Final home dual swim meet ends victoriously

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming teams beat Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Jan. 12. The women won 120–85 and the men 137–68. Not only did first-year MCS student Molly Evans win two events during the meet, Evans set her fourth individual school record in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:32.23.

Impressive swims also came from junior biology major Allison Retotar and senior architecture student Lauren Connell, who won the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyles, respectively. ECE senior co-captain Anna Kochalko placed first in the 400-yard IM in 4:50.77. First-year design student Rebecca Ussai won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.33.

The men’s team solidified its win by sweeping four of the events: 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard IM, and 100-yard breaststroke. Junior art student Tom McConnell won both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyles in 4:48.58 and 9:57.39, respectively. Senior ECE student Michael Bailey won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.12, and senior CivE and EPP student Patrick Snyder won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.77. Sophomore MechE student Jason Huber won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.25, leading the fourth sweep of the meet.

This past Saturday, the teams hosted the Allegheny Gators. The Tartan men defeated the Gators 191–91, winning 11 events and sweeping six, and the women won 162–129 with nine events. This weekend’s victories bring both teams to a 6–1 record in duel meets.

As is tradition at the last home duel meet, the seniors were recognized for their dedication to the program over the past four years: Fourth-year architecture major Lauren Connell and seniors Margaret Hebner, Anna Kochalko, Sarah Lam, Amy Pischke, Xiao-Lan Wong, Michael Bailey, Andrew Douglass, Damian McIntyre, David Mohney, Braxton Satterfield, and Patrick Snyder were honored.

“It’s a great day for our seniors. As happy as I am for them, I’m sad to see them go. In their years here they’ve added immensely to the program,” said assistant coach Sara Pomaybo.

“It’s nice to have a meet where we’re recognized because it adds a sense of closure to our swimming careers,” said senior mathematical sciences major Margaret Hebner.

“It was a great experience. A bunch of our parents came out to support us and help us through this emotional day,” said senior business major Douglass. “We can’t show enough appreciation to the team, and God, I don’t know how long it will take for the tears to stop.”

In the first individual event for the women, the 1000-yard freestyle, first-year H&SS student Noelle Helmstetter had a career best of 11:14.93. Soon after, Evans lowered her school record time in the 100-yard backstroke to 58.51, followed later by a win in the 200-yard backstroke.

Two other female swimmers had double wins for the day: Architecture major Lauren Connell (50-yard/100-yard freestyle) and first-year design student Rebecca Ussai (100-yard/200-yard butterfly). An impressive swim by senior business and economics student Xiao-Lan Wong in the 500-yard freestyle ended with her career best time of 5:28.51.

The men’s team also came out victoriously. MechE major Alex Hanson won the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:00.92, a season-best for the first year. Junior art student Tom McConnell won the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:47.36. The following event, the 100-yard backstroke, first-year CIT student Michael Panzitta, sophomore chemistry major Andrew Weitz, and third-year architecture major Jon Spring swept with times of 55.31, 57.18, and 58.51, respectively.

Two events later, the men swept the 200-yard butterfly with first-year CIT student Justin Whaley (1:59.26), sophomore English major Jonas Altman-Kurosaki (2:04.91), and senior CS and ECE major Dave Mohney (2:05.24).

The next meet is set to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Westminster College.