Sports Briefs

Women's Swimming and Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women's swimming and diving team competed at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming and Diving Championships from Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 20. The Tartans came in fifth place out of eight teams.

On Wednesday, senior diver Winona Li placed fourth in the one-meter diving event with 389.00 points. On Thursday, sophomore swimmer Mary St. John recorded a career-best time in the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) when she touched 12th overall in 2:07.99. Sophomore swimmer Emma Shi placed 14th with a finals time of 2:09.07 after recording a season-best time of 2:08.91 in the preliminaries. The 200-yard freestyle relay of junior swimmer Shieri Suzuka, sophomore swimmer Tiana Marrese, junior swimmer Gillian Crews, and junior swimmer Allison Kirkby touched the wall in a season-best time of 1:37.23 to place seventh. The 400-yard medley relay closed the evening with a fifth-place showing when senior swimmer Kira Singhaus, sophomore swimmer Kimberly Hochstedler, Crews and Kirkby touched in 3:50.88 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.

On Friday, St. John raced to a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard IM when she touched in 4:29.99. Her time of 4:29.77 in the preliminaries is a career-best and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. Hochstedler finished fifth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.45, also provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Crews swam in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, placing seventh in 57.12. Suzaka won the "B" final of the 100-yard butterfly, touching in 57.19. Singhaus and senior swimmer Paige Sieffert finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in 58.57 and 59.05. Junior swimmer Allison Kirkby was 14th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.59. On the three-meter diving board, Li placed sixth with 401.30 points.

On Saturday, sophomore swimmer Miranda Ford placed 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle, completing the race in 18:01.13. Shi won the "B" final heat of the 200-yard backstroke, placing ninth overall, in a career-best time of 2:05.03. Kirkby placed 15th in 100-yard freestyle in 53.12, reaching the finals with a career-best time of 52.70 in the preliminaries. In the 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Kimberly Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) swam to a fourth-place finish in a season-best time of 2:21.95. St. John earned All-UAA Third Team honors in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing the event in a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:05.49. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Kirkby, Shi, Suzuka, and Singhaus swam a season-best time of 3:33.81 closing the meet with a seventh-place finish.

Men's Swimming and Diving

The Carnegie Mellon men's swimming and diving team took part in the UAA Swimming and Diving Championships between Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 20. The Tartans finished in fifth place out of the eight UAA teams that competed.

On Thursday, the Tartans were in sixth place after the first six events. First-year diver Gabriel Bamforth placed second in the three meter diving board with 516.25 points. First-year swimmer Mitchell Riek finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, touching in a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:32.90. The 200-yard freestyle team of junior swimmer Sivan Mehta, junior swimmer Brian Jay, senior swimmer Joseph Robinson, and first-year swimmer Jack Dangremond placed fifth in a time of 1:24.72. Senior swimmer Matthew Nielsen placed 17th overall in the 200-yard IM in a season-best time of 1:54.35. In the 50-yard freestyle, Dangremond touched 10th overall in a career-best time of 21.10. In the 400-yard medley relay, the team of Mehta, sophomore swimmer Matthew Chu, Riek and Dangremond touched in a season-best time of 3:26.45, finishing in sixth place.

On Friday, the Tartans improved to fifth place after 13 events. First-year swimmer Winston Chu earned All-UAA third-team honors in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time of 56.51 provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Championships. Though Matthew finished fifth in the same event in 56.98, he recorded a new school record of 56.41 in the preliminaries. Nielsen competed in the finals for the 400-yard IM, finishing sixth overall in a season-best time and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:03.72. First-year swimmer Jack Lance also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-yard IM, placing tenth in the race in 4:05.63. Senior swimmer Steve Geier swam to a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle when he touched in a season-best time of 1:42.17. In the 100-yard butterfly, Mehta placed 12th in 50.93 before finishing in 14th place in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.51.

On Saturday, the Tartans maintained their standing in the final events of the championships. Bamforth was crowned a UAA Champion in 1-meter diving. Bamforth tallied 496.50 points in the finals of the 1-meter diving event to become the first Carnegie Mellon male diver to be crowned champion since Matt Kuhn in 2009. Sophomore swimmer Josh Taekman finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:31.69 to place ninth overall with junior swimmer Justin Ferzacca following behind in 11th place in 16:35.88. Lance was 12th in 16:37.40, and first-year swimmer Sean Anderson touched 13th in 16:43.73. Geier placed 14th in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:55.81. Dangremond was 13th in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.50. Jay and Winston finished in seventh and eighth place in the 200-yard breaststroke in times of 2:05.45 and 2:07.59. In the 200-yard butterfly, Riek placed eighth overall in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:53.21. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Dangremond, Geier, Mehta,and Jay closed the meet with a sixth-place finish in a season-best time of 3:06.59. For heading an impressive year for the Tartans, head diving coach Alicia Gorman was named UAA Men's Diving Coach of the Year.

Men's Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon men's track and field team competed at the Buckeye Tune-Up on Friday, Feb. 19, taking on teams from Division I, II, and III.

Junior mid-distance runner Owen Norley ran a 4:16.86 for a fifth place finish in the mile run. Junior mid-distance runner Curtis Watro finished behind him in sixth place with a time of 4:22.54. Senior mid-distance runner Marc-Daniel Julien placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.71. First-year sprinter Kyle Lee ran the 400-meter dash in 52.56 to place ninth. Senior sprinter Jeff Chen earned ninth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.65, while Lee ran a 23.82 for 11th place. Graduate distance runner Josh Antonson grabbed ninth place in the 3,000-meter run, punching the clock at 8:37.03 for a new career-record. His previous was 8:51.18 set at the Battle for the Obelisk on January 30.

Sophomore thrower Jacob Schofel earned 13th place and a career-high when he threw the shot put 12.10 meters. Schofel also threw a career-high in the weight throw with a distance of 15.27 meters. Junior jumper and sprinter Matthew Seifu leapt 6.11 meters for an eighth place finish in the long jump.

The Tartans will compete next at the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 27-28 at New York University.

Women's Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon women's track and field team competed at the Ohio State University Tune-Up on Friday, Feb. 19 against teams from Division I, Division II and Division III.

Senior mid-distance runner Taylor Maggiacomo placed 12th in the mile run, finishing in a career-best 5:22.99 with senior mid-distance runner Liz Snyder also running a career-best, placing 15th in 5:25.06. Junior hurdler and jumper Sommer Farber finished the 60-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 9.93 seconds and the 60-meter dash in a career-best time of 8.88 seconds. Senior distance runner Kira Ragazzo ran the 3,000-meter run in 10:36.98 to place 11th while junior mid-distance runner Shaheen Essabhoy finished 15th overall in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:28.05.

Sophomore thrower Kiersten Chuc threw the weight throw 12.19 meters to place 21st and the shot put 8.09 meters to place 25th. First-year sprinter and jumper Debarati Bhanja recorded a season-best mark of 4.85 meters in the long jump. Junior hurdler and jumper Rebecca Fortner cleared 1.58 meters in the high jump, with first-year jumper Tessa Allen behind her at 1.53 meters.

The Tartans now look ahead to the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 27-28 at New York University.