Swimming and diving take on the University of Pittsburgh

The swimmers dive off the blocks and into the water to begin the race. (credit: File Photo by Jennifer Coloma) The swimmers dive off the blocks and into the water to begin the race. (credit: File Photo by Jennifer Coloma)

Carnegie Mellon’s swimming and diving team participated in its last meet before the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships this past Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh. The women’s team defeated three of its four competitors: Clarion University, Grove City College, and California University of Pennsylvania.

The men’s team emerged victorious against Grove City College and Clarion University. However, both teams fell to Pitt.

Saturday was the swimming and diving team’s first meet since starting “taper” the previous Monday, a new routine that shortens practices during the week so the athletes feel more rested and have more energy for their meet at the end of the week.

Sophomore Megan Garvey, who has been swimming consistently well throughout her second season with Tartan athletics, placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday.

According to Garvey, she hopes to place within the top eight in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events at this year’s UAA championships, and eventually go on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships.

Junior Breanna Stillo, who also competed against Pitt last Saturday, enjoyed racing against the Division I and II schools at the meet.

“As we approach our UAA championship, I’m really looking forward to seeing how well our team can do. It was an awesome experience being part of the first Carnegie Mellon women’s relay team to go to Nationals last year, so it would be great to send an even larger group of people this year,” she said.

Stillo placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke race. Earlier this season, Stillo set the school record for the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.96 at the Top Performance meet hosted by Kenyon College.

On the men’s team, junior Brandon Yee came in first in the 200-yard butterfly event with a time of 1:54.04, with junior Daniel Glaser-Garbrick following in third place in 1:57.88. Brandon Yee had a season-best time of 52.31 in the 200-yard backstroke, placing third in the race. He continues to prepare for the upcoming UAA conference meet, and said that he hopes to make it to the NCAA championship.

First-year Andrew Yee placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:42.58, and was second in the 1,000-yard freestyle with his season-best time of 9:46.33.

As a newcomer to the team this year, Andrew Yee said that he enjoyed the winter training trip in Miami, Fl., where the team not only tested its physical strength with a rigorous practice schedule that lasted nearly two weeks, but also became much closer as teammates.

Overcome with illness during the week, first-year Anton Razanav looks to the upcoming UAA meet as well as Nationals later this year. “With the UAA championship coming up soon, I am hoping to post some good times that place me as a strong opponent in finals. If my times allow me pass to Nationals in March, then I can hope to improve even further,” Razanav said.

The swimming and diving team will be in action again at the UAA championships at Case Western Reserve University. The meet will begin on Feb. 15 and finish on Feb. 18.