet in two weeks,” McConnell said. “I think our team is happy overall with how we performed.”