Swimming and diving host Clarion University for first home meet

Both the men’s and women’s swim teams host Clarion University in the University Center pool. (credit: Sky Gao/) Both the men’s and women’s swim teams host Clarion University in the University Center pool. (credit: Sky Gao/)

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team began its home season with a meet against Division II Clarion University on Saturday. The men won the meet 167–133 while the women fell to the Golden Eagles 116–182.

Opening up the meet for the men, first-year Andrew Yee won the 1,000-yard freestyle race in 9:55.58, with first-year David Campbell placing second in 10:05.01. With nearly half the men’s team consisting of first-years, the new talent helped the team start fresh this season.

Grabbing crucial placing points, sophomores Austin Bohn and Eddie Sears came in second in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle races, respectively. Being the first home meet of the season, the men had a slightly different mentality. “Last week at Rochester we got a little ahead of ourselves and weren’t mentally comfortable swimming fast. This week we were,” said Bohn.

Near the end of men’s meet, first-year Cole Um won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.64, and Yee picked up his second victory of the day in the 500-yard freestyle.

The women had numerous second place finishes Saturday, fighting hard against the Golden Eagles. Junior Breanna Stillo placed second in both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle, with times of 1:08.47 and 25.31, respectively.

In diving, senior Olivia DeFazio came in second in the three-meter board and third on the one-meter board. Following soon after the first diving break, sophomore Soleil Phan finished the 100-yard freestyle second with a time of 54.92, before first-year Kelley Sheehan came in second in the 200-yard backstroke. Shortly after, Sheehan also came in second with a time of 2:14.65 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Commenting on the new practicing techniques she was exposed to this year, Sheehan said, “We are getting as much training in as possible, which means not resting for meets. It is really important for us to learn how to swim when we are tired at this time of the year.”

With hopes of getting relay teams to nationals this year and winning UAAs, the Tartans continue to train hard this season. Every meet is crucial from here on out.

Their next meet will be at home against Grove City College next Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Last season, the women’s team beat Grove City, 217–160, and the men’s team won 214–158. The Tartans will look to continue their dominance over the Wolverines.