Swim and dive teams find success in pool

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The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving teams finished another strong weekend, both at home and away. The diving team hosted the Carnegie Mellon Diving Invite last Friday and Saturday, competing against Washington & Jefferson College and University Athletic Association (UAA) opponent the University of Rochester. The swim team traveled to Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday to compete at the Franklin and Marshall College Quad meet, where it faced the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, the University of Rochester Yellowjackets and the Washington and Lee Generals.

The diving team set the tone for the week starting off Friday in the Carnegie Mellon dive tank. The Tartans had a great performance overall. On the men’s side, junior Eli Fatsi finished first in the men’s one-meter 11 dives with a score of 375.40, topping the next closest diver by over 15 points. Fatsi also finished third in the men’s three-meter 11 dives with a score of 383.15. A similarly outstanding performance was seen from junior Mike Alexovich, who had a high score of 428.90 in the men’s three-meter 11 dives. Alexovich’s performance could not be matched by the second-place diver, who had a score of 384.60.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s diving team had similar success with an exceptional performance by junior Olivia Defazio. Defazio’s scores were only outdone by a diver from Washington & Jefferson, who set a pool record on the one-meter board. Defazio placed a close second in both the women’s one-meter and three-meter dives.

On Saturday, the men’s and women’s swimming teams continued their winning trend at the quad meet. The women’s team had an excellent performance, topping Franklin and Marshall 164–93, Washington and Lee 158–99, and UAA foe Rochester 163–94.
The Tartans started off strong by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a score of 1:51.51. The relay team was comprised of first-year Soleil Phan, sophomore Breanna Stillo, first-year Megan Garvey, and senior Brianne Burton. Individual successes were also plentiful, as Stillo finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.57, and first-years Vivian Wong and Tatiana Duchak finished second and third, respectively. Wong was able to win the 200-yard breaststroke, and Burton grabbed a win in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Molly Evans contributed to the Tartans’ performance with a big win in the 1,000-yard freestyle race with a time of 10:27.53.

The Tartan men’s swimming team triumphed as well, topping Washington & Jefferson 219–43, Washington & Lee University 153–109, and Rochester 203–59. The men began with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The relay team consisted of sophomore Dan Glaser-Garbrick, first-years Seijean Gahng and Terrence Wong, and junior Matt Stanton. Glaser-Garbrick pulled an individual win in the 200-yard IM. Other first-place finishes included first-year Josh Chen in the 200-yard freestyle and sophomore Brandon Yee in the 200-yard butterfly.

“There was not as much energy as last week; however, we still swam well. The men’s and women’s teams both won, so I’d say overall success,” senior Frank Olechnowicz said, reflecting on the team win and his individual win in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
The Tartans have seen a lot of success so far this season. They are now focusing on and working toward the Nike Cup Invitational, which will be held on Dec. 2–4 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.