Swimming and diving travels to Rochester

Both the men’s and women’s swim teams got off to great starts for the 2011 season. (credit: File Photo) Both the men’s and women’s swim teams got off to great starts for the 2011 season. (credit: File Photo)

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team returned home from a successful weekend at the University of Rochester Saturday evening. Starting their season out in a double dual meet, the Tartans went up against the Rochester Yellowjackets, followed by the New York University Violets and the Case Western Reserve University Spartans.
The women swept their three meets, ending with over 200 points against each opponent. Starting the meet off strong on Friday, first-year Debbie Lin, junior Branna Stillo, sophomore Soleil Phan, and first-year Kelley Sheehan won the 400-yard medley relay with a 4:03.60 time. With new members on the team, the women stayed close and used their teamwork to steal the victory.

Phan also placed first in the 200-yard individual medley, the second individual event of the evening, with a time of 2:13.91.

Lin, Stillo, Phan, and Sheehan started off Saturday’s meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley. Despite being in only her first year at Carnegie Mellon, Sheehan pushed the competition aside and went on to win the 100-yard backstroke race with a time of 1:02.38.

On the deeper end of the pool, senior Olivia DeFazio placed second on the one-meter diving board and seventh on the three-meter board. Junior Price Kinney won one of the last races of the meet, the 200-yard breaststroke, in 2:32.63.

The men opened up their season with victories against the University of Rochester and New York University, but they lost to Case Western Reserve University.
First-years Michael Kellman and Cole Um and sophomores Terrence Wong and Eddie Sears swam the first event of the day, placing third with a time of 3:35.83 in the 400-yard medley relay.

Junior Dan Glaser-Garbrick claimed a victory in the 200-yard individual medley event with a time of 2:00.09. On Sunday, he won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:56.47 and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:14.95.

The Yee brothers later swept the 200-yard freestyle race, with first-year Andrew emerging victorious only 0.86 seconds in front of his brother, junior Brandon, with a time of 1:46.45.

Senior Mike Alexovich was fifth on the one-meter and sixth on the three-meter diving boards, while senior Eli Fatsi placed fourth on the one-meter and three-meter boards.
“The women’s team had a strong start and will probably have a very good University Athletic Association meet,” senior Jen Sung said, “and the men’s team is very young, so there is hope for them as well.”

The Tartans will have their next meet at home on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Clarion University.