Swimming and Diving out swims John Carroll

JP. O’Hagan, Sports Editor

Following a loss to rival Carnegie Mellon the Case Western swimming squads returned to the pools of the Veale Natatorium against crosstown rival John Carroll last Saturday.

Both the men’s and women’s squad swam their ways to victory against the visiting Blue Streaks. The men’s squad captured the first place finish in an impressive 11 of 13 events on their way to a 144-77 win. The women followed close behind with a 140-97 final over John Carroll. The victories improve both teams to 1-1 on the early season in dual meets.

On the men’s side juniors Aaron Tam and Connor Farrell led the Spartans with four victories between the two of them. Tam who swam excellently against Carnegie Mellon left the pool with two individual event wins, beating out his competition in the 100-yard freestyle finishing in a mere 47.40 seconds and with a time of 16:37.96 in the 1650 free.

For the second straight week Farrell swept the diving events with regional qualifier scores. He slipped slightly from last week in the 1-meter event where he was awarded a 283.70 but improved in his 3-meter event score with an outstanding 297.05.

In addition to Tam and Farrell, Spartans men team won the 400-yard medley, the 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, and the 500-yard freestyle.

In the women’s events, the Spartans were led by junior Rebecca Pakradooni who captured wins in the 100-yard butterfly finishing just under the one minute mark with a time of 59.49 and in the 200 freestyle with a finish of 1:59.76. In addition to Pakradooni, junior Abby Glenn and freshman Mary Katherine Miller swam impressive meets. Glenn won her only individual event, finishing the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 18:56.93 and Miller won the 400 individual medley and came in second in the 500-yard freestyle event.

The Spartan women also captured victories in the 200-yard free, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 500-meter free and both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

The Spartans will stay at home in Veale Natatorium and look to improve to 2-1 this Friday with competition kicking off at 6 p.m. against the College of Wooster.