Swim team competes fiercely at Pitt

First-year Peter Podniesinski competes in one of his signature breastroke events.  (credit: Jonathan Leung/Assistant Photo Editor) First-year Peter Podniesinski competes in one of his signature breastroke events. (credit: Jonathan Leung/Assistant Photo Editor)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming teams competed at the University of Pittsburgh last Saturday against Pitt, Clarion University, and Grove City College to finish off their regular season. The women’s team also competed against California University of Pennsylvania.

They defeated Clarion 152–143, Cal U 235–48, and Grove City 194–93. For the men, the Tartans’ best finish of the day went to sophomore Andrew Yee, who won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:55.74, his season-best time. First-year Adam Pinson also had a season-best time at the competition of 1:54.62 in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second in the event.

Sophomore Michael Kellman gave the Tartans another second-place finish with a time of 1:58.67 in the 200-yard backstroke. Two Carnegie Mellon athletes finished back to back in the 200-yard breaststroke; first-year Peter Podniesinski finished second with a time of 2:11.20, out-touching sophomore Roy Sung.

Junior Terrence Wong’s time of 52.16 in the 100-yard butterfly gave the Tartans another second-place finish, followed by sophomore David Campbell’s time of 1:58.22 in the 200-yard individual medley.

In the 500-yard freestyle, first-year Matthew Nielsen finished third with a time of 4:48.20. Sophomore Christopher Ball competed on the three-meter diving board and tallied 54.41 points and tallied 109.95 points on the one-meter board. First-year teammate Ioannis Michailidis tallied 98.75 points on the three-meter board and earned 113.41 points on the one-meter board.

For the women, in the 200-yard butterfly, junior Megan Garvey finished second for the Tartans with a time of 2:12.35, and junior Vivian Wong competed in the 200-yard breaststroke and finished with a season-best time of 2:29.01.

First-year Kira Singhaus’ time of 1:00.95 placed her third in the 100-yard backstroke; she also earned third place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:13.59. Sophomore teammate Kristin Dlesk finished with a 1:01.63, placing fourth.

Junior Soleil Phan placed third in the 100-yard butterfly with a 59.84 time and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:57.23 time. Finally, in the diving event, first-year Winona Li represented the Tartans in two events where she recorded 175.95 points on the one-meter board.

Overall, the meet was a success for the Tartans, who will head to the UAA Championships in less than two weeks.“I felt that overall it was a very good championship meet for those who finished their season in Pitt and a very promising indicator of how the UAA team will perform in Chicago,” said first-year business major Felicia Ruiyi.

The next event for the men’s and women’s teams is the UAA Championships in Chicago from Feb. 13–16.