Swim and dive tops Westminister, but drops to #24 Denison
The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team traveled to New Wilmington, Pa. on Jan. 23 for a dual meet with Westminster College. Both the Tartan men and women won the meet, with scores of 183–113 and 181–110, respectively. The Tartans then came home to host Denison University this past Saturday for their last home meet of the season. They fell 80–217 on the women’s side, while the men’s team lost 164–135.
The women’s team started out the meet well with the relay team of junior Molly Evans, first-year Dorothy Yu, sophomore Hannah Gonzalez, and senior Sara Andrews winning the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:05.68. Individual highlights for the women’s team were Evans, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.12, and Andrews, who touched in second at 1:59.39. Evans also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:11.98 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:07.45, and sophomore diver Olivia DeFazio won both boards, with scores of 194.55 in the one-meter and 193.35 points for the three-meter.
For the men, fifth-year Jon Spring led the team by winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.34 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.84. First-year Daniel Glaser-Garbrick was a mere 0.45 seconds off the pool record for the 400-yard individual medley with his winning time of 4:11.69. Senior Jonas Altman-Kurosaki took first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:52.65, while junior Michael Panzitta just touched out Glaser-Garbrick for the win in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.40. To end the meet, the team of seniors Jeff Dahlen and Scott Moorby, junior Josh Matthews, and sophomore Matt Stanton won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a 1:29.07.
Sophomore Mike Alexovich won the one-meter diving while senior Matt Kuhn won the three-meter event with a score of 225.65. Both Spring and Evans garnered UAA Athlete of the Week honors for their performances.
Saturday marked the final home meet for the Tartan seniors as they took on Denison. Before the meet started, the team took a moment to recognize Altman-Kurosaki, Dahlen, Jason Huber, Kuhn, Moorby, Spring, Gates Winkler, Andrews, and senior Christine Anderson for their contributions to the team over their careers.
At the start of the meet, the women’s team placed third in the 200-yard medley relay with a team of Yu, Andrews, Evans, and Burton. Stillo, sophomore Victoria Adams, and Evans each had season-best swims, as Stillo took second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.22, Adams’ season-best 10:48.64 in her 1000-yard freestyle got second place, and Evans’ 500-yard freestyle time of 5:01.36 was also a season best.
“I think this weekend we swam really well,” Evans said. “Although Denison is a strong team, we were able to challenge them in a lot of races. Despite the fact that both teams lost, I think we had some outstanding in-season swims on both sides and really got up to race Denison for our last home meet.”
For the men, Altman-Kurosaki won the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 9:46.52. Spring ended his home career with a bang, breaking the 10-minute barrier for the first time as he touched third in 9:57.57.
“I was really happy with how the senior meet went, even if it was a loss,” Spring said. “We had some great swims and are posed to do well at our taper meets in the coming weeks.”
For the remaining events, Dahlen touched in second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.46 and Huber placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.32. Glaser-Garbrick dominated both the 200- and 100-yard butterfly with times of 1:54.52 and 51.73, respectively. Yee touched second in both the 200-yard free and fly before sprinting the last four laps of his 500-yard freestyle to seal a comeback victory.
“I’m really going to miss the whole team,” Huber said after the meet. “I feel like a father to these kids. I know that we are being smiled upon and have been blessed to finish out this season with a bang.”
Yee couldn’t help but echo Huber’s sentiments. “It’s definitely not going to be the same next year without these guys,” he said with watery eyes. “This team feels like my family, and it’s tough thinking about not having our eldest mentors with us next year.”
The Tartans will face off at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday before heading to Atlanta for the University Athletic Association Championships on Thursday.
Editor’s note: Jonas Altman-Kurosaki is the assistant Sports editor for The Tartan.