Swimming Falls to Case, Sweeps Carroll
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Cleveland to compete in the Veale Classic at Case Western Reserve University last Friday and Saturday. The weekend started out a little rough for both teams. The women’s team was defeated by host Case Western 100-127 Friday night during the first round of the tournament-style meet, while the men also suffered a loss, scoring 61 points to Case Western’s 159.
The evening was not without its high points, however. The Yeomen and Yeowomen managed to scrape together a modest handful of victories. Senior captain Cory Myers led the men’s team, winning both the three-meter and one-meter events on the diving board. Junior Scott McInerney managed a win in the 50-yard freestyle event. Four of the women finished first in one or more of their respective events. First-year diver Christine Martin took first on both boards, while her classmate Jenny Meltz raced to first place in the 1000-yard freestyle. Fellow first-year Sara Kadi out swam the competition to touch first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard fly. In addition to winning the two events, Kadi posted personal best times in each. Sophomore Shannon Gallagher also had an individual win in the 50-yard freestyle race.
While there were few first-place finishes on Friday night, the second round meet against John Carroll University Saturday morning was a completely different story. The Oberlin men and women triumphed in a combined 22 events out of 26, which proved to be decisive victories for both teams. The men outscored John Carroll by an impressive margin, finishing 139-83. The women’s team also finished a comfortable distance ahead of its opponents, winning 145-93. This was the first win of the season for the Oberlin men, while the women’s record improved to 2-2.
Women’s captain Kiri Ulmschneider felt that the true value of the meet lay in the team’s attitude.
“I think the most important thing about Saturday was how we helped to support each other after a difficult meet on Friday,” said Ulmschneider.
Many team members had individual wins, including Kiri Ulmschneider (400-yard individual medley), Myers (1-meter diving), senior John Hugens (200-yard backstroke), McInerney (50- and 100-yard freestyle), junior Bryne Ulmschneider (200-yard breaststroke), Gallagher (50- and 100-yard freestyle), sophomore Laura Fries (200-yard backstroke), sophomore Dan Holm (200-yard breaststroke), Kadi (200-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley), first-year Jon Vimr (200- and 500-yard freestyle), first-year Corey Spiro (400-yard individual medley, 200-yard butterfly), Martin (1-meter diving) and first-year Jenny Meltz (500-yard freestyle).
“The team swam well on both Friday and Saturday. We learned a lot about ourselves and how to be a team throughout the weekend,” said Head Coach Mark Fino.
The swimming and diving teams will be back in conference action tonight as they travel to Hiram College to compete at 6:30 p.m.