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Track and Field

The University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field championships were held at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center last weekend on Feb. 24 and 25. The men’s team finished with 56 points to finish fifth out of seven teams. Washington University in St. Louis men won the entire tournament, scoring 120 points. On the women’s side, the CWRU women replicated the men’s performance by scoring 34 points and finishing fifth. The University of Chicago women’s team won by scoring 138 points.

Fourth-year runner Sam Merriman won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:46.28 while fellow fourth-year thrower Nimi Gupta finished first in the weight throw with a distance of 15.57 meters.

After the first day of competition, the CWRU women sat in third place with 22 points and the men sat in second place with 32 points.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of fourth-year runners Grant Mlack and Nicholas Knorz and second-year runners Jonathan Haling and Michael Hradesky, finished second in their event, while Merriman was able to replicate his 5,000-meter success by placing second in the 3,000-meter run.  

Second-year hurdler Dominic Oddo finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles while Mlack finished fourth in the same event.

Third-year hurdler Olivia Newman finished fourth in the 60-meters with a school-record time of 9.17 seconds. Fellow third-year shot put thrower Shannon Carroll earned a fourth-place finish and fourth-year runner Danielle Kulpins finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run.

Altogether, the men’s and women’s teams had seven athletes earning All-UAA honors.

Swimming and Diving

The men’s and women’s teams sent a small contingent to the Midwest Invitational at the University of Chicago. The men totaled 398.5 points to finish second, while the women totaled 311 points to have a third-place finish.

The men had many top five finishers. First-year swimmer Kyle Barclay had three top five finishes. He finished second in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley while garnering a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Fourth-year swimmer Stefan Roeseler finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke. First-year butterflier Jakob Woerner finished third in the 100-yard butterfly and third in 200-yard butterfly. First-year breaststroker Jonathan Liu finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth in 200-yard breaststroke. The team finished third in the 400-yard individual medley and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle.

The women also had many top five finishes. Third-year freestyler Suhan Mestha won the title for 50-yard freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ time of 23.56 seconds while first-year Caitlyn VonFeldt finished fifth. First-year backstroker Olivia Love finished second in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke, while third-year Renee Decker finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. Third-year freestyler Karine Zeidan finished fifth in the 1650-yard freestyle.  

The team finished the 200-yard freestyle with a NCAA ‘B’ cut and school-record time of 1:45.07. They also finished third in the 400-yard freestyle.      

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This week on the track, in the pool