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A Carnegie Mellon swimmer slices his way through the water at the Kenyon College Invitational this weekend. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) A Carnegie Mellon swimmer slices his way through the water at the Kenyon College Invitational this weekend. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

Women’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women's swimming and diving team finished the Kenyon College Total Performance Sports Camp Invitational on Saturday with first-year Emma Nicklas-Morris setting two new school records and senior Machika Kaku setting the record on the 3-meter diving board.

The Tartans finished fourth with 1,081.5 points and ahead of Division I Davidson College and Division III DePauw University. The University of Pennsylvania won the meet with 2,665 points.

Kaku dove to a career-best score of 492.70 on the 3-meter board to win the event and top the previous school record (473.55) set by Julie Pavia in 2006.

Nicklas-Morris's first school record of the day came in the preliminaries of the 200-yard breaststroke when she touched in 2:21.54 to also record a NCAA provisional mark. In the finals, she touched ninth in 2:22.17. Junior Kim Hochstedler was 10th in 2:24.08.

The second school record of the day for Nicklas-Morris was in the 200-yard IM. She had the top time of the preliminaries when she touched in a provisional qualifying time of 2:04.55 to break the record set by Molly Evans in 2011. She finished second overall in the finals with a time of 2:05.45.

First-year Teagan Goforth earned a place in the A-Final of the 200-yard backstroke and finished sixth overall with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:04.17. Junior Emma Shi won the B-Final by touching the wall in 2:05.28.

First-year Taylor Brown reached the evening finals of the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:14.41 during the preliminaries and surpassed the time in the finals to place 23rd in 5:10.88. Junior Miranda Ford also made the finals and finished 25th in 5:19.70. Her morning swim of 5:16.38 was a season best.

The 100-yard butterfly was led by senior Gillian Crews, who won the B-Final with a time of 57.24. Junior Mary St. John finished sixth in the same heat in 57.81 while senior Shieri Suzuka was eighth in 57.95.

Senior Allison Kirkby had the best swim of the day for the Tartans in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday night when she touched 22nd overall in a season-best 52.99.

The last event of the meet was the 400-yard freestyle relay which the Tartan quartet of Nicklas-Morris, Shi, first-year Victoria Feng, and Kirkby finished in 3:33.10 to place eighth.

The Tartans will return to competition on Jan. 14 at home against Westminster College and SUNY Geneseo.

*Men’s Swimming & Diving *

The Carnegie Mellon men's swimming and diving team finished the Kenyon College Total Performance Sports Camp Invitational on Saturday. The Tartans finished fourth overall with 1,022 points and ahead of Division I Davidson College and Division III DePauw University. The University of Pennsylvania took the title with 2,572 points.

Sophomore Mitchell Riek cleared a provisional qualifying time in the 500-yard freestyle when he touched in a season-best 4:31.13 to place 12th overall. First-year Daniel won the C-Final of the same event to place 21st in a season-best time of 4:38.58.

Sophomore Gabe Bamforth topped his school record score achieved yesterday in the preliminaries of the 1-meter diving event with a score of 531.35 in the finals Saturday to win the event.

Three Tartans swam in the B-Final of the 200-yard backstroke with junior Michael DiBacco leading the way in 13th place in 1:54.84. First-year Ben Baxter and Richard Deng were just behind him in 14th and 15th place, respectively, with times of 1:54.89 and 1:55.10.

Senior Sivan Mehta turned in a 50.22 performance in the 100-yard butterfly to finish 12th while first-year Ryan Fitzpatrick was 17th in 51.56 and first-year Preston Vander Vos was 18th in 51.63.

First-year Rip Lyster recorded a season-best time of 2:05.72 in the 200-yard breaststroke when he touched 12th and just ahead of senior Brian Jay who was 13th in 2:06.05.

One event later, Lyster returned to the pool in the 200-yard IM and turned in a 13th-place finish with a time of 1:53.62. His time of 1:52.76 in the preliminaries is a team best for the year.

The Tartans placed sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay to finish the meet. First-year Sam Hawke, Deng, Mehta, and Riek touched in 3:04.48 and were 38-tenths of a second off from a provisional qualifying time.

The team will next take on Westminster College and SUNY Geneseo on Jan. 14.

Men’s Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon men's basketball team traveled to Allegheny College for a matchup with the Gators on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Tartans improved to 4–2 with a 71–58 victory which dropped the Gators to 3–3.

The Tartans were led by senior Jack Serbin's 22 points and 14 rebounds while junior center Chris Shkil also recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Ryan Maha finished with 13 points and hit two critical three pointers in the second half, as he finished with three made shots from behind the arc.

The Tartans held a 39–33 halftime advantage after closing the period with a 6–0 run. Shkil accounted for all six points with four free throws and a layup.

The lead was extended to 10 points, 49–39, with 11:50 to play following two free throws made by sophomore forward and guard Seth Henry. The Gators poured on a 12–0 run over the next 2:48 to take their first lead since 2:51 to play in the first half.

After a three-pointer gave the Gators a 54–53 lead with 5:36 to play, Maha drained a three of his own on the next play to return the lead back to the Tartans. That three-pointer by Maha sparked a 10–0 run that grew to 16–2 with less than two minutes to play, putting the game out of reach for a rally by the Gators.

The Tartans shot 43.4 percent from the floor while holding Allegheny to 31.3 percent, and overcame 20 turnovers that led the 18 points for the Gators.
The Tartans will next travel to Juniata College on Monday, Dec. 5.