Swimming and diving teams split 2023 openers


Courtesy of CWRU Athletics

Although both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams lost to Kenyon College, the Spartans spent time honoring the graduating seniors.

Puneet Bansal, Sports Editor

After a two-month hiatus, the Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams have been back in action since Jan. 14. In a home event against the State University of New York College at Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo), the men’s and women’s teams came away victorious at 162-138 and 178-122, respectively. This past weekend, however, both teams fell to Kenyon College, with the men’s team losing 178-122 and the women’s team losing 190-110. Both Spartan teams now stand at 3-2 overall.

Against SUNY-Geneseo, the teams combined for 16 wins in 32 events. Second-year Gabriella Chambers swept the freestyle events: 53.10 seconds in the 100 meter event and 1:57.51 in the 200 meter event. Alongside first-year Eliza Dixon and second-years Simone Vale and Adriana Kamor, Chambers picked up her third win in the 200 meter relays with a time of 1:38.70. Kamor also won the 50 meter freestyle by 0.01 seconds, finishing in 24.63 seconds.

Second-year Amelia Myhrvold swept the backstroke events, winning the 200 meter in 2:08.24 and the 100-meter in 59.88. She was named the Spartan Club Athlete of the Week for her dominant performance.

First-year Julia Cho came in second just 0.03 seconds after Myhrvold. Fourth-year Maria Pritchett finished the swimming victories, taking the 200 individual medley in 2:11.58. Second-year Abigail Wilkov won the 1-meter dive (279.83) while third-year Rei Miyauchi claimed the 3-meter dive (275.62).

First-year John Drumm swept the butterfly events, taking the 100-meter (51.03) and the 200-meter (1:55.11). First-year Emil LaSida also won two events, claiming the 100-meter backstroke (51.70) and the 200-meter medley relay alongside third-year Ethan Chuang, second-year Ben Zuo and fourth-year Campbell Patterson (1:33.21). Third-year Sean Yetter won the 1000-meter freestyle (9:58.02), first-year William Froass claimed the 200-meter backstroke (1:54.82) and second-year Griffin Gushman rounded out the wins in the 500-meter freestyle (4:49.08).

“Geneseo always comes ready to play,” said Head Coach Doug Milliken following the meet. “Our [men’s] team showed up and they came ready to play. On the women’s side… I don’t want to say it was dominant but I think we handled our business effectively. We had some people that put up really great swims in really good times.”

Before the meet against Kenyon, the Spartans celebrated 10 fourth-year athletes: Patrick Cavanaugh, Connor Chignell, Justin Christensen, Abby Halsdorfer, Julie Mason, Elizabeth McDyer, Campbell Patterson, Johanna Pearson, Andrew Smith and Erica Yang.

Chambers led again for the women’s team, taking first in the 100-meter freestyle (52.56), second in the 50-meter freestyle (23.98) and second in the 200-meter freestyle relay alongside Dixon, first-year Claire Kozma and Kamor (1:38.66). Wilkov again won the 1-meter dive (257.65), with second-year Jocelyn Schechter came in second (255.70). Miyauchi won the 3-meter dive (270.20) and Wilkov placed second (266.65).

Second-year Jackson Pollard won the 100-meter fly (51.62), with Zuo coming in second 0.16 seconds after. Pollard, Zuo, LaSida and Chuang placed second in the 200-meter medley relay (1:32.91). Pollard and Zuo also joined Drumm and first-year Ben Borvendeg to take second-place in the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:25.76). Froass won the 100-meter backstroke (51.68) and second in the 200-meter (1:54.35). Second-year Kevin Hu won the 200-meter fly (1:56.40) while first-year Mason Bencurik won the 100-meter freestyle (47.03).

CWRU will compete against Oberlin College on Jan. 27 on the road before heading to Atlanta, Georgia for the UAA Championships from Feb. 8-11, which will be hosted by Emory University. The teams will also travel to Chicago for the Midwest Invitational on Feb. 17-18. Qualifying athletes will compete in the NCAA Diving Zone Regionals in Chicago on Feb. 24-25 and the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on March 15-18.