Sports Briefs

Ian Tanaya Feb 12, 2017

Women's Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s swimming and diving team finished competition at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the University of Chicago. Two more school records were set as the Tartans surged forward on the last day to move into fourth place with Emory University winning the team title.

Junior Kim Hochstedler continued her great weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. She finished the finals with a time of 2:21.65 but was even better in the preliminaries when she touched in a school record and career-best time of 2:20.51. Her time also surpassed last year’s invited time to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Cassidy Smith joined Hochstedler in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke and finished fifth overall in a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:22.26.

First-year Emma Nicklas-Morris set her second school record of the meet when she touched in 2:04.25 to place fourth in the 200-yard butterfly.

Her time also surpassed last year’s NCAA invited time while junior Mary St. John was sixth in the event in a provisional qualifying time of 2:05.49.

Junior Emma Shi made the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke and finished sixth overall in 2:05.40. She recorded a career-best time of 2:04.85 in the preliminaries to reach the championship final. Three teammates swam in the B-final of the 200-yard backstroke with first-year Teagan Goforth touching 10th overall in 2:04.51, first-year Mary Day 12th in 2:05.49, and sophomore Allie Caron 13th in 2:07.14. Goforth’s time was a provisional qualifying mark.

First-year Taylor Brown placed 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle when she finished the distance event in 17:47.31. Junior Miranda Ford finished 15th in 18:06.95.

The 400-yard freestyle relay closed competition with a fifth-place showing as senior Shieri Suzuka, Nicklas-Morris, Shi and senior Allison Kirkby touched in 3:30.65.

The Tartans will next swim at Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s swimming and diving team finished competition at the UAA Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the University of Chicago. An eight-year-old school record was topped as the Tartans finished fifth for the meet while Emory University took home the team title.

Senior Brian Jay touched seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in a new school record time of 2:03.86. The time beat the record set by Andrew Seo in 2009 and also provisionally qualifies Jay for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Winston Chu finished second in the B-final in a career-best and provisional qualifying time of 2:04.23.

Sophomore Mitchel Riek swam to an All-UAA performance when he touched third in the 200-yard butterfly. His time of 1:49.95 surpassed last season’s NCAA Championships invited time. First-year Rip Lyster picked up a provisional qualifying time in the same event when he touched sixth in 1:50.92.

First-year Jacob Buckheit started the final evening with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. His time of 16:00.87 was a provisional qualifying mark and nearly seven seconds better than his previous best.

The first-year duo of Sam Hawke and Richard Deng led the Tartans in the 100-yard freestyle by finishing 12th and 13th in times of 46.49 and 46.60, respectively.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hawke, Deng, senior Sivan Mehta, and Riek finished the meet with a fifth-place showing in 3:05.34.
In all, the Tartans set four school records during the UAA Championships with three coming in relays.

The Tartans will next take to the pool against Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Women’s Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s tennis team, ranked 12th in Division III, remained undefeated with a 6-1 win over visiting Division I opponent Saint Francis University on Saturday, Feb. 11. The match was played at The Club Sport and Life, as the Tartans are now 5-0 while the Red Flash fall to 1-4.

With Division I scoring in place, one-point is awarded for doubles play.

The Tartans started the match taking third doubles by a default win. Carnegie Mellon sealed the team point following a 6-4 win at second doubles by the first-year tandem of Vinaya Rao and Courtney Ollis.

Carnegie Mellon took a 2-0 lead as singles play began with another default win at six singles.

Senior Nicholle Torres then won a straight set match at first singles by the scores of 6-2, 6-4 to give the Tartans the 3-0 advantage.

After the Red Flash took a point a fourth singles, the Cardinal and Gray won at third, second and fifth singles, respectively. Sophomore Jamie Vizelman sealed the victory with a straight set win in the fourth spot by the identical score of 7-5 in both sets.

Junior Cori Sidell pulled out a three set win at second singles, winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 while Ollis won 6-2, 75 in the number five spot.

Carnegie Mellon will host Duquesne University on Sunday, Feb. 12. The match will be held at Alpha Tennis in Harmarville, Pennsylvania at 4:00 p.m.

Men’s Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team, ranked seventh in Division III, topped Division II Walsh University, 8-1, before falling to Division I Saint Francis University, 5-2, on Saturday, Feb. 11. Both matches were played at The Club Sport and Life in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The Tartans are now 4-3 on the season while the Cavaliers dropped just their second match of the year and are now 6-2. The Red Flash advanced to 4-2.

In the morning match, the Tartans swept doubles play with sophomore Daniel Levine and first-year Mark Prettyman earning the first point at first doubles with an 8-5 win. Sophomore Chaz Downing and first-year Nicholas Calzolano then won 8-1 at third doubles before senior Kenny Zheng and junior Jeffrey Chen earned the third win at second doubles, 9-7.

In singles play, senior Kunal Wadwani finished first in the fifth position with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Downing then clinched the team win at second singles with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The afternoon match against Saint Francis was played by Division I rules and scoring to six. The Red Flash picked up the doubles points with wins at first and third doubles. The Tartans’ tandem of Zheng and Chen won at second doubles in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5).

The Red Flash won the first three singles matches that went to decision to clinch the match victory. Picking up wins for the Tartans was Downing at second singles, 6-3, 6-2, and Zheng at third singles, 6-2, 6-3.

The Tartans will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 on the road against Division I Youngstown State University at 3:00 p.m.

Men’s Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s track and field team competed at the Tiffin University Dragon Invitational on Saturday, February 11. The Tartans swept the top four spots in the 3,000-meter run while also claiming the top spot in the mile run.

Senior Curtis Watro crossed first in the 3,000-meter run with a season-best time of 8:50.24. Sophomore Jared Moore finished less than a second behind Watro with a career-best time of 8:50.92. Crossing third with a season-best time was junior Ryan Auld in 8:52.81 followed by sophomore William Mitchell with a time of 8:59.76.

Senior Owen Norley turned in the Tartans win in the mile when he crossed with a season-best time of 4:20.98. Sophomore Andrew Harter finished fourth in the mile with a time of 4:25.33.

Sophomore Isaac Mills placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.03 and first-year Evan Yukevich ran the 800-meter run in 1:59.93 to place seventh.

The 4x400-meter relay of senior Don Boyer, first-year Liam Walsh, Mills and Norley placed second with a time of 3:32.13.

Junior Jacob Schofel tossed the weight throw a career-best distance of 16.91 meters to place sixth. First-year Fred Dauphin placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 12.78 meters.

In the high jump, Boyer and junior Cameron Smith both cleared the bar at 1.85 meters to tie for seventh place. The height was an indoor career-best mark for both. Junior Tommy Mansfield turned in a career-best mark in the pole vault, as he placed seventh after clearing the bar at 1.85 meters.

The Tartans will compete again on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Ohio State University Indoor Tune-Up Meet.

Women’s Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s track and field team competed at the Tiffin University Dragon Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11.

First-year Rachel Reolfi led a trio of top ten finishers in the mile run with a second-place finish. The first-year crossed with a season-best time of 5:25.14. Sophomore Rose Ciriello finished fourth with a time of 5:26.58 and first-year Abigail Levine placed sixth with a time of 5:34.74.

First-year Emmalyn Lindsey ran a season-best time in the 3,000-meter run in 11:32.03 and took 15th. First-year Vayda Farino also turned in a season-best time, as she crossed with a time of 2:33.94 in the 800-meter run.

In the pole vault, senior Grace Yee placed third after clearing the bar at 3.50 meters while first-year Michelle Karabin cleared it at 3.35 meters to place sixth.

The triple jump saw sophomore Tessa Allen mark with a season-best jump of 9.93 meters to place sixth. Allen also placed ninth in the long jump with a mark of 1.50 meters. Sophomore Autumn Hair leapt 9.92 meters in the triple jump to place seventh. Senior Sommer Farber took 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 9.77 meters.

First-year Julianne Igbokwe tossed the shot put 11.16 meters to finish 11th while Kiersten Chuc placed 17th in the weight throw with a mark of 12.71 meters.

The Tartans will compete again on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Ohio State University Indoor Tune-Up Meet.