Swimming and diving teams take first meet against Case
Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their seasons with big wins against conference rival Case Western Reserve University.
“It was definitely the best first swim meet I’ve been in,” said junior Cole Um.
Of the 32 events held at home on Saturday, Carnegie Mellon finished first in 22. The men’s team won 178–108, while the women’s team won by an even greater margin with a final score of 191–101.
After finishing second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Conference last year, the men’s side looks to be bolstered by several first-years this season.
First-years Evan Li and Sivan Mehta teamed up with stalwarts Um and masters student Eddie Sears to win the 200-yard medley. Li also finished first in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.
“Evan is really versatile. He can swim in a bunch of events,” Sears said. “That [versatility] was something we didn’t have the last couple of years.... To have a couple of guys you can put in anywhere really helps us out.”
Another first-year, Brian Walsh, found success in the butterfly, beating sophomore teammate Alexander Dintino by just 0.06 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly and finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly.
Dintino found better fortune later, finishing first in the 100-yard backstroke.
Sears and Um, the top performers of the past two seasons, started their seasons on strong notes. Sears finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, while Um finished second in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes.
On the women’s side, first-year Kimberly Klausing finished first in both the 1,000-yard and 500-yard freestyle.
“In general, [the first-years] really stepped up and performed their best,” said senior Soleil Phan.
First-year Lauren Zemering finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and participated in Carnegie Mellon’s winning 200-yard medley relay team.
Carnegie Mellon’s top finisher in the 100-yard butterfly, Gillian Crews, also swam on the Tartans’ second place 200-yard medley team.
Phan, a standout on the women’s swimming team for the past three years, started off her season strong, finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly and first in the 100-yard freestyle.
“I know that we’ve had a couple of illnesses so far, but overall, the whole team seems to be setting their pain aside and really focusing on what we want to accomplish this season,” Phan said.
The women’s diving squad also impressed. First-year Barclay Kaku finished first in the 1-meter diving board, totaling 226.80 points, while junior Winona Li finished second with 210.08 points.
In the 3-meter dive, Li finished first with 240.90 points and Kaku second with 211.35 points.
For the men’s diving, sophomore Yannos Michailidis finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive.
With the addition of several impressive first-years, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams look to make deep runs this season.
“Our culture of our team this year is amazing. We push each other every day, and that’s what makes us all get better,” Sears said.
Their next challenge comes this Saturday at home at 11 a.m. against Clarion University.