2015-16 CWRU Men’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

2015-16 CWRU Men’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

Members of the Case Western Reserve University men's swimming and diving team totaled seven all-America honorable mention certificates at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Spartans capped off an outstanding 2015-16 campaign with a 33rd-place finish in the nation.

A pair of seniors recorded individual All-America honorable mention finishes at the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, with Aaron Tam finishing 13th in the 200-yard butterfly in a school-record time of 1:49.76, and Connor Farrell finishing 14th in the three-meter dive, the best finish ever by a Spartan in a diving event at the national meet.  Tam also set a school-record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.05 seconds as the leadoff leg of the 400-yard freestyle at the meet, and teamed with sophomores Drew Hamilton and Oliver Hudgins and junior Andrew Henning to place 10th in the 800-yard freestyle to set a third school record with a mark of 6:42.43.  Altogether, Case Western Reserve competitors totaled 21 points at the meet, leading to the 33rd-place finish.

The Spartans' success at the NCAA Championships, followed a number of standout performances at the 2016 University Athletic Association Championships in Webster, New York.  Farrell won the three-meter dive with a score of 539.35 and finished second in the one-meter dive with a mark of 493.50, both school records, en route to becoming the first Spartan ever to be named the conference Diver of the Year.  In addition, the Spartan's 800-yard freestyle relay of Hamilton, Henning, Hudgins and Tam claimed a win in the event, becoming the first CWRU squad ever to win a relay event at the UAA Championships.

Hudgins added all-UAA honors with third-place finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.11) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.00), setting school records in each event, while Hamilton added an all-conference certificate in the 400-yard individual medley with a second-place finish.  A fifth school record was set by the Spartans during the UAA Championships, as the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Tam, Hamilton, Hudgins and senior Elliott Kerbel notched a time of 3:03.87 in the event.

The Spartans totaled 836 points during the UAA Championships to finish sixth at the annual conference meet.

In December, the Spartans finished first out of nine teams at the Wooster Invitational for the sixth-straight season, totaling 1,775.5 points to clear the second-place squad by more than 500 points.  Case Western Reserve won five events during the meet, with Hamilton claiming first-place in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle, Farrell winning the one-meter dive and three-meter dive, and Tam placing first in the 200-yard butterfly.

The Spartans finished the 2015-16 season with a 10-1 dual meet record, including nine-consecutive wins to end the season.  Also during the campaign, Farrell was selected as the UAA Diver of the Week on eight occasions, while sophomore Stefan Roeseler was selected as the conference swimmer of the week on February 15th, following his performance at the Midwest Invitational.

In addition to their work in the pool, the Spartans were recognized as a team for their academic achievements, as the team received Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) with a team grade point average of 3.58 during the spring semester, the fifth highest among Division III teams.  In addition, Farrell, Henning and Hamilton received individual Scholar All-America honors from the CSCAA, while sophomores Aaron Pang and Logan Smith were honorable mentions to the Scholar All-America team.  Twelve members of the Case Western Reserve men's swimming and diving team received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2015-16 season:


 

All-America Honorable Mention

Aaron Tam

Doral, Fla. / Ronald Reagan Doral Senior

200 Fly (13th), 800 Free Relay (10th)

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

Three-Meter Dive (14th)

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

800 Free Relay (10th)

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

800 Free Relay (10th)

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

800 Free Relay (10th)

 

NCAA Championship Participant

Aaron Tam

Doral, Fla. / Ronald Reagan Doral Senior

200 Fly (13th), 200 Free Relay (22nd), 400 Free Relay (18th), 800 Free Relay (10th)

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

One-Meter Dive (20th), Three-Meter Dive (14th)

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

500 Free (17th), 400 IM (26th), 1650 Free (18th), 200 Free Relay (22nd), 400 Free Relay (18th), 800 Free Relay (10th)

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

200 Free Relay (22nd), 400 Free Relay (18th), 800 Free Relay (10th)

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

200 Free (34th), 200 Back (27th), 200 Free Relay (22nd), 400 Free Relay (18th), 800 Free Relay (10th)

 

UAA Diver of the Year

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

 

UAA Champion

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

Three-Meter Dive

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

800 Free Relay

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

800 Free Relay

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

800 Free Relay

Aaron Tam

Doral, Fla. / Ronald Reagan Doral Senior

800 Free Relay

 

All-UAA

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

One-Meter Dive (2nd), Three-Meter Dive (1st)

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

400 IM (2nd), 800 Free Relay (1st)

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

800 Free Relay (1st)

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

200 Free (3rd), 200 Back (3rd), 800 Free Relay (1st)

Aaron Tam

Doral, Fla. / Ronald Reagan Doral Senior

800 Free Relay (1st)

 

UAA Athlete of the Week

Connor Farrell

Snoqualmie, Wash. / Fox Lane

Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 8, Feb. 1, Feb. 29, Mar. 21

Stefan Roeseler

Chicago, Ill. / Northside College Prep

Feb. 15



The following were top times/ marks by Spartan swimmers and divers during the 2015-16 season:

 

50 Free

Oliver Hudgins

21.21

UAA Championships

100 Free

Aaron Tam

46.05 *SR

NCAA Championships

200 Free

Oliver Hudgins

1:40.11 *SR

UAA Championships

500 Free

Drew Hamilton

4:31.18

UAA Championships

1000 Free

Drew Hamilton

9:52.20

vs. Gannon & Grove City

1650 Free

Keith Erichsen

16:00.83

UAA Championships

100 Back

Oliver Hudgins

51.59

UAA Championships

200 Back

Oliver Hudgins

1:50.00 *SR

UAA Championships

100 Breast

John Kilbane

58.05

UAA Championships

200 Breast

Evan Rose

2:08.67

UAA Championships

100 Fly

Aaron Tam

50.35

UAA Championships

200 Fly

Aaron Tam

1:49.76 *SR

NCAA Championships

200 IM

Drew Hamilton

1:54.21

Wooster Invitational

400 IM

Drew Hamilton

3:59.53

UAA Championships

1-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Connor Farrell

493.50 *SR

UAA Championships

3-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Connor Farrell

539.35 *SR

UAA Championships

200 Free Relay

Elliott Kerbel, Aaron Tam, Alec David, Oliver Hudgins

1:24.44

Wooster Invitational

400 Free Relay

Aaron Tam, Drew Hamilton, Oliver Hudgins, Elliott Kerbel

3:03.87 *SR

UAA Championships

800 Free Relay

Drew Hamilton, Aaron Tam, Oliver Hudgins, Andrew Henning

6:42.43 *SR

NCAA Championships

200 Medley Relay

Joe Jensen, Elliott Kerbel, Alec David, John Seiler

1:36.02

Wooster Invitational

400 Medley Relay

Oliver Hudgins, Elliott Kerbel, Aaron Tam, Drew Hamilton

3:25.82

UAA Championships

 

*SR – Indicates school record