Hanson sets new record in 400 IM

Credit: Kristen Severson Credit: Kristen Severson

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Kenyon College and Allegheny College last Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams fell to Kenyon but topped Allegheny in the tri-meet. It was the Tartans’ first competition since returning from their winter training trip to Miami, Fla., and the team’s hard work led to some impressive performances.

The Tartan women got impressive all-around performances from first-year Soleil Phan and senior Molly Evans, who were both part of Carnegie Mellon’s winning 200-yard medley relay along with sophomore Breanna Stillo and senior Brianne Burton. Phan also finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.79, and she overtook Kenyon’s Kati Meirs in the final lap of the 500 freestyle to finish third with an in-season time of 5:09.07. Evans finished second in the 100-yard backstroke and won the 200 back, but her best performance came in the 400 IM, when she won the event and broke her own 2009 pool record with a time of 4:29.44.

The top performer for the men was senior Alex Hanson. Hanson, a three-time participant at the NCAA Championships and a 2010 All-American, finished second in both the 200 free and the 200 breaststroke, going an in-season best 2:11.31 in the latter event. Like Evans, Hanson’s top performance was also in the 400 IM. Hanson won and, not to be outdone by his female counterpart, broke the men’s nine-year-old pool record in the event with a time of 4:06.51.

The Tartans will host another tri-meet this Saturday. The meet against Westminster College and SUNY Geneseo will mark the senior swimmers’ final career home meet. The meet will be at the University Center pool starting at 1 p.m.