Tartans host final home meet
The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team hosted its final home meet this past Saturday against Denison University, last year’s national champions.
The women lost with an overall score of 164–120, and the men also fell to the Big Red 178-114.
Performing consistently well throughout the season, sophomore Soleil Phan won the 100-yard freestyle race in 54.19. Phan later came in second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.44, improving her time in the event by over three seconds since the first meet of the season at the University of Rochester.
First-year Kelley Sheehan also made an impression in the pool during the course of her first season with Tartan athletics. As a member of the victorious 400-yard medley and 200-yard medley relay at Rochester back in October, Sheehan continued to come through strong at the meet last Saturday, placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. She also placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle of 5:16.25, finishing with a season-best time.
In her last home meet, senior Olivia DeFazio placed second in the one-meter diving board with 228.75 points, a season best for her. She has been a part of Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving team for four years.
“As a team, the swimmers and divers show great support for each member,” DeFazio said. “It’s impressive how the unofficial leaders on the team set such high standards for the newer members. It’s been an exciting four years as a member of the team, and I know my college experience has been far better because of my involvement.”
On the men’s team, sophomore Eddie Sears has been swimming consistently well throughout the season — including the 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard medley, and 50-yard freestyle.
At Saturday’s meet, Sears finished the 50-yard freestyle in third place with a time of 22.03.
Sophomore Austin Bohn also swam well this season, earning two NCAA “B” cuts at the Nike Cup at the end of the fall. Against Denison, Bohn placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with 1:01.28.
Competing in his final home meet, senior Eli Fatsi finished fifth on the one-meter board with 274.34 points and sixth on the three-meter board with 273.08 points. In his final season with Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving, Fatsi nearly broke both of the school diving pool records, beating the one-meter record while just missing the three-meter record by a few points.
“This has been my best year so far, as I was hoping it would be being my last year here,” Fatsi said. “Our conference has gotten pretty strong since I was a freshman. Teams that used to be guaranteed wins [for us] suddenly have some great divers and fast swimmers. With so many freshman on the team, it’ll be nice to set the bar high for them.”
The women’s volleyball team attended the swim and dive meet to support their fellow Tartan athletes.
“It was my first time watching a diving competition,” said Amy Friedman, a sophomore architecture major and defensive specialist on the volleyball team. “It was amazing to see the complex dives.”
The Tartans will be competing this Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.