Swimming and diving teams falls to No. 2-ranked Kenyon

Case Western Reserve University’s swim and dive team traveled to Gambier, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 3 to participate in the dual meet held by host college Kenyon College. The Spartans No. 13-ranked women’s team lost to the No. 2-ranked Owls by a mark of 228-108 while the Spartans No. 15-ranked men’s team lost to the No. 1-ranked Owls by a mark of 206.5-111.5.

However, there were multiple individual performances that the Spartans should be proud of. Third-year diver Abigail Wilkov set two school records and won all four of her events. Wilkov is the first diver in Spartans history to cross 500.0 points in the 11-dive versions, and set pool records in both the 11-dive versions of the 1-meter and the 3-meter. Wilkov scored 552.70 on the 3-meter in 11 dives to beat her previous program record of 459.65 set in 2021. On the 1-meter board, Wilkov hit a mark of 509.25 in 11 dives to improve upon her own program record of 477.15 from 2021.

Other than Wilkov’s four victories, the Spartans won five events and finished second in 13 others. Second-year Claire Kozma finished first in the 200 butterfly in 2:04.49. Among second-place finishes, third-year Gabriella Chambers finished second in the 50 freestyle in 24.01 seconds and 100 freestyle in 52.01 seconds, and second-year Eliza Dixon and third-year Kelly Vann finished second in the 200 freestyle relay. Additionally, third-year Amelia Myhrvold was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in 59.29 seconds as well as first-year Ava Ellis in the 1000 freestyle.

On the men’s side, second-years Emil LaSida, Ben Borvendeg and Mason Bencurik, and third-year Jackson Pollard had a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing the race in 1:23.49. Additionally, LaSida was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 49.58 seconds.

Another pair of Spartans finished first in their respective events. Second-year Adam Khatib brought home a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly, posting a mark of 1:53.57, and third-year Peter Meng finished first in the 500 freestyle. Another pair of Spartans were the runners-up in both of these events: second-year John Drumm finished 0.36 seconds after Khatib, and third-year Stephen Hogeman touched the wall around nine seconds after Meng.

The final individual first-place finish of the day was second-year William Froass who won the 100 butterfly in 50.57 seconds. Additionally, the Spartans won the mixed 200 medley relay on the backs of fourth-year Ethan Chuang for breaststroke, LaSida for backstroke, Kozma for butterfly and Chambers for freestyle.

Next up for the Spartans is the 2024 UAA Championships at the University of Chicago from Feb. 14-17.

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