CMU Swimming and Diving teams set new records

For the Carnegie Mellon Swimming and Diving team’s first competition of the 2020-2021 season, the Tartans hosted an intersquad meet. Although there were no outside competitors, the Tartans performed spectacularly, setting career bests and breaking school records.

On the women’s side, sophomore student Mathea Myhrvold won the 100-yard freestyle with a career-best equaling time of 56.66 seconds. In the 200-yard individual medley, senior Jessica Chau set a pool record, edging out her competitors to win the event with a time of 2:08.09.

In the women’s three-meter springboard, first-year Kelli Kuramoto put on an especially impressive performance, scoring a total of 495.00 across 11 total dives, setting a new pool record and a new school record in the first collegiate competition of her athletic career. Kuramoto also performed well on the one-meter springboard, finishing behind senior Maddie Mianzo who set a new career-best to win the event, having scored 429.82 across 11 dives.

The men’s team excelled as well. Junior Sean Ream broke both the pool record and the half-decade old school record by propelling past his competitors with a 1:47.28 in the 200-yard butterfly, before surpassing a 23-year-old 100-yard butterfly pool record with a winning time of 48.51 seconds. Junior Richard Dauksher then won the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:00.88, setting a new pool record, before setting yet another pool record of 1:40.66 in the 200-yard freestyle.

In the 400-yard medley relay, the A team consisting of junior Oliver Lance, junior Colin Daniel, first-year Chris Stange, and sophomore Erik Feldmann broke another 23-year-old pool record, beating out their opponents with a time of 3:21.63. Sophomore John McNab then beat the pool record Dauksher had set, swimming 200 yards of freestyle in 1:39.76 during his leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay. This 800-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of McNab, Dauksher, senior Max Gonzalez, and junior Daniel Ng, also set a new pool record of 6:43.12.

Although these last few semesters have been difficult on the Carnegie Mellon sports teams, athletes and coaching staff have persevered, continuing to develop and train under COVID-19 restrictions, and it is clear that all of their hard work has paid off.