Men's, women's swimming and diving earn All-America honors at NCAA Championships
Men’s Swimming and Diving
This past week, members of the Carnegie Mellon men’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2023 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
The competition opened on Wednesday, March 15. First, senior Aleksander Tarczynski reached the finals of the 200-yard IM after placing 14th in the preliminaries. In the finals, he placed 15th with a time of 1:49.80, earning himself an All-America Honorable Mention. In the 200-yard medley relay, a team consisting of first-years Arnav Deshpande and Max Kulbida, senior Erik Feldmann, and Tarczynski qualified ninth during the preliminaries. They went on to place 11th in the finals with a school-record time of 1:29.16.
On the second day, Thursday, March 16, a number of Tartans had top 16 finishes. IN the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Feldmann, Deshpande, senior Matthew Nagler, and first-year DJ Lloyd earned eighth place with an overall time of 1:21.24. In the 400-yard medley relay, the team of Deshpande, Feldmann, Tarczynski, and Kulbida won the consolation final, placing ninth with a time of 3:15.80, also breaking the school record. Graduate students James Kyle and Jud Kyle also earned top eight finishes in the one-meter diving board. Both advanced to the finals, where Jud finished third with a point total of 497.20 while James finished sixth with a point total of 476.00. Both earned All-America finishes on the one-meter board for the first time.
On day three, Friday, March 17, some more Tartans earned All-American finishes or honorable mention. In the 200-yard butterfly, Tarczyski finished sixth in both the preliminaries and the final, with his final time being 1:47.89, which also earned him an All-American finish. The team of Feldmann, Deshpande, Tarczynski, and Nagler were able to secure 15th place in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:43.26.
On the last day of competition, Saturday, March 18, the team closed with two more All-America honors. On the three-meter board, James Kyle finished fifth place, earning himself his second All-American honor. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Nagler, Feldmann, Deshpande, and Tarczynski qualified and placed sixth in the finals with a time of 2:59.69, also earning them All-America honors.
With these results, the team finished 11th overall with 100 points, the program’s highest finish since 2005. This also marks the end of the season for the team.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The Carnegie Mellon women’s swimming and diving team headed to the 2023 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this past week.
The competition for the team opened on Wednesday, March 15. On the three-meter board, junior Kelli Kuramoto and senior Emilia Schwallie advanced to the finals. There, Kuramoto earned fifth with 421.20 points while Schwallie earned seventh with 409.10 points, both earning All-America honors. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of senior Tiffany Tseng, first-year Audrey Lambert, first-year Grace Malinger, and first-year Eliana Szabo qualified for the finals in 16th with a school record of 1:44.98. The team, with senior Mathea Myhrvold replacing Szabo, earned 16th in the finals with a time of 1:45.51.
On the second day, the 400-yard medley relay team earned points for the Tartans. The team, composed of Tseng, Lambert, Szabo, and first-year Savannah Xu, finished fifth in the consolation finals with a time of 3:48.04, earning them 13th place overall.
The next day, Friday, March 17, Kuramoto returned to the pool, this time for the one-meter board. She placed sixth in the finals with a total of 412.70 points. Tseng missed out on the 100-yard backstroke finals after falling .13 short of 16th place with a time of 56.27.
The final day saw a few more Tartan honors. In the 200-yard backstroke, Xu headed to the finals with a time of 2:00.48 in preliminaries; in the finals, she earned sixth place with a time of 2:00.78. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Tseng, Szabo, Malinger, and Myhrvold went to the finals with a time of 3:28.99. In the finals, Xu replaced Myhrvold and the team finished 14th with a time of 3:28.69.
The women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the event in 15th place with 68 points, tying the highest-ever finish and most points recorded at the championship meet. This was also the last meet of the season for the team.