CMU swimming and diving wins pair of weekend meets

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened up their respective seasons on Saturday as they each faced off against Case Western University in a dual-style meet.

The women’s team dominated, ultimately winning 185–115 on the back of 10 event wins. The Tartans started out on the right note when they cruised to an easy victory in the 200-yard medley relay. First–year Anna Wong, first-year Kim Hochstedler, sophomore Gillian Crews, and first-year Tiana Marrese put up a combined time of 1:50.19 and touched the wall more than two seconds before the top Case Western team.The women kept up the pressure with first-year Miranda Ford and sophomore Kimberly Klausing placing 1–2 in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall at times of 10:59.09 and 11:10.49, respectively.

Wong and junior Kira Singhaus matched the feat in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 1:00.97 and 1:02.77.

Hochstedler helped the Tartans build their lead as she took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.17.

The team seemed to grow more dominant as the day progressed, with Marrese and sophomore Allison Kirkby taking 1–2 in the 100-yard free style with times of 55.55 and 56.14, respectively, while first-year Emma Shi, first-year Brinda Malhotra, and sophomore Paige Sieffert pulled off the 1–2–3 sweep in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:12.10, 2:13.46, and 2:14.24, respectively.

Ford and Klausing added the 5th 1–2 finish of the meet for the Tartans in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall at the 5:22.37 and 5:24.59 marks, respectively. For swimming, first-year Mary St. John added the final win of the day in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:44.74.

In the two diving competitions, the Tartans were even more dominant, sweeping 1–2–3 in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Sophomore Machika Kaku, senior Winona Li, and senior Andie Azofeifa led the Tartans to victory in the 1-meter with final scores of 263.65, 217.45, and 201.40 and then switched the order in the 3-meter dive with Li taking first, Kaku second, and Azofeifa in third, this time with scores of 241.51, 237.70, and 205.30.

On the men’s side, Carnegie Mellon was even more successful, winning 187–105 behind 11 event wins.

Matching the women’s style of winning early and often, the men’s team also started off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with senior Josh Lucheon, first-year Matt Chu, sophomore Sivan Mehta, and first-year Kevin Steinhouse combining for the winning time of 1:36.41. First–year Josh Taekman kept the momentum up for the Tartans with his win in the 1,000-yard freestyle victory, clocking in at 9:56.08, more than nine seconds faster than second place.

Carnegie Mellon got its first of many 1–2 finishes in the 200 yard freestyle, with senior Andrew Yee and junior Steven Geier taking the top spots with times of 1:45.50 and 1:45.61, respectively. Mehta bridged the gap between top place sweeps with his win in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.30 seconds before the men swept the top three spots in the 100-yard back stroke with Chu, senior Roy Sung and junior Peter Podniesinski finishing with times of 59.29, 1:00.99, and 1:01.24, respectively.

Sophomore Brian Walsh was the next Tartan winner with his 1:55.03 finish in the 200-yard butterfly before Mehta and Steinhouse took 1–2 in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 47.97 and 48.57. Carnegie Mellon then followed up with another 1–2–3 sweep with junior Jay Jin, Taekman, and first-year Michael Dibacco taking the top spots in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 1:57.72, 1:58.21, and 1:58.40, respectively.

Sung and Podniesinski combined for a 1–2 finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing with times of 2:14.07 and 2:15.92, while Yee took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall at the 4:48.34 mark. Mehta added his fourth win of the day in the 100-yard butterfly as he edged out Case Western with a time of 51.50.

The only major deviation between the men’s and women’s days came on the diving board where juniors Yannos Michailidis and Noah Fatsi looked uncomfortable and well behind the top Case Western competitor.

Both squads will next swim on Saturday when they host Clarion University of Pennsylvania.