Carnegie Mellon athletes excel over spring break

It was a good time to be a student athlete this spring break at Carnegie Mellon.

On March 10, CIT sophomore Brian Harvey triumphed at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, where he landed on the men’s All-American list.

“Nobody else has ever made nationals for guys,” said Harvey, a double major in mechanical and biomedical engineering. For Carnegie Mellon, he is the first male indoor track and field athlete to be named an All-American.

Harvey came in eighth out of the 10 competing athletes. He clocked a 4:13.26 one-mile run, shaving .08 seconds off his previous school record.

“I was pretty happy with my performance,” he said. Harvey admitted that, after each race, he always pushes himself to do better. Still, an eighth-place finish was satisfying, especially since it was the cutoff for All-American status. Harvey beat the ninth-place runner by less than two-tenths of a second.

Harvey’s score awarded Carnegie Mellon a point in the team category. Overall, the Tartans earned 52nd place in a tie with several other schools.

For the championships, Harvey traveled to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Also on the trip were two track and field coaches, in addition to Jessica Meng, a sophomore jumper on the women’s team.

“It’s definitely the biggest race of the season,” Harvey said. Because of nationals, there was no spring break trip this year for the indoor track and field team. Instead, Harvey and a few of the guys used the time off to go to Las Vegas. “That was just for fun,” he said.

Senior swimmer David Krzeminski also achieved All-American status over the break. Krzeminski competed in the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, held at the University of Houston March 14–17. He earned All-American recognition twice, for both the 200- and 100-yard butterfly races.

During the preliminary races, Krzeminski was the sole swimmer to come in under 1:50.00 in the 200-yard butterfly. He clocked in at 1:49.85.

Krzeminski shaved .31 seconds off his preliminary time during the finals. He finished first with a time of 1:49.54, achieving the first national championship win of his career. He also set a new school record. This was Krzeminski’s second year in a row finishing in the top eight in the 200-yard butterfly.

Krzeminski is Carnegie Mellon’s first national champion in two years. In 2005, CIT grad Chris Pearson won both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly championships.

Finishing with a time of 49.87 seconds, Krzeminski came in seventh place in the 100-yard butterfly. Throughout his career, he has earned a total of six All-American titles.

Last week, the UAA named Krzeminski its Athlete of the Week for his performance at nationals.

In tennis, both the men and women’s team scored back-to-back victories over their spring break-trip to California. The men earned two 7–2 wins, defeating New York University on March 14 and the University of the South the day after. The University of the South match was the team’s sixth consecutive win.

On March 17, the men’s team bumped its record to 11–3 at the Stag-Hen Invitational, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College and Pomona-Pitzer College. Here, Carnegie Mellon scored a 6–3 win over Linhead.

The women came back from an 8-1 loss to Swarthmore College with two wins in a row. Carnegie Mellon beat the University of Redlands 6–3 on March 14. The next day, the team won 7–2 against Washington University of St. Louis, its conference rival.