Swim prepare for UAAs

The Carnegie Mellon swimming and diving teams will be competing in the 2008 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships Feb. 20–23. The meet is hosted by the University of Rochester at the Webster Aquatic Center in Webster, N.Y. Teams participating include Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, and Washington University in St. Louis. At the 2007 UAA championships, the Carnegie Mellon men’s team finished in third while the women’s team placed fourth. This year both teams are looking to place well again.
Below are some predictions concerning the success of both the men and women’s swimming and diving teams in the coming UAA championship, based on career- and season-long records.
Top contenders on the men’s team include seniors Patrick Snyder and Michael Bailey in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and junior Tom McConnell in the distance freestyle events. Led by sophomore John Johnson, four Carnegie Mellon swimmers have potential to place high in the 200-yard backstroke. Sophomore Jason Huber is seeded top three in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes.
On the women’s team, first-year Molly Evans should be the easy pick for UAA champion in the backstroke events, as well as a top contender in the 200-yard freestyle and distance freestyle events should she swim in them; she would also likely place in the top three in IM events. Senior Lauren Connell has the potential to place in the top three in the sprint freestyle events, and sophomore Sara Andrews could be in the top three in the 100-yard breaststroke. Finally, the 200-yard butterfly should be a good event for the Tartans, with senior Anna Kochalko and first-year Rebecca Ussai vying for top places.
“We are starting to get really excited for UAAs. Everyone has put in so much hard work throughout the season and we are ready for all the hard work to payoff. I can’t wait to see how fast we can swim,” Kochalko said.