Women's Swimming & Diving
The Carnegie Mellon University women’s swimming and diving team competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships this past week and finished third with 1,213.5 points, three points ahead of the University of Chicago, while Emory University won the meet with 2,049 points.
On Wednesday night, first-year Maddie Mianzo achieved a score surpassing the NCAA Diving Regional qualifying mark when she earned 404.05 points on the one-meter board, placing seventh.
On Thursday the 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Cassidy Smith, first-year Emma Graham, sophomore Mary Day, and sophomore Victoria Feng began the finals session with a school-record performance, touching the final wall in 1:36.12 to take fourth in the event.
The Tartans earned the team’s second school record when the 400-yard medley relay team of Day, senior Kim Hochstedler, senior Mary St. John, and sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris finished the race in 3:48.34.
Sophomore Taylor Brown set a career-best mark of 5:07.59 while placing 20th overall in the 500-yard freestyle. First-year Megan Christy was just behind her in a career-best time of 5:08.48.
St. John competed in the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) and finished sixth overall in 2:06.59. Senior Emma Shi led five Tartans in the second final of the event, finishing ninth overall in 2:05.58. Her time was her career best and the top time of the season for the team.
Smith picked up a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 24.00. First-year Sophy Peng and Day also competed in the second final of the event, finishing 15th and 16th in 24.75 and 24.79, respectively.
On Friday, the 200-yard medley relay team broke the school record when the quad Day, Hochstedler, first-year Jessica Li, and Smith finished the race in 1:45.43 to place fifth.
Nicklas-Morris earned All-UAA third team in the 400-yard IM after touching third in 4:26.01. St. John finished the same heat seventh overall in 4:27.66.
Li led the Tartans in the 100-yard butterfly when she won the second heat to place ninth overall in a time of 56.55.
Shi continued to have a great final UAA meet after a career-best in the 200-yard IM Thursday with a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 1:53.64.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Hochstedler and Smith both finished the finals with career-best times as Hochstedler’s time of 1:03.51 broke Smith’s school record and placed her second. Smith finished Friday’s event fourth overall in 1:03.70.
Day also set a new career-best time Friday and set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke when she finished fifth in 56.21.
The 800-yard freestyle relay of first-year Graham, Nicklas-Morris, Christy, and Shi closed the meet with a fourth-place finish in 7:40.22.
Mianzo and first-year Lillie Widmayer both earned placement to the NCAA Diving Regional after recording career-best scores of 425.20 and 420.20 in 3-meter diving. Mianzo took sixth place while Widmayer placed seventh.
On Saturday, the final day of competition, Hochstedler swam to the UAA Championship in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:18.58. With the victory, Hochstedler became the first Tartan individual to win a UAA Championship since Breanna Stillo won the 100-yard breaststroke in 2012. Also swimming in the championship final of the 200-yard breaststroke was Smith who finished fifth in 2:20.94.
Li earned All-UAA status with a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 2:03.69 set a new school record while Nicklas-Morris recorded a career-best time in the event when she placed fifth in 2:03.97. St. John also swam a career-best time in the 200-yard butterfly when she touched sixth in 2:04.20.
The Tartans were deep in the 200-yard butterfly as three others earned points by finishing 17th, 21st, and 22nd.
Brown led the Tartans in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 17:26.91 to place seventh. First-year Stefanie McMillan was 11th overall in 17:57.07 while senior Miranda Ford touched 13th in 18:09.85.
Two Tartans swam in the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke with first-year Jessica Chau touching fourth in 2:03.00 and Day touching eighth in 2:05.91.
Carnegie Mellon closed the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay and earned the program’s fourth relay school record of the meet when Smith, Graham, Christy, and sophomore Anna Riegger touched in 3:29.41.
The Tartans will next compete at the Kenyon College Last Chance Meet on Saturday, Feb. 24 before bids for the NCAA Championships are released.
Men's Swimming & Diving
The Carnegie Mellon University men’s swimming and diving team finished fifth with 902.5 points at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by Emory University from Feb. 14 to 17.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of first-years Justin Britton and Max Gonzalez and sophomores Richard Deng, and Sam Hawke set a new school-record time of 1:23.23 and finished fifth overall in the event.
In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Daniel Li placed 13th after touching in 4:40.55.
Sophomore Rip Lyster led three Tartans in the second final of the 200-yard IM when he finished third in the heat and 11th overall in 1:52.93. Gonzalez was just behind him in 1:53.04 with junior Jack Lance touching 13th in 1:53.41.
Deng led the team in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 13th overall in 21.26 while junior diver Gabe Bamforth placed second on the 3-meter board with a score of 544.30. Also making the top eight on the 3-meter board was senior DeShawn Green who scored a career-best 412.30 to place eighth.
The second and final school record of the night came in the 400-yard medley relay after Britton, junior Winston Chu, Gonzalez, and Hawke finished fifth in 3:21.42.
On Friday, Lyster finished sixth overall in the 400-yard IM after touching the wall in 4:01.50 during finals. Sophomore Connor Clayton won the second heat of the 400-yard IM when he finished the race in a career-best time of 4:03.09.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Gonzalez finished 11th overall in 1:40.84 while Hawke was 14th in 1:42.92.
Senior Matthew Chu and Winston Chu made the championship final of the 100-yard breaststroke with Winston finishing sixth in 56.20 and Matthew seventh in 56.42.
The Tartans were led by Britton in the 100-yard backstroke when he touched seventh in a time of 50.78.
On Saturday, Bamforth picked up his second second-place finish when he scored a career-best and school record tally of 565.85 points on the 1-meter diving board. Green also recorded a career-best score and earned placement at the NCAA Regional Diving Championship with 440.70 points and an eighth-place finish.
First-year Andrew Joyner swam the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:04.97 to finish fifth for the Tartans. In the sprint freestyle, Hawke led the Tartans with a 15th-place finish in 46.83 while first-year James Kirkby finished the 100-yard sprint at the same time.
Winston Chu was the top finisher for the Tartans in the 200-yard breaststroke when he touched 11th in 2:04.97.
The 200-yard butterfly witnessed Lyster and sophomore Alessandro Rastelli finish 12-13 with times of 1:53.22 and 1:53.70.
The 400-yard freestyle relay of Britton, Gonzalez, Deng, and Hawke finished the meet off with a fifth-place finish in a time of 3:02.92.
The Tartans will next compete at the Kenyon College Last Chance Meet on Saturday, February 24 before bids for the NCAA Championships are released.
The Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team traveled to play Division I Youngstown State University, defeating the Penguins, 4-3, at the Boardman Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 16. The Tartans are now 5-1 overall while the Penguins drop to 2-6.
The Tartans fell behind after doubles action, 1-0, but the third doubles pair of junior Chaz Downing and sophomore Nicholas Calzolano won 7-5.
Youngstown took a 3-0 lead with wins at third and sixth singles before junior Daniel Levine put the Tartans on the board with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) at first singles.
Sophomore Robert Levin was next to finish when he won 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles. First-year Kailas Shekar then came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at fourth singles to tie the match at three all with Downing in the middle of a third set at second singles.
Downing finished that singles match with a 6-1 third-set win to give the Tartans the fourth and final point of the match. Downing’s final score was 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The Tartans will return to action against Division III opponents on Friday, Feb. 23, when they play the University of Chicago in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in St. Peter, MN.