Tartan swimmers compete in Senior Rec meet at Pitt

The Carnegie Mellon swimmers stayed local this weekend as they visited the University of Pittsburgh to compete against a range of teams in Pitt’s annual Senior Recognition meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams competed against the University of Pittsburgh and Clarion University, with Slippery Rock and California University of Pennsylvania competing in the women’s division as well.

Sophomore Colleen Grogan swam and placed in two events. In the 100-yard freestyle, Grogan recorded a personal best time of 57.26, and in the 200-yard freestyle, she posted another personal best of 2:03.20.

Sophomore Molly Evans was strong for the Tartans, finishing second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:06.92.

Three Tartans placed in the 100-yard backstroke, with Evans taking third with a time of 59.35, followed by teammates first-year Allyson Koyen and junior Christine Anderson, who finished eighth and 10th, respectively. Koyen also competed and placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a best time of 1:02.12, while Anderson took seventh in the 200-yard backstroke with a best time of 2:21.96.

Grogan commented on the outcome of the meet: “The meet went really well and we competed really well. The majority of us ran really fast times, which was really great.” The Tartans had no trouble being a Division III team competing against teams from Division I and II.

“We’re not intimidated by Division I,” Grogan said. “The teams there were fast; however, we’re used to swimming against pretty fast teams. We usually swim against [Division I] teams and it’s good. We swim against them because it makes a better race for us.”

On the men’s side, first-years Ryan Pearl and Alex Ziev both claimed second-place finishes, the highest any Tartan would place at the event. Pearl competed in the 50-yard freestyle with a best time of 21.34, and Ziev finished the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:13.40.

Senior Stephen Vu, junior Andrew Weitz and sophomore Josh Plotnik all posted fourth-place finishes. Vu swam the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.66, and Weitz finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.26. Plotnik completed the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.51 and also placed fifth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:04.40.

Weitz also time-trialed the 400-yard IM with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:07.49.

First-years Michael Rong and Aaron Snook finished third and fourth in the 1000-yard freestyles with times of 10:20.94 and 10:21.85, respectively.
The Tartans will head to the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship meet later this week, held at the University of Chicago with a competition Feb. 12–14.