Swimming and diving finishes dual meets 7–1
The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving teams finished their dual meet season with a win at Westminster College, improving their record to 7–1. The women’s team won seven of the events, ending with a score of 108–95, while the men won seven events with a 115–88 score.
The Tartan women’s relay team of first-year Molly Evans, sophomore Sara Andrews, first-year Rebecca Ussai, and senior Lauren Connell won the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 4:07.96. Senior Xiao-Lan Wong led a sweep of the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:57.69, followed by juniors Becky Martz and Tina Daup in 19:02.61 and 19:04.64, respectively.
Connell also won her two individual events, the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, in 24.96 and 53.95.
“We expected Westminster to be really competitive, and as a whole we did a really good job of racing and finishing strong to the wall,” Connell said. “It was a nice way to cap off a really great dual meet season.”
Evans was a double winner as well. She broke her own record in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:09.59 and also broke a pool record in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.70. Finishing one-two in the 200-yard butterfly were Ussai and senior Anna Kochalko with times of 2:14.21 and 2:15.15, respectively.
The men’s 400-yard medley relay team of sophomores John Johnson and Jason Huber, first-year Travis Piper, and senior Michael Bailey won in a time of 3:37.47. This was followed by an impressive pool record in the 1650-yard freestyle by junior Tom McConnell in 16:24.71. Senior Patrick Snyder won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.90. The 200-yard IM proved to be an exciting race with sophomore Andrew Weitz touching first-year Alex Hanson out by .18 seconds for first place at 2:00.38.
Bailey won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.97, followed by Snyder in 48.39. The 200-yard backstroke was another thrilling race between two Carnegie Mellon swimmers. Johnson clocked in first with a time of 1:59.12, followed closely by Hanson at 1:59.98. The 500-yard freestyle solidified Carnegie Mellon’s win with a sweep led by McConnell in 4:48.73 followed by sophomore Jonas Altman-Kurosaki and senior Andy Douglass.
“Before each meet we join hands and share one goal we hope to achieve as a team,” said junior Ron Papa. “Our close team unity has allowed us to crush our opponents not only in the pool, but also in spirit.”
The women will host a quad meet with California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, and Youngstown State University on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The men will next compete at the University of Pittsburgh Invitational Saturday, Feb. 2.