As the cold begins to retreat from campus, most students are excitedly awaiting the start of spring. However this also brings the end of the winter sports season as the basketball, swimming and diving and wrestling Spartan teams wrap up for the year. While we here at The Observer took two weeks off, with most final games and meets occurring during finals week or over spring break, the Spartans remained dedicated. Here is a rundown of their final competitions of the season.
The Spartans hosted archrival Carnegie Mellon University for the final game of the season back on Feb. 28. The visiting Tartans were looking for revenge after the 80-46 route they endured at the hands of the Spartans at the start of University Athletic Association (UAA) play. The Spartans were unable to catch up after the Tartans jumped out to a 35-28 lead at the half and fell in the season finale 82-71. The Spartans were led by senior Dane McLoughlin, who posted 20 points and eight boards in his final game as a Spartan along with his fellow four seniors, who were honored before the game for senior day.
The women’s basketball team followed their skid-breaking win over New York University with a victory over the visiting Carnegie Mellon Tartans. The Spartans were led by Amanda Germer, who posted a career-high 16 points in her final game in Spartan blue and white. The Spartans played a high octane offense and put away the Tartans by a final of 82-66. The Case Western Reserve University squad honored their seven seniors and will have a dramatically different look next season, but were able to earn a bittersweet ending to their season.
Swimming and Diving
The men’s swimming and diving squad are sending five Spartan athletes to the NCAA Championships. Junior diver Connor Farrell already competed at the NCAA Division III Region I Diving Championships. Farrell competed in both the three-meter and one-meter dive competitions, having qualified for each. After 11 dives, Farrell was 11th overall in the three-meter dives with, 489.20 points and 435.85 points after the 11 dives in the one meter event, placing him 16th.
The other four Spartans are four of CWRU men’s swimming team who will be able to compete in 10 events at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
Freshmen Drew Hamilton qualified for the 500-yard free and 400-yard IM and will also be swimming in the 1650 free. Freshmen Oliver Hudgins will be swimming in the 200 yard backstroke, while junior Aaron Tam will swim the 100- and 200-yard butterfly races. Finally senior Eric Haufler will join Hamilton, Tam and Hudgins to swim in the team 200-yard free, 400-yard free, 800-yard free and 400-yard medley relay races.
Unfortunately none of the swimmers or divers from the Women’s team were invited to swim at the NCAA Championships and finished their highly competitive season with the UAA tournament.
Finally the wrestling team stepped off the mats for the last time this season on March 1. The Spartans finished their season at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. That Spartans struggled and ended the year in a 18th out of 18th finish at the meet.