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Second-year swimmer excited for new season

Second-year swimmer excited for new season

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

Kate Ptashnik is a second-year distance free swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University swim team. With the season still young, she looks to improve on a stellar first year that featured an 18:21.88 in the 1,650 free. Swimming provides Ptashnik with countless memories, including getting punched in the f...

Spartan swimmers break two relay records

Claire Nordt, Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

Over the weekend, a portion of the Spartan swim team traveled to the University of Chicago to compete at the Midwest Invitational. The women finished third after totaling 435.5 points, and the men earned 195 points to claim sixth. The Spartan women broke two school records at the meet, both in relay even...

Fourth-year swimmer finishes season with a bang

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2019

Renee Decker is a fourth-year student and a freestyle/backstroke swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University women’s swim team. Recently, at the University Athletic Association Championships, her relay team achieved a school record and NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:35.37 in the 200-yard freestyle ...

First-year swimmer remembers the “sweet” moments

First-year swimmer remembers the “sweet” moments

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019

Daniella Rupert is a first-year student and freestyle swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University’s women’s swim team. In just her first year swimming at the collegiate level, she has already earned multiple first place titles at meets, including against Baldwin Wallace. When out of the pool, Rup...

Spartan swimmers head to conference championship

Riley Simko, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019

The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams are headed to Chicago to compete in the 2019 University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming and Diving Championships. This year’s championships are hosted by the University of Chicago, one of the university’s top athletic rivals. The cha...

Spartan swim and dive teams experience victories against Notre Dame College

Spartan swim and dive teams experience victories against Notre Dame College

Claire Nordt, Sports Editor

February 8, 2019

The Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to the pools last weekend to compete against Notre Dame College. Both teams were able to claim a victory with the men winning with a score of 144-63 and the women with a score of 145-58. Together, the teams ...

Second-year swimmer fights the pain to succeed

Second-year swimmer fights the pain to succeed

Niko Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019

Dakota Weinman is a second-year student and swimmer on the Case Western Reserve University men’s swimming and diving team. He found his passion for swimming through an incredibly driven coach he has known for 12 years. Outside of the pool, Weinman is pursuing a degree in mechanical and aerospace engine...

Spartans bounce back at Ohio Northern

Riley Simko, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019

The Case Western Reserve University Swimming and Diving teams took first at Ohio Northern University (ONU) on Saturday, Jan. 26. The men’s team defeated ONU 179-119, bringing their season record to 6-2. The women’s team beat both ONU and the NCAA Division II team from Hillsdale College with scores 243-5...

Athletic awards and recognition

Claire Nordt, Sports Editor

February 1, 2019

CWRU women’s indoor track and field rank in top 25 for first time On Jan. 10, it was announced that the women’s indoor track and field team was ranked 25th in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Computer Rankings. This is the first time the t...

Spartan swimming sinks in New York

Spartan swimming sinks in New York

Riley Simko, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019

The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams both lost to State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past weekend. The meet was pushed back from Saturday, Jan. 19 due to the dangerous winter weather’s effect on travel time. Both the men...

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