Spartan seniors swim in impressive send off


Andrew Hodowanec/Observer

Men’s diver Connor Farrell mid-dive. Farrell had two first place dives for the Spartans.

The Spartans swimming and diving squads combined for 31 first place finishes in their final meet on campus this season.

The Spartans hosted the Ohio Northern University in the meet this past Saturday and the near sweep was a fitting send off for the 12 seniors on the two squads, who were honored pre-meet in the Senior’s Day ceremony.

For the women Abby Glenn had two first place finishes, in the 1000 yard free and the 500 free. Glenn improved on her previous from 1000 yard freestyle time by nearly two seconds for her second straight first place finish in the event.

In addition to Glenn three more Spartans had two victories in the meet. Freshmen Ellie Wilson improved on her 200 breaststroke time from the previous week by nearly three seconds, netting her a second straight first place finish as well as a victory in the 100 breaststroke.

Juniors Rebecca Pakradooni and Mary Katherine Miller also had two victories apiece, with Pakradooni touching the wall first in the 200 free and 100 fly and Mary Katherine Miller grabbing victories in the 200 fly and 200 individual medley.

On the men’s side the Spartans were unable to completely shut out the visiting Polar Bears but managed to win 15 of the 16 events, a fitting send off for the successful seniors.

The men’s swimming squad had five double winners. Senior Aaron Yeung was a highlight on Senior Day as a double winner, bringing victories in the 100 yard breaststroke and 200 yard breaststroke.

On the diving side, Connor Farrell posted winning scores of 273.45 on the 1-meter board and 273.00 on the 3 meter board.

With this last Veale Natatorium meet for the season in the books, both teams of Spartans will compete against cross town rival Baldwin Wallace this weekend as their final meet before the UAA Championship meet in mid February. Case Western returns to the water at Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, Jan. 31st at 1:00 PM.