Swimming and diving coast to a victory against Grove City

First-year Joey Robinson placed third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:25.49. (credit: Jonathan Leung/) First-year Joey Robinson placed third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:25.49. (credit: Jonathan Leung/)

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted their second home dual meet of the season.

This week, they faced a non-conference rival, Grove City College, which competes in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

Both Tartan teams were victorious, with the men winning 191–97 and the women winning 178–119.

The men’s swimming and diving team added another victory to its so far undefeated season, winning this one by a large margin. The Tartan powerhouse was led by sophomores Anton Razanav and Cole Um, as well as junior Edward Sears, as they each placed first in two events of their respective specialty stroke.

The Tartans also saw strong, first-place freestyle finishes from first-years Steven Geier in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Martin Smith in the 500-yard freestyle, and Christopher Wysocki in the 100-yard freestyle.

Razanav won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes with times of 53.78 and 1:57.44, respectively. Um was the first to finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:00.32, and in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:11.57. Sears finished the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle with season bests of 21.79 and 48.07, respectively.

After a loss against Clarion University, the women’s swimming and diving bounced back by defeating Grove City.

“Now that we’re getting into the swing of our dual meet season, we keep getting better and better and I think that wide range of talents and specialties on our team is one of our greatest strengths,” first-year Corrine Bacigal said.

Standout junior Soliel Phan won three events in this weekend’s meet. Phan placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.59, and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.05. Phan proved her all-around strength by placing first in the 200-yard relay medley with a time of 2:12.40.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will jump back into competition hosting their annual quad meet.

The diving team will compete Friday at 6 p.m., while the swim team will compete Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

The Tartans will face Washington & Lee University, Allegheny College, and the University of Rochester at the annual quad meet.