Away Game Briefs

Swimming and Diving

In their final home meet of the season, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Denison University on Saturday. Unfortunately, this was not a happy end to the Tartans’ home season as Denison, ranked 2nd in Division III men’s swimming and diving and 3rd in women’s, outpaced Carnegie Mellon in almost every event and took their foot off the gas as they cruised to a 170–104 win over the women and a 174–95 win over the men.

Each team was able to pick up a lone swimming win, with junior Kira Singahus grabbing the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.87 for the women and sophomore Brian Walsh getting the men’s sole first place finished with a 1:52.50 finish in the 200 yard butterfly. On the diving side, sophomore Machika Kaku put up the top score in the 1 meter diving with a time of 296.10 while the men continued the diving woes that have been plaguing them all season.

The rest of the meet was a severe beating on the Tartans, with the score only looking close once Denison began putting several of their top teams as exhibitions to ensure Carnegie Mellon got some more scoring points.

The Tartans will not have much time to lick their wounds as they face off next weekend against University of Pittsburgh.

Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Denison on Saturday to compete in the Lid–Lifter Invitational. The men won the event with 111.5 team points, over 20 more than the runner-up, and the women placed in second with 89.5 points, only placing behind Division II California University of Pa.

The men dominated the 800-meter run, taking five of the top six spots. Led by winning senior Thomas Vandenberg with a time of 1:54.09, the Tartans swept spots 3–6 with junior Marc–Daniel Julien, sophomore Owen Norley, junior Thomas Mayo–Smith and first-year Evan Larrick finishing with times of 1:58.34, 2:00.74, 2:00.91 and 2:01.77, respectively. Sophomore Curtis Watro continued the streak with a first place win in the mile run with a time of 4:28.14, being beaten only by a Denison Alumni.

The men kept up the distance domination in the distance relay with the team of seniors Eamon Cullinane and Benjamin Walker along with first-years Anirudh Ramakrishnan and Joseph Pickens winning with a time of 10:56.25 and sophomore Brian Bollens placing second in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:04.90.

On the women’s side, they also excelled in the distance runs taking the top three and five of the top six in the 3000 meter run. Senior Sophie Lohman won the event in a time of 11:10.91, with junior Kira Ragazzo and first-year Natalie Smith rounding out the top three with times of 11:12.96 and 11:17.31, respectively. First-years Aparna Alavilli and Rhiannon Farney took fifth and sixth with times of 11:30.95 and 11:39.65 respectively.

The women also took second in the 4x400 meter relay with first-years Jerilyn James and Sarah Cook along with sophomores Emily Swanson and Ariel Tian combining for a time of 4:18.20. In the field events, sophomore Rebecca Fortner had a second-place finish in the high jump clearing the 1.52 meter bar.

The Tartans will next compete Saturday at Case Western Reserve University.