Spartan swimmers finish up dual season with win

Skyler Phillips, Staff Reporter

The Spartans competed in their final dual meet this weekend against Baldwin Wallace University and met with great success for both the men and women’s teams; this was especially nice for the seniors, as it was their last time racing in their home pool. At the end of the day, the scores were 174-123 for the women and 184-70 for the men.

The events were a little different this weekend, with some of the races being shortened to the 50 and 100 yards in length. For example, instead of the 200 fly and 100 fly, there was the 100 fly and 50 fly. It was the same with breaststroke and backstroke. Freestyle kept the 200, 500, and mile though and the individual medley remained a 200 yard race.

Although the races were changed, the Spartan’s high level of performance was not. They swam well individually and in relays, placing first in many events.

Both the men and the women won the 200 medley relay, the women with a time of 1:56.04 and the men with a 1:38.57. The women’s relay was composed of Sophia Colevas swimming the backstroke, Brianna Cain swimming breast, Rebecca Pakradooni fly and Hannah Saunders free; the men’s team had Andrew Bollinger swimming backstroke, Aaron Yeung breast, Eric Haufler fly and Caleb Allen free. Both the men and women also placed first in the 200 free relay. Saunders and Pakradooni made another appearance in that relay, along with AJ Thirion and Rachael Loek. For the men, the relay had members Gus Bailey, Nick Clyde, Heath Hudgins, and Scott McHenry competing. The women swam a 1:43.53 and the men a 1:27.93.

Individually, the women won the day by claiming first in seven events, and coming in top spots in all others. In the 50 breast, Cain came in first with a time of 31.59 and Taylor Forsythe came in third with a 33.69. The women dominated the 100 fly by taking first (Pakradooni, 1:00.34) second (Sara Tillie, 1:01.16) and third place (Hannah Altman-Kurosaki, 1:06.22). Maggie Dillione and Hannah Saunder won first and second place in the 50 free, with times of 25.10 and 26.55. Rachael Loek and Thirion paralleled the 50 free in the 100 free with times of 56.87 and 57.23. Tillie came back again in the 100 breast to win first by swimming a 1:08.98, and Cain third with a 1:10.86. Glen won the 500 freestyle as usual, touching the wall at 5 minutes and 32 seconds. Dillione, of course, took the 50 fly with a time of 26.33.

The men’s team performed just as well, taking the top three spots in 200 free, 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 fly.The 200 free had Bollinger (1:47.03), Andrew Henning (1:47.08) and Caleb Allen (1:48.02). In the 50 back, Kyle Peterson swam a 25.95, Nick Clyde a 26.54 and Karch Peterson a 26.65. For the 50 breast Sean Nickley went a 26.66, Scott McHenry a 27.72 and Sean Corcoran a 28.16. Finally, with the 100 fly Aaron Tam swam a 52.37, Alec David a 52.55, and Aaron Yeung a 54.75. Gus Bailey and Alex Roznai claimed first and second in the 50 free with times of 21.94 and 22.80. Eric Haufler won the 100 free with a 47.21, and Sean Corcoran returned to take first in the 100 breast with a 1:02.44.
This was the Spartan’s last dual meet; they are now tapering and preparing for the conference meet, their biggest meet of the year. The end of the season is nigh.