Swim and dive teams overcome Clarion
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their first home meet of the season last Saturday with double wins over Division II Clarion University, recording lopsided scores of 179–117 and 161–137, respectively.
“It was really big for our team to go out and make a statement like that,” junior Matt Stanton said. “We had planned on it being a close meet, and I think we surprised even ourselves a little with the times we were able to put up and the races we were able to win.”
After the women scored a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, sophomore Daniel Glaser-Garbrick, senior Max Gustafson, first-year Terrence Wong, and Stanton stepped up and drove home the first event victory in the same event on the men’s side with a time of 1:38.31. Junior Victoria Adams and sophomore Brandon Yee each took first in the 1000-yard freestyles, outracing their opponents by seven- and 10-second gaps, respectively.
Senior Alex Hanson touched first for the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.71, while teammates first-year Josh Chen and Glaser-Garbrick took the next two top spots. Hanson also took first in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:12.00. Senior veteran Molly Evans notched the first of three wins in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.48, while senior Michael Panzitta matched Evans’ win on the men’s side in 54.73.
Yee recorded his second win of the day with the 200-yard butterfly, touching six seconds before teammate senior Justin Whaley. Stanton followed suit and won the 50-yard freestyle in just 21.84 seconds, before he jumped right back in for the 100-yard freestyle and controlled that event as well, beating out Chen by 0.8 seconds for the top spot. Stanton also recorded his career-best time during his 50-yard race.
“Being able to win the 50 was great, especially going my best time in our first dual meet of the year,” Stanton said. “Clarion has historically dominated us in the sprint events, so being able to take both the 50 and the 100 free really got the message across that we are getting it done all across the board this season.”
Evans and Glaser-Garbrick pocketed their second wins of the day shortly after, winning the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.56 and 1:57.52, respectively. The meet concluded with a sweep of the men’s 500-yard freestyle led by Yee, senior Frank Olechnowicz, and Whaley, and Evans’ third win in the 200-yard IM in 2:10.08.
“The effort on the women’s side was outstanding,” Evans said. “Going into the meet, we knew we needed to pull out all the stops and really race the Clarion girls if we wanted to win, and even though we lost [that race], there were some very encouraging swims and I think it said a lot about our team the way we kept it close all meet.”
After a successful season beginning, the Tartans will host their annual alumni meet this Homecoming weekend before taking on Grove City College at home on Saturday, Nov. 13. The meet begins at 1 p.m.