Swimming and diving at UAA

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, last Wednesday and stayed through Saturday for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship meet. The men’s team took fifth place in the conference, while the women came in third overall.

Swimming in his first season for the Tartans, first-year Anton Razanav had a strong performance. Razanav won the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday; his time of 1:51.53 was not only a season best, but an NCAA qualifying time.

“This season, as a rookie, I want to make a good name for myself in Division III swimming as well as in the UAA. If my times allow me passage to nationals in March, then the only thing I can hope for is to improve even further. But I am focusing on one thing at a time in order to maintain a clear view of my goals,” Razanav said.

The Tartans’ next-best finish came from junior Daniel Glaser-Garbrick finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly with a provisional time of 1:51.42. Following Glaser-Garbrick, junior Brandon Yee also placed in the same race, coming in fourth place at 1:53.00.

With a personal goal to make it to the NCAA meet this year, sophomore Austin Bohn came out strong at the UAA meet, winning the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.20.

At the deeper end of the pool, senior divers Eli Fatsi and Mike Alexovich finished sixth and seventh on the one-meter board with 437.70 and 400.40 points, respectively.

For the women’s swimming team, first-year Debra Lin won the consolation final of the 200-yard backstroke at 2:06.99, a season best for her. First-year Kelley Sheehan also placed in the same event, finishing in third place with 2:08.40.

Sophomore Soleil Phan, who has been swimming since she was seven, swam in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle and finished sixth with a time of 52.78.

Junior Breanna Stillo followed closely behind, coming in seventh with 53.23 in the same race. Speaking about her experiences and goals, she said, “It was an awesome experience being part of the first women’s relay to go to Nationals last year, so it would be great to send an even bigger group of people there this year.”

Junior Price Kinney finished in fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.59, a season-best time for her. Sophomore Tatiana Duchak made the finals with a preliminary time of 2:28.50, but was disqualified during the final run.

At her last UAA meet, senior Hannah Gonzalez swam in the consolation finals for the 200-yard butterfly, finishing strong in third place with a time of 2:10.87.

The men and women who made an NCAA provisional mark this season are waiting to hear if they made the draw for the National championship meet that will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., in March.