No. 22 Spartan Men Defeat No. 19 ONU on Seniors’ Day

Four Spartan seniors along with their parents were honored prior to the meet. (photo by Matt Cerullo)
Four Spartan seniors along with their parents were honored prior to the meet. (photo by Matt Cerullo)

CLEVELAND – The No. 22 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team picked up wins in 10-of-16 events as part of a 185.5-110.5 victory versus No. 19 Ohio Northern University on Seniors' Day at Veale Natatorium.

The Spartans improve to 13-2-1 overall in duals this year with one left on the schedule. With the loss, the Polar Bears drop to 10-2.

Prior to the meet, CWRU honored its four swimming & diving senior student-athletes, including Chris Emr (Rockville, Md/Thomas S. Wooton), Kyle Tepe (Loveland, Ohio/Milford) and Tim Wibowo (Centerville, Ohio/Miami Valley School) on the men's side.

Seven different Spartans accounted for eight individual event wins led by junior Daniel Jacobson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) with wins in both diving events for the second-straight week. Jacobson, the reigning University Athletic Association Diver of the Week, scored 285.45 points on the one-meter board and 266.90 in the three-meter event.

Sophomore Eric Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.33 and swam a leg on both of the Spartans' first-place relay quartets.

Also in freestyle events, sophomore Elliott Kerbel (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) won the 50 in 21.61; Emr highlighted his final home meet with a victorious time of 4:53.96 in the 500; and freshman Aaron Tam (Doral, Fla./Ronald Regan Doral Senior) claimed first in the 1,000 with a mark of 10:01.20.

The Spartans also swept the backstroke events as sophomore Andrew Bollinger (Boulder, Colo./Fairview) won the 100 in 53.87, and sophomore Alex Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) won the 200 in 1:58.36.

In the opening relay of the day, the 400 medley, Case touched the wall first in 3:31.03 behind the team of Bollinger, junior Sean Nickley (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), Eric Haufler and junior Gus Bailey (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City).

In the final event, the Spartans won the 400 free relay behind Eric Haufler, Kerbel, Bailey and junior Heath Hudgins (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) in a time of 3:12.23.

The Spartans conclude the regular season next Friday, February 1 at cross-town rival Baldwin Wallace University at 6:00 p.m. That meet will be the final tune-up for the UAA Championship on February 13-16 in Chicago.