Spartans run strong two days in a row

Noah Crowley, Staff Reporter

The Spartans competed in two days of events this weekend, with a list of top-five finishes from both days. On Friday, Feb. 10, Case Western Reserve University’s swimming and diving team traveled to Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio to compete against 12 other schools. The day after, the Spartans went on to Westerville, Ohio to take on 17 schools as Otterbein University hosted the Indoor All-Ohio Championship.

In Berea, the men took ninth place and the Spartan women took fifth place out of the 13 teams present.

Two members of the women’s team won their events. Second-year student Maria DeRenzo took first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.40, and third-year student Nimi Gupta took first in the weight throw with a distance of 15.02 meters.

Three other Spartans finished in the top three. Both first-year student Madeline Lindemann and second-year student Shannon Carroll took second place in the 3,000-meter run and the shot put competitions respectively. Third-year student Claire Plunkett took third in the 3,000-meter run, finishing about 17 seconds behind Lindemann.

For the men’s team, third-year students Zak Hurd and Alex Nesvisky each took fourth place. Hurd competed in the 55-meter dash and Nesvisky participated in the shot put competition. Overall, the women scored 76 points and the men scored 32 points.

The next day, the Spartan men took fourth and the women earned eighth place at the 2017 All-Ohio Indoor Championships.

The men’s highlight of the day was the 4×200-meter relay composed of third-year students Adrian Cannon and Andrew Ibibo and fourth-year students Nico Ericksen-Deriso and Nathaniel Wahner. The group took first place in the relay with a time of 1:30.91, finishing less than a second ahead of Ohio Wesleyan University and three other teams that were hot on their tail. Wahner also got third place in the 200-meter dash and Ibibo worked for fourth-place in the 400-meter dash. Several other men gave strong performances throughout the day, ultimately earning their team 70 points on the day.

All the while, the women were turning in their own list of strong competitions. Third-year student Danielle Kulpins took second place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:28.69 and first-year student Samantha Kelts achieved third place in the triple jump competition with a distance of 10.59 meters.

Now the Spartans, after a hard weekend of incredible amounts of work, are looking forward to another meet in Berea for the Greater Cleveland Colleges Meet at Baldwin Wallace University on Friday, Feb. 17.