Spartans win inaugural Cleveland City Tournament

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Sophomore Alex Haufler starts the 200-yard backstroke. Haufler won the event against Oberlin with a time of 1:59.02.

Peter Cooke, Sports Editor

Swimmers knock out Yeomen 379-212 with 22 first places 

The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams won the inaugural Cleveland City Tournament by defeating Oberlin College by a combined score of 379-212. The Spartans won 22 of the meet’s 32 events, including seven 1-2-3 finishes, at the Carr Pool on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Oberlin, Ohio.

The Spartans made it to the tournament final after defeating Notre Dame College 322.5-145.5 in the opening round and Lake Erie College 306-168 in the semifinals last weekend at the Veale Natatorium.

The win improves the Spartan men to 7-0 in dual meets while the women move over .500 with a 4-3 record. The men are ranked No. 12 in the CollegeSwimming.com/Endless Pools’ top 25 performance rankings.

The men were led by a trio of double winners and a pair of relay victories against the Yeomen.

Junior Gus Bailey picked up a pair of individual wins in the sprint events. Bailey won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 21.90 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 49.05 seconds. Junior Heath Hudgins touched the wall first for the Spartans in the mid-distance events, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.27 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.80. Junior Sean Nickley took home blue ribbons in both breaststroke disciplines. Nickley finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.14 seconds and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.89.

In the first event, Bailey joined Nickley and sophomores Andrew Bollinger and Elliott Kerbel to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:36.87. The Spartans also won the meet’s final events as Kerbel, junior Scott McHenry, Hudgins, and Bailey cruised to a 10-second victory in the 400-yard freestyle relays with a time of 3:17.66.

In the 1650-yard freestyle, senior captain Chris Emr finished first in a time of 17:19.08, just .26 seconds faster than junior Karch Petersen, who finished second.

The men won 13 of the 16 events against the Yeomen.

The women had a pair of double winners as juniors Sara Tillie and Maggie Dillione both picked up a pair of wins. Tillie won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.54 and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:55.01. Dillione won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.83 and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:09.47.

The women also won their opening event as freshmen Rachael Loek and Rebecca Pakradooni teamed up with sophomore Brianna Cain and Dillione to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:55.06.

Pakradooni also won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:01.03.

Sophomore Abby Glenn won the 1650-yard freestyle in 18:58.29.

The Spartans will travel to Kenyon College for a quad-meet tomorrow, Nov. 17, where they take on the host Lords, Grove City College, and Gannon University. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.