Men’s swimming, diving falls at Denison
Carnegie Mellon men's swimming competed away against Denison University’s Big Red on Saturday, falling to the national powerhouse with a score of 141–128.
Although the team lost the meet, the Tartans fought hard and saw numerous stellar performances throughout the day.
Sophomore Andrew Yee had two impressive finishes in the meet. In the mixed 1,650-yard freestyle, Yee finished third place in the event in 16:37.25, and finished the 50-yard freestyle in 4:46.34.
The Tartan’s dominance was displayed in the freestyle events. First-year Christopher Wysocki placed second with 10:00.23, followed by fellow teammate first-year Joseph Robinson, who finished third with a time of 10:24.76.
First-year Steven Geier’s time of 1:45.84 placed him second in the 200-yard freestyle, while first-year Lucas Bruder earned third place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.44. Lastly, junior Terrence Wong competed in the 50-yard freestyle, placing second with a time of 22.12.
Two Tartans competed especially well in the backstroke event: Sophomore Michael Kellman finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.28 and teammate Geier placed third in the 200-yard backstroke with 1:59.73.
Sophomores Cole Um and Roy Sung finished second in two different breaststroke events. Um placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.73.
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Sung finished in 2:14.49. Sung also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) to teammate first-year Matthew Nielsen, who finished first by half a second.
Carnegie Mellon’s domination continued into the butterfly events. Senior Brandon Yee was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.76, and in the 100-yard butterfly, Wong finished second with a time of 52.54.
Wysocki attributed the loss to strenuous practices leading up to the meet.
“I did not think we performed well,” Wysocki said. “That being said, we had a lot of tough workouts leading up to the meet.”
Um agreed. “It was a long week, and a lot of traveling. As a team you have your ups and downs. We know we will perform better next time,” he said.
Carnegie Mellon’s nationally-ranked team was coming off big wins against SUNY Geneseo and Westminster College on Saturday, Jan. 19 with 194–92 and 197–90, respectively.
“[The meet] went well and it was nice to get that recognition,” Um said. “We worked for it, and it paid off.”
The Tartans performed well in the breaststroke events, with Farr placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke.
“I feel like we performed well in the meet against [SUNY Geneseo and Westminster College],” Wysocki said. “It set a positive tone for the rest of the season.”
“I think we can hopefully win the conference championships and have a lot of swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championships,” he said.
“I hope that we can finish better than we did last year,” Um added.
The team will take on the University of Pittsburgh at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 2 at home.