Swim teams place 2nd, 4th at UAAs

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago last Thursday to Saturday.

The meet was highlighted by the men’s team’s second-place finish and a series of individual championships for both the men and the women.

A series of strong performances led the Tartan men to a silver victory. Sophomore Anton Razanav and junior Edward Sears brought home individual championships. In the 1,650-yard freestyle, four finished in the top 10.

Razanav repeated as the 200-yard backstroke champion and qualified for the NCAA Championships in March. On Friday, Razanav also earned All-UAA status in the 100-yard backstroke, earning third with a career-best time of 51.56 seconds and provisionally qualifying for the NCAA meet.

Sears also was a UAA champion, winning the 100-yard freestyle and provisionally qualifying for NCAAs. Earlier in the meet, Sears was just 0.03 seconds away from breaking the school record in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 20.90 seconds.

First year Matthew Nielsen earned All-UAA status in the 400-yard Individual Medley (IM) by finishing third. His time was a season-best and helped him qualify for NCAAs. Sophomore David Campbell also provisionally qualified for NCAAs in the preliminaries.

The relay events were the highlight of the first day. The 200-yard freestyle relay team placed third to earn All-UAA status, and the 400-yard medley relay team touched in a provisional NCAA-qualifying time of 3:24.47.

“Our performance reflected all of our hard work we put in this season. We left everything in the pool and fought through adversity to wrap up our season with an excellent conference finish,” Razanav said.

The women also had impressive races at UAAs, finishing in fourth place. Senior Breanna Stillo finished second in the 400-yard medley, setting a school record with a time of 3:52.62. During the preliminaries, Stillo broke her personal record in the 50-yard freestyle and qualified for NCAAs. On Friday, Stillo swam to another All-UAA performance with a third-place showing in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time broke her own school record and qualified her for the NCAAs.

The 400-yard medley relay team set a new school record and met last year’s NCAA selection time.

The women proved their relay prowess elsewhere, winning the 200-yard medley relay on Friday, setting a University of Chicago pool record and bettering last year’s NCAA Championship selection time.

Phan’s time of 2:06.31 earned her second place in the 200-yard IM. Phan was a major contributor and swam on several relay teams, all of which qualified her for the NCAA Championship.

First-year Kira Singhaus’ time of 2:05.38 was undefeated in the 200-yard backstroke, ranking her provisionally qualified as well.

“The team did very well at UAAs,” sophomore Wendy Liu said. “We had two conference champions, broke at least five school records, and so many people got best times. Our team has gone through so much together and it is really culminated at UAAs.”