Men’s swimming and diving takes 1st, women’s lose 138–158

The Tartans swimming and diving team competed at Grove City last Saturday. The women fell 138–158 while the men were able to pull out a win with a score of 176–124.

The team started out the individual events strong with sophomores Victoria Adams and Jen Sung placing first and second, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle. Senior Jonas Altman-Kurosaki also finished strong in the 1000 freestyle, placing first by over 11 seconds. Teammates first-year Brandon Yee and senior Gates Winkler followed in second and third.

Despite the sweeps, the Tartan men and women were surprisingly trailing going into the first diving break after the 50 freestyle, prompting team meetings. “We were down ... coming into the first break,” senior Sara Andrews said. “When we found that out, we definitely came together as a team by cheering and racing much better and harder.”

Junior Molly Evans had three victories on the day, taking the 200-yard freestyle with a pool-record time of 1:54.32 before winning the 200 backstroke in 2:07.87 and the 400 individual medley in 4:32.62. All three swims were provisional qualifying times for the 2010 NCAA championships. First-year Dorothy Yu also scored points for the Tartans, placing first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.80 and beating out Grove City’s Kate Wilt in the 200-yard breaststroke by just over a second with a time of 2:28.39. Sophomore Hannah Gonzalez tied the Wolverines’ Jenny Ryan in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.94.

Among other great swims for the Tartans were first-year Breanna Stillo placing second in the 100 breaststroke, Gonzalez and junior Rebecca Ussai finishing second and third in the 200 butterfly, respectively, and junior Brianne Burton finishing third in the 50 freestyle. For the men’s swim team, first-year Daniel Glaser-Garbrick had a solid race in the men’s 200 butterfly, placing first with a time of 1:56.69 and also winning the men’s 100 butterfly. Fellow teammate junior Alex Hanson also had a great day, winning the 200-yard backstroke and the 400 IM. Yee finished first in the 500 freestyle after barely touching second in a controversial 100 freestyle.

For the Tartans’ diving, sophomore Olivia DeFazio placed second with 179.25 points in the 3-meter diving, and the men’s team swept the competition, with senior Matt Kuhn placing first, sophomore Eli Fatsi taking second, and sophomore Mike Alexovich rounding out with third.

“We had a rough start to the meet, but we really managed to turn it around in the second half,” senior Jason Huber said. “It was great to see the way the team really rallied around each other and came together to win the meet. I think the performance of Brandon Yee in the 100 free and again in the 500 as well as that of our backstrokers coming up with a really big 1–2–3 finish in the 200 back really helped to get us back on track and jumpstart the team for the second half of the meet.”

The Tartans swim team will next be in action on Friday for their CMU Diving Invitational, and the swim team will be hosting a tri-meet at home on Saturday against Washington and Lee and the University of Rochester at 11 a.m.