Carnegie Mellon hosts quad meet
The Tartans swimming and diving team hosted the annual Carnegie Mellon quad meet last Friday and Saturday. The competing teams included Allegheny College, the University of Rochester, and Washington and Lee University.
The men’s team swept the quad meet with a close victory (132.5–129.5) over Washington and Lee, and with greater margins (185–77 and 178–84) over Rochester and Allegheny College, respectively.
As first-years, Andrew Yee and David Campbell are already breaking their career bests. Yee shaved five seconds off his best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Later in the meet, Yee placed first in the 500-yard freestyle. Another strong performance came in the 200-yard breaststroke from first-years Cole Um and Daniel Mock, who took second and third in the race, respectively.
Junior Dan Glaser-Garbrick finished strong; a top swimmer for the Tartans last year, Glaser-Garbrick brought in a first-place finish last weekend in the 200-yard individual medley with a season best of 1:58.25.
The women’s team also performed well at the quad meet. The women topped Washington and Lee 163–94, Rochester 149–108, and Allegheny College 168–84.
The first-years helped strengthen the women’s team. The addition of first-year Debbie Lin to the team of sophomore Tatiana Duchak, sophomore Megan Garvey, and junior Breanna Stillo helped the Tartans win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:51.02.
“Everyone was hyped up, and we swam very well as a team,” said senior Jen Sung. “The whole team contributed to our three wins for both men and women. With our quad meet under our belt, we’re very excited about Nike Cup, which is in two weeks.”
Returning swimmers, such as sophomore Soleil Phan and junior Price Kinney, helped the Tartans to victory with first-place finishes. Phan placed first in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, while Kinney placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
On the boards, it was the seniors on the diving team who brought in the wins. Senior Olivia DeFazio won the three-meter board with 371.60 points and placed second on the one-meter board with 257.80 points. On the men’s side, senior Eli Fatsi took both events with 453.55 points on the three-meter board and 444.65 points on the one-meter board. Another diver, senior Mike Alexovich, took second place on the three-meter board with 415.50 points.
“The team looked confident and very prepared coming into the meet, and they definitely delivered results by winning a lot of important races and then ultimately the meet,” said sophomore business administration major Kathleen Dolan, who was a spectator at the event. “It was also great to see a lot of impressive swims from the underclassmen because it looks like the team is continuing to improve each year.”
The Carnegie Mellon swim team will compete again on Dec. 1, when the swimmers travel to Kenyon College for the Total Performance Invitational. The diving team will compete Jan. 21 at Westminster College.