Spartans Sweep Grove City & Gannon in Tri-Meet

Spartans Sweep Grove City & Gannon in Tri-Meet

The Case Western Reserve University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams each completed an undefeated month of November on Saturday afternoon, with both Spartan squads sweeping a tri-meet against Gannon University and Grove City College at the Veale Natatorium.

The Spartan men earned a 162-118 win over Gannon, and a 220-74 victory against Grove City, while the women defeated Gannon 177-112 and Grove City 171-126.  In addition, Gannon defeated Grove City 191-97 on the men's side, while the two teams tied, 136-136, in the women's portion.

The Case Western Reserve men and women each improved their season records to 7-1 on the year with the wins.

Senior diver Connor Farrell once again turned in a strong performance on the boards, registering NCAA qualifying scores in each event.  Farrell notched a score of 295.05 in the one-meter dive, followed by a mark of 312.75 in the three-meter dive, to win each event.

The Spartan men opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, with sophomore Oliver Hudgins, senior Elliott Kerbel, senior Alec David and senior Aaron Tam finishing first with a time of 1:37.19.  Each of the relay members would go on to win an individual event on Saturday as well, with Hudgins finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.45), Kerbel claiming a win in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.49), Tam winning the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.70) and David placing first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.05 seconds).

Other first-place finishers for the men included sophomore Evan Rose in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.20) and freshman Brody Schmidt in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.33).

For the women, freshman Suhan Mestha claimed victories in a pair of individual events, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.78 seconds, and the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:08.57.  She also swam the leadoff leg of the winning 200-yard medley relay team, recording a time of 1:51.89 along with freshman Alli Drohosky, senior Rebecca Pakradooni and sophomore Inez Moore.

The Spartans also swept the diving events, with sophomore Brooke Hortness winning the one-meter dive with a score of 227.55, and freshman Emily Budziszewski claiming a victory in the three-meter dive with a score of 194.25.

The Spartans will now turn their attention towards their final meet of the fall semester, the Wooster Invitational, from Thursday, December 3rd through Saturday, December 5th.