Swimming and diving competes against the best at NCAAs

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed this weekend at the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis.

For the women’s team, sole competitor junior Molly Evans swam the 200-yard backstroke, placing second in the consolation final with a time of 2:03.68. Evans also competed in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 12th, and the 500-yard freestyle, placing 10th. Evans also earned her third career Honorable Mention All-American. Overall, Evans tallied 19 points to finish 34th out of 51 swimmers.

“I think the way the meet went was a great way to end my season,” said Evans. “Although my backstroke wasn’t where I’ve been in the past, I know that this will keep me humble and motivate me to work hard this summer.”

For the men’s swimming team, first-year Dan Glaser-Garbrick placed eighth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.08, earning his first All-America honor. Senior Scott Moorby competed in the 100-yard backstroke and took third with a career-best time of 50.34. Like his fellow teammate, Moorby picked up an Honorable Mention All-American title. The men’s 800-yard freestyle relay also swam at the meet, setting a new school record with the team of senior Jeff Dahlen, junior Frank Olechnowicz, senior Gates Winkler, and junior Alex Hanson.

The team earned Honorable Mention recognition, placing 12th in the race with a new school record of 6:48.37.

“It was really cool getting top eight as a freshman,” said Glaser-Garbrick. “It was a real thrill to be up there on the podium at my first nationals and I can only hope to build on this success over my next three years.”

Olechnowicz, who also made his championships debut at the meet, added, “Making nationals and then getting All-America was a great experience. It was great being able to accomplish something greater than the goals I had set for myself and I couldn’t have been more joyful making this meet and succeeding like I did.”

On the last day of the championships, senior Jonas Altman-Kurosaki placed sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle, earning All-American honors with a time of 15:46.72. Olechnowicz also swam this event, and received his second Honorable Mention All-American honor at the meet. Olechnowicz placed 12th in the event, with a career-best time of 15:58.27. Winkler finished 17th in 16:10.44.

Dahlen swam the 200-yard backstroke, earning an Honorable Mention All-American honor for his performance, and placed second in the consolation final with a career-best and school record time of 1:48.97. Moorby also competed in the event, finishing 25th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:52.50. The men’s team was able to place five swimmers overall during the meet in the top 16, finishing out the second at the NCAA competition placing 15th out of 61 schools.

“That was the perfect way to round out my swimming career,” said Dahlen. “It’s nice to know I went out with a bang, and even the day afterwards, I still feel fantastic.”

This marks the end of the season for the swimming and diving team. Competition will resume next season in October.
Editor’s Note: Jonas Altman-Kurosaki is the assistant Sports editor.