Spartan squads victorious in back to back meets

Swimming and Diving teams go 3-1 in four duals

JP. O’Hagan, Sports Editor

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The men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads combined for three victories last weekend.

Both the men’s team and the women’s team had two dual meets this weekend, with their first meet against the College of Wooster on Friday and the second against Oberlin College on Saturday. Both sets of Spartans swam and dove their way to victory over the College of Wooster, with the men repeating the success over Oberlin while the women fell to the hosting Yeomen. The Spartans men now stand at 3-1 on the young season while the women at 2-2 fell back down to an even win loss record.

Against the College of Wooster the Spartans picked up victories in 12 of the 13 events with three Spartans winning two different events and the team racking up a whooping 172 points to the 65 earned by Wooster. Junior Aaron Tam beat his opponents to the wall in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 yard butterfly races with times of 1:45.01 and 1:58.14 respectfully. Freshman Drew Hamilton was the first to the wall in both the 1,000 and 500 free races with times of 9:56.26 and 4:49.63 for a season best. Finally, junior Connor Farrell continued his diving domination and won his fifth and sixth straight diving events of the new season with scores of 294.85 from the 1 meter board and of 285.70 from 3 meters above the pool deck.

Against the hosting Oberlin Yeomen the men’s team pulled off another high point win, bringing in 142 points to the 80 of the hosts, beating all competition to the wall in eight different events. The Spartans were led by Hamilton won his second pair of races in two days winning the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 free with times of 2:02.31 and 4:54.93 respectfully. Fellow freshman Aaron Pang helped lead the Spartans with a pair of victories himself, a 1:49.04 finish in the 200 freestyle and a 53.92 in the 100 yard fly.

The women’s side beat out Wooster by a score of 133-104 at the Veale Natatorium on Friday, the better day of the weekend for them. The Spartans won nine of the 13 events with freshman Mary Katherine Miller bringing in victories in both the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:13.68 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:34.37 for her fourth and fifth victories of the season. Junior
Abby Glenn and freshman Inez Moore also notched individual victories for the Spartans with wins in the 1,000 free and the 50 free respectfully. Moore also swam a leg of the first place in the CWRU victorious 400 free relay.

On Sunday the women fell to Oberlin by a score of 145.5 to 94.5 and fell to their 2-2 standing on the season. Miller again led the Spartans for the second day in a row posted her sixth and seventh wins of the year, this time in the 100 fly in which she finished just over a minute at 1:00.21. She brought home another victory in the 200 yard individual medley. Freshman diver Brooke Hortness added a pair of wins to Spartan effort with a score of 182.50 and the 173.75 in the 3 meter and 1 meter diving events.

The Spartans will take the week off and return to action in their first tri-meet of the season against Grove City College and Gannon University on November 22nd. The action will start in Grove City at 1:00 p.m.