Swimming and diving triumph over Case Western, Allegheny
The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving teams have had a busy start to the semester, topping Case Western Reserve University and Allegheny College before falling to Kenyon College and Ashland University in a double-dual meet on Saturday. The men are now 6–2 on the year, while the women are 4–4.
Less than two days after returning from their training trip in Miami, Fla., the teams took to the starting blocks in Cleveland to battle Case Western Reserve.
The women were victorious, 133–95, and many of the Tartans took first in their respective events, including junior Molly Evans, who took first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 1000-yard freestyle. Senior Sara Andrews took the 200-yard freestyle, junior Brianne Burton won the 50-yard freestyle, and sophomore Victoria Adams beat out the competition in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:20.58. Sophomore Olivia DeFazio also swept the one- and three-meter diving events. Junior Rebecca Ussai and first-year Dorothy Yu took first in the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard IM, respectively.
The men’s side of the team was equally dominant, nearly doubling the Spartans in points, 156–80.
The Tartans who took first were seniors Jonas Altman-Kurosaki in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:56.51; Jeff Dahlen in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in at 54.04; junior Alex Hanson in the 400-yard IM, and first-year Dan Glaser-Garbrick in the 100-yard butterfly. First-year Brandon Yee grabbed the win for both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, while senior Matt Kuhn swept the diving competition.
“These past couple weeks have been our most intense weeks of training, and even though a lot of the guys are feeling tired and sore, we have been able to perform at higher levels than I have seen in my four years here,” Dahlen noted of his team’s spectacular success this month. “I think our success throughout the season has been attributed to our depth as a team. We are fortunate to have studs in every event. Our freshman class in particular has done an outstanding job of filling in the voids and has really expanded our depth as a whole. Our coach always jokes that it makes his life difficult to put together relays because we have so many talented guys.”
The Tartans continued their momentum against Allegheny College, winning 187–105 on the men’s side and 162–124 for the women’s. Both teams kicked off the meet by taking first in the 200-yard medley relay. In the 1000-yard freestyle, Adams and senior Jon Spring took the victories, followed by a win from Glaser-Garbrick in the men’s 200-yard freestyle.
Dahlen and Evans won the 100-yard backstroke, while senior Jason Huber and Yu cleaned up in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 200-yard butterfly was again won by two Tartans, Yee and Ussai, while the 50-yard freestyle was taken by senior Scott Moorby and Burton. Kuhn and DeFazio dominated in the one-meter dive event. Yu picked up her second event win in the 200-yard backstroke, and first-year Price Kinney claimed victory in the 200-yard breaststroke. Hanson picked up another event win for the Tartans in the 500-yard freestyle, while DeFazio won her second dive event in the three-meter, and sophomore Eli Fatsi won the three-meter event for the men’s side.
The heavy workload seemed to take its toll on both teams on Saturday, however, as they went up against perennial Division III champion Kenyon College and Division II program Ashland University. The men were only able to pull off one individual victory, while the women were able to take two as the Tartans fell to both opponents.
Despite the losses, the Tartans cannot help but be encouraged by their strong training and results. “Coming off of a training trip, it’s tough to be at our best every meet,” said sophomore Allyson Koyen. “But everyone has been getting up for each race, and hopefully our strong efforts will carry over when we taper for championships.”
“We are in great shape, and we’ve been swimming better and better every weekend, and I think with a good rest for conferences we can really turn some heads,” Dahlen observed. He, like so many players in every varsity sport at Carnegie Mellon, remarked, “Beat Emory.”
The Tartans will return to competition this Saturday against Westminister College in New Wilmington, Pa.
Editor’s note: Jonas Altman-Kurosaki is the assistant Sports Editor for The Tartan.