Glaser-Garbrick is a UAA champion

The Tartans finished strong at the UAA Championships at the University of Rochester.  (credit: File Photo) The Tartans finished strong at the UAA Championships at the University of Rochester. (credit: File Photo)

The Tartan men and women took to the pool this week to compete in University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships at the University of Rochester. The men took second place for the fourth year in a row as the women clinched third place by a margin of four points over Washington University in St. Louis.

Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving program is now home to a UAA champion, sophomore Dan Glaser-Garbrick, who won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.94. This automatically sends Glaser-Garbrick to the NCAA Championships in March.

Competing on the men’s side in their last UAA championship were seniors Michael Panzitta, Alex Hanson, and Josh Plotnik, who all finished on a strong note. Panzitta and Hanson both swam in the ‘B’ final of the 200-yard backstroke. Panzitta won his heat with a time of 1:55.08 as Hanson clinched fifth with 1:57.22. Plotnik finished 15th overall in breaststroke.

First-years Edward Sears, Austin Bohn, Josh Chen, and Terrance Wong made a splash during their first UAA appearances. Bohn made the ‘B’ final of the 200-yard breaststroke event and placed second, while Sears had his season best of 47.40 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle ‘B’ final.

The young 400-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Chen, Wong, Sears, and junior Matt Stanton touched in fourth place with a time of 3:07.24.

Stanton also finished second in the ‘B’ final of the 100-yard freestyle with a season best of 47.36 seconds. Another standout performance came from sophomore Brandon Yee, who swam in the championship heat and finished seventh with a time of 1:52.86.

On the women’s side, the seniors ended their careers at Carnegie Mellon with power. Senior Molly Evans finished third in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 2:04.12. Senior Rebecca Ussai placed fourth overall with a time of 2:09.25 in the 200-yard butterfly.

First-year women Soleil Phan, Megan Garvey, and Vivian Wong made their first appearances at UAAs with solid results. Phan finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, which is within 0.09 seconds of a school record set in 1995. Garvey finished sixth in the 200-yard butterfly, while Wong finished fourth in the ‘B’ final of the 200-yard breaststroke.

The Tartans also saw a strong standout performance from sophomore Price Kinney. Kinney took sixth place, had a career best, and made the NCAA provisional cut with a time of 2:24.38 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Juniors Hannah Gonzalez and Jen Sung added to the Tartans’ success: Gonzalez had a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a career-best time of 2:08.99, while Sung finished in sixth place.

Finishing the meet was the Tartans’ dynamic relay team for the 400-yard freestyle. The team — composed of Phan, sophomore Breanna Stillo, Evans, and senior Brianne Burton — placed second with a time of 3:30.25. This time set a new school record and qualified them for NCAA Championships. In diving, junior Olivia DeFazio took fourth place on the one-meter board.

The Tartans who qualified for NCAA Championships will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., and compete March 23–26.