A small squad of Case Western Reserve University swimmers finished competition on Saturday at the two-day Midwest Invitational, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
The Spartan women in action totaled 405 points to help the team finish second, while the CWRU men combined for 180 points for a fourth-place finish.
For the women, sophomore Ashley Schuett finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.68), fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (55.09) and notched a ninth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (25.32). Freshman Becca Segel placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.05), sixth in the 200-yard IM (2:18.60, career-best time) and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.81). Junior Kaitlyn Gorski added a third-place finish in the 1,650-yrad freestyle (18:45.91), a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.29), and a seventh-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.15, season-best time). Rounding out the top women's individual performances, freshman Joanne Tan finished fifth in the 200-yard IM (2:16.53), seventh in the 200-yard backstroke (2:17.13) and ninth in the 400-yard IM (4:57.52).
Gorski and Tan also teamed with junior Abigail Dessart and freshman Karine Zeidan in the 400-yard medley relay to finish second with a time of 4:24.64. Additionally, Schuett and Segel teamed with freshman Erin Hartmann and senior Selena Mufti in the 200-yard freestyle relay to finish fifth with a time of 1:45.91.
For the men, freshman Eli Rose recorded a career-best time of 4:37.34 in the 500-yrad freestyle to finish ninth in the event. Junior John Kilbane added a time of 59.33 in the 100-yard breaststroke to finish second in the event. Junior Oliver Hudgins also contributed a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.62) and a fourth-place finish in the 50-yrad freestyle (21.54).
Rose, Kilbane and Hudgins teamed with sophomore Brody Schmidt in the 400-yard medley relay to finish third in the event with a time of 3:35.70, while Kilbane teamed with senior Andrew Henning, junior Tommy Petro and freshman Konrad Katterle in the 200-yard medley relay to finish fourth with a time of 1:39.49.
Case Western Reserve will now turn their attention towards the NCAA Division III Championships. Swimming selection to the NCAA Championships are slated to be released on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m., while NCAA Diving Regionals are scheduled for Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.