Swimming and diving unable to top Pittsburgh in dual meet

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team competed yesterday at the University of Pittsburgh. The men’s swimming and diving team fell 196–97 to end their season with a record of 7–4. The women’s swimming and diving team also lost, with a final record of 6–6. Senior members of the team tapered for their last meet of the season.

The women’s swimming and diving team started out with the 1000-yard freestyle, with first-year Sarah Menio placing third with a time of 11:23.51. Other notable mentions include first-years Breanna Stillo and Price Kinney’s second- and third-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke, with times of 1:09.51 and 1:10.00, respectively. The veteran swimmers put their names on the board as well. Senior Sara Andrews placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with 1:59.05 on the clock, while junior Molly Evans touched third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.03.

This meet also saw breakthroughs in personal records for a few hardworking Tartans. Sophomore Sam Miner dropped time in both of her events, dropping two seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke to 1:12.52 and dropping seven seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke with a final time of 2:35.86. “It’s a really exciting feeling to drop time like that after working hard all season,” Miner said. “Something just clicked in the water today, and it was a great way to end the season.”

Junior Rebecca Ussai and sophomore Hannah Gonzalez finished second and third as well in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing with times of 2:14.18 and 2:14.31, respectively.

For the men’s swimming and diving team, the team of seniors Scott Moorby and Jason Huber, junior Travis Piper, and sophomore Ryan Pearl set the mood with a third-place in the 200 medley relay.

The men’s swimming team swept the 1000-yard freestyle, with senior Gates Winkler placing first, junior Frank Olechnowicz placing second, and first-year Karl Weisling finishing third. Olechnowicz also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:47.87.

Senior Jon Spring finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.03. Senior Jeff Dahlen also placed third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.85 and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with a 1:58.39.

Although the climate may have brought a few Tartans down, Dahlen was able to move past the gloomy weather “It felt good to swim today,” he said. “I thought I would be a little tight because of being stuck inside in the weather, but when I got in for warm-up, I felt ready to go.”

Tartans of all age groups were able to record strong finishes, including the newest members of the team. First-year Arthur Hong dropped nearly three seconds in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming a time of 1:57.73. Huber finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.13. First-year Dan Glaser-Garbrick swam the 100-yard butterfly in a second-place time of 52.29, and he touched fourth in the 200-yard IM in a time of 1:59.08. The men ended the meet sweeping the 200-yard freestyle relay as well.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving team will be heading next to Atlanta on Feb. 18 for the start of the University Athletic Association Championships.