Sports

Swimming and diving hosts Clarion

The men’s and women’s teams put their hands in to cheer as they host their first home meet of the season. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Staff Photographer) The men’s and women’s teams put their hands in to cheer as they host their first home meet of the season. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Staff Photographer)

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dove into their first home meet of the season last weekend. The Tartans hosted the Division-II Clarion University Golden Eagles. The men’s team crushed Clarion University 202–97, while the women’s team fell 198–102.

The men took first in many events and swept some events entirely. The first-years got their first taste of competition at home, with many of them responsible for first-place finishes. First-year Christopher Wysocki took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:56.82. In the 200-yard freestyle, first-year Steven Geier took first place with a time of 1:46.62.

The 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Josh Lucheon, sophomore Cole Um, junior Terrence Wong, and first-year Lucas Bruder finished in 1:37.22. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Bruder, Wong, first-year Carter Sharer, and junior Edward Sears also took first, finishing in 1:27.34.

The Tartan women, despite losing, still had first-place finishes from junior Soleil Phan, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.99, and junior Megan Garvey, who won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:21.06. Phan also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.60 and in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.62. Meanwhile, Garvey also placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:11.92.

The women’s team saw strong finishes from its first-years. First-year Felicia Wang had two second-place finishes for the Tartans in breaststroke events. The first was in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.47, and the second was in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:32.53. First-year Kira Singhaus recorded another Tartan second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.14.

In the diving pool, first-year Winona Li had the best finish for the Tartans with her fifth-place finish off the one-meter board.

“I think we’re doing great for this point in the season. This is the point where training gets really intense, but everyone was pushing through during the meet and I feel like our team is really coming together,” sophomore Nicole Crimi said.

The men’s and women’s teams will host Grove City College on Saturday.