Away Game Briefs

Swimming and Diving

Starting on Wednesday, select members of the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s swimming and diving team competed in the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. On the opening day, the women’s 200-yard medley relay team, comprised of junior Kira Singhaus, first year Kimberly Hochstedler, and sophomores Gillian Crews and Allison Kirkby, placed 14th during prelims with a time of 1:45.51, but DQ’d during the finals.

The men’s 200-yard relay team, with senior Josh Lucheon, sophomore Sivan Mehta, and first-years Matthew Chu and Kevin Steinhouse, also competed and finished 13th overall by setting a new school record with a time of 1:30.64, earning them All-American honorable mention.

Steinhouse and Crews each competed individually in the 50-yard freestyle, with Crews finishing 40th with a time of 24.50 and Steinhouse ending up in 48th in the men’s with a time of 21.29.

On Thursday, the women’s relay team competed again, this time finishing 13th overall in the 400-yard medley with a time of 3:51.86 to earn them All-American Honorable Mention. Crews competed in her second of 3 individual events, with the 100-yard butterfly, finishing 18th with a time of 56.57.
Friday saw strong individual performances by several Tartans with Chu competing in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 56.77 for 27th, Crew in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 2:07.47 for 27th and Hochstedler competing in the 100-yard breaststroke and finishing with a time of 1:07.12, good for 32nd. Sophomore diver Machika Kaku also finished up her diving on the 1-meter board, earning 16th overall and All-American Honorable Mention with a 364.15 in the finals.

On the final day, the women’s relay team competed once more, this time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 3:36.01 and in 26th place. Singhaus also finished her championships in the 200-meter back stroke, finishing 31st with a time of 2:06.48. The men’s relay team also competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing 25th with a time of 3:09.71.

The championships mark the end of the swimming and diving season.

Track and Field

On Friday and Saturday, both Carnegie Mellon track and field teams competed in the Washington and Lee Track and Field Carnival.

The women started with senior Sasha Spalding setting a new school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.73, good for a second place finish. In the 10000-meter run, a pair of Tartans took 2nd and 3rd place as juniors Zofia Tillman and Sophie Lohmann finished with times of 38:42.36 and 39:12.51 respectively.

In the field events, sophomore Rebecca Fortner took first place in the high jump by clearing the 1.51-meter bar on her first attempt, while fellow sophomore Grace Yee took fourth in the pole vault by clearing the 2.86 mark. Junior Lauren Mature placed fourth in the shot put with a 10.07-meter heave, her highest finish of her three throwing events.

For the men, the top performer was senior George Degen, who set the event record in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:51.98. He finished first with fellow senior Joe Pane finishing in third with a time of 32:07.86. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Owen Norley took the top spot with his career best time of 1:53.62. To round out the track success, sophomore Curtis Watro placed second in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:49.24.

In the field events, the only success came from first-year Kevin Wainczak, who tied for fourth in the pole vault by clearing the 3.96-meter bar, and first-year Jacob Schofel, who placed 5th in the hammer and 6th in the discus with tosses of 41.58m and 36.46m, respectively.

Both squads will next compete in the Carnegie Mellon Mini-Invite on Saturday.