Swim and dive ends season with ECAC Championships at U. Pitt

This past weekend, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving team competed at the University of Pittsburgh in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.

The Tartans kicked off their meet on the second day of competition. The first event, the women’s 200-yard medley relay, with the team of first-year Dorothy Yu, first-year Breanna Stillo, junior Molly Evans, and junior Brianne Burton, were disqualified. The next event Carnegie Mellon competed in was the women’s 200-yard freestyle, with first-year Sarah Musial placing 47th with a time of 2:02.56 in the preliminaries. In the men’s 200-yard freestyle, junior Josh Mathews placed eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 1:42.24, a time fast enough to qualify for the ‘A’ finals, where he placed seventh with a time of 1:41.86, a season best. First-year Breanna Stillo placed 13th in the preliminaries of the women’s 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.97, along with senior Sara Andrews swimming in a time of 1:07.55 and placing 17th.

Mathews started off the meet for Carnegie Mellon on Sunday, swimming the men’s 100-yard freestyle and placing 16th in the preliminaries, with a time of 47.08, assuring him a spot in the ‘B’ final. In the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, Yu hit a time of 2:28.15, finishing 19th, and first-year Price Kinney placed 26th in the same event, touching in just two seconds later.

In the women’s 200-yard butterfly, junior Rebecca Ussai swam a time of 2:11.12, finishing 23rd. On the men’s side, junior Justin Whaley placed 16th with a time of 1:54.63, earning him a spot in the ‘B’ finals, while first-year Brandon Yee placed 20th, finishing in 1:56.42.

“I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but it felt good to get another race in before the season ended,” Yu said, reflecting on her season. “Even though only about 10 of us swam this weekend, the rest of the team came and cheered us on.”

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will next be in action at the NCAA Championships March 20–23 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.