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Tartans swim in final meet of 2012

The Tartans push off from the blocks to begin the backstroke event. (credit: Jonathan Leung/) The Tartans push off from the blocks to begin the backstroke event. (credit: Jonathan Leung/)

The Tartan swimming and diving team took a few days off school to travel to Gambier, Ohio, to compete in the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College.

Carnegie Mellon faced the University of Pennsylvania, Kenyon College, Davidson College, and Grove City College, as well as Lake Erie College for the men, and University of Findlay for the women. The men’s team finished in third place with 523 points, and the women’s team finished in fourth with 461 points.

The men’s team qualified for the championship finals in many events. In the 200-yard butterfly, senior Brandon Yee placed seventh with a time of 1:55.59. First-year Philip Farr got a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.43. Lastly, sophomore David Campbell took sixth place in the 400-yard relay medley.

“This past weekend was another long weekend, and as a team I think we did great,” sophomore Cole Um said. “No matter how frustrating it was, we continuted to compete.”
The women’s team also had some strong finishes in the championship finals. In the 100-yard breaststroke, junior Tatiana Duchak finished fourth with a time of 1:06.37. Junior Soleil Phan finished in fourth place in the 400-yard relay medley in the championship finals with a time of 4:30.53, and sophomore Kelley Sheehan finished seventh with a time of 4:37.11.

Phan also finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.83, and senior Price Kinney finished sixth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:26.30.

The Tartans are finished swimming for the semester, but get back in the water hosting Westminster University and the State University of New York at Geneseo on Jan. 19 at home in the University Center.