Swimming jumpstarts season
The Carnegie Mellon Tartans started off the season with an impressive performance on Saturday with the men’s team winning the meet 158–136, and despite a good fight, the women lost 181–117 against Clarion University.
The Tartans were able to win five events during the meet. The women’s major contributors were junior Molly Evans, who won the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard individual medley, along with senior Sara Andrews — who won the 200-yard freestyle — and first-year Dorothy Yu winning the 200-yard breaststroke. Andrews won the 200-yard freestyle, just touching out Clarion’s Rebecca Burgess by 0.04 seconds. Yu was able to finish her race with a time of 2:26.20, starting out the race with a split of a 1:09.86 and getting a two-second lead on the competition.
The women’s team placed very high in other events as well. Yu placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, and fellow teammate Brenna Stillo touched third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:08.95. Sophomore Victoria Adams raked in two second-place finishes in the long distance events of the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle. Junior Brianne Burton was able to place third in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.72. To finish off the meet, the Tartans finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the team of Andrews, Stillo, Burton, and sophomore Hannah Gonzalez, with a time of 1:42.66. Sophomore Olivia DeFazio was able to finish third for the Tartans’ diving team on the 1-meter board and finished fourth on the 3-meter board.
“I was upset that I didn’t win the 100-yard breaststroke, but I tried my best and didn’t let it stop me from doing my best in my next event,” said Yu, who won her next event, the 200-yard breaststroke. Stillo believed in her team, adding, “I think we did really well. We had a lot of lifetime best times and amazing swims, which I think really shows where this team is headed.”
The men’s team also had an outstanding meet, winning nine events. The Tartans were able to start off the meet with a great start, taking first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay.
The winning team of junior Michael Panzitta, senior Jason Huber, first-year Dan Glaser-Garbrick, and junior Josh Mathews finished with a time of 1:38.38, while the team of seniors Scott Moorby and Andrew Seo, junior Travis Piper, and senior Jeffrey Dahlen touched in with a time of 1:39.16.
Senior Jonas Altman-Kurosaki had a great meet, winning both of his individual events in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle. The men were able to sweep the 1000-yard freestyle, with Altman-Kurosaki in first, junior Frank Olechnowicz finishing second, and senior Gates Winkler touching third. Glaser-Garbrick also had an impressive meet, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly.
First-years Brandon Yee and Arthur Hong placed second and third in the 200-yard butterfly with times of 1:58.41 and 2:01.92, respectively. Yee also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.78) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (53.80).
The Tartans also swept the 100-yard breaststroke, with Huber finishing first in 1:00.31 and Seo a close second at 1:00.66. Sophomore Ben Howe finished third in the event. For the 200-yard breaststroke, Seo was able to pull out the event placing first, with Huber in second and sophomore Michael Rong finishing third. First-year Kevin Kuntz said, “Clarion had some fast swimmers [but] just didn’t have the depth to win the meet.”
The Tartans will next be in action on Saturday, Nov. 14 for a meet against Grove City College beginning at 1 p.m.