2016-17 CWRU Men’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

2016-17 CWRU Men’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

Members of the Case Western Reserve University men's swimming and diving team totaled two All-America honorable mention certificates at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Spartans capped off an outstanding 2016-17 campaign with a 40th-place finish in the nation.

Junior Drew Hamilton recorded two individual All-America honorable mention finishes at the NCAA Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. He finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.51, and ninth in the 400-yard individual medley in a school-record time of 3:57.85. Hamilton now has collected five All-American certificates in his career, including the two earned during this year's championships. Altogether, Case Western Reserve competitors totaled 11 points at the meet, leading to the 40th-place finish.

The Spartans' success at the NCAA Championships, followed a number of standout performances at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships in Chicago, Illinois. Junior Oliver Hudgins placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.68 and also broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke en route to placing second in the event with a time of 1:48.79. That time bested his previous school record of 1:50.00 set at the 2016 UAA Championships. In addition, the Spartans 800-yard freestyle relay of Hamilton, Hudgins, senior Andrew Henning and sophomore Brody Schmidt finished second in the event with a time of 6:45.24.

One other school record fell for the Spartans at the UAA Championships. The Spartans 400-yard medley relay of Hudgins, Hamilton, freshman Mason Beck and freshman John Libert placed fifth with a time of 3:25.47. Hudgins' 100-yard backstroke time in the relay broke the program record in the event with a time of 51.40, besting the previous record of 51.47 set back in 2014.

The Spartans totaled 786 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 seventh-straight season, totaling 1,618 points to clear the second-place squad by more than 400 points. Case Western Reserve won five events during the meet, with Hamilton claiming first-place in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, senior David Merriman winning the 1,650-yard freestyle, Beck winning the 200-yard breaststroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay of Hamilton, Hudgins Henning and Schmidt claiming the title in the event.

The Spartans finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-2 dual meet record, including eight consecutive wins to end the season.

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 3.61 during the spring semester, the fifth highest among Division III teams. In addition, Henning and Hamilton received individual Scholar All-America honors from the CSCAA, while sophomore Keith Erichsen was an honorable mention to the Scholar All-America team. Thirteen members of the Case Western Reserve men's swimming and diving team – Erichsen, Hamilton, Henning, junior John Kilbane, junior Ondrej Maxian, sophomore Vinicius Okada da Silva, sophomore Neil Orton, junior Aaron Pang, junior Evan Rose, Schmidt, sophomore Jared Shanks, junior Logan Smith and senior John Tomko – received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2016-17 season:

All-America Honorable Mention

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

400 IM (9th), 500 Free (15th)

 

NCAA Championship Participant

Brody Schmidt

Pittsburgh, Pa. / Chartiers Valley

200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Medley Relay (21st), 800 Free Relay (18th), 400 Free Relay (21st)

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

500 Free (15th), 400 IM (9th), 1650 Free (19th), 200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Free Relay (21st), 800 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (21st)

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Free Relay (21st), 800 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (21st)

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

200 Back (24th), 200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Free Relay (21st), 800 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (21st)

 

All-UAA

Drew Hamilton

Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin

800 Free Relay (2nd)

Andrew Henning

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron

800 Free Relay (2nd)

Oliver Hudgins

Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill

200 Free (3rd), 200 Back (2nd), 800 Free Relay (2nd)

Brody Schmidt

Pittsburgh, Pa. / Chartiers Valley

800 Free Relay (2nd)



The following were top times/ marks by Spartan swimmers and divers during the 2016-17 season:

50 Free

Oliver Hudgins

21.00

UAA Championships

100 Free

Oliver Hudgins

46.07

NCAA Championships

200 Free

Drew Hamilton

1:39.84 *SR

NCAA Championships

500 Free

Drew Hamilton

4:30.41

NCAA Championships

1000 Free

Keith Erichsen

9:57.31

vs. ONU & Hilllsdale

1650 Free

Drew Hamilton

16:03.26

UAA Championships

100 Back

Oliver Hudgins

51.40 *SR

UAA Championships

200 Back

Oliver Hudgins

1:48.79 *SR

UAA Championships

100 Breast

Mason Beck

57.29

UAA Championships

200 Breast

Mason Beck

2:05.60

UAA Championships

100 Fly

Oliver Hudgins

50.31

Midwest Invitational

200 Fly

Aaron Pang

1:53.45

Wooster Invitational

200 IM

Mason Beck

1:55.91

UAA Championships

400 IM

Drew Hamilton

3:57.85 *SR

NCAA Championships

1-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Neil Orton

342.15

UAA Championships

3-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Neil Orton

349.10

UAA Championships

200 Free Relay

Brody Schmidt, Drew HamiltonAndrew Henning, Oliver Hudgins

1:24.50

UAA Championships

400 Free Relay

Brody Schmidt, Drew Hamilton, Andrew Henning, Oliver Hudgins

3:05.44

UAA Championships

800 Free Relay

Brody Schmidt, Drew Hamilton, Andrew Henning, Oliver Hudgins

6:45.24

UAA Championships

200 Medley Relay

John Libert, John Kilbane, Aaron Pang, Brody Schmidt

1:35.21

Wooster Invitational

400 Medley Relay

Oliver Hudgins, Mason Beck, John Libert, Drew Hamilton

3:25.47

UAA Championships

 

*SR – Indicates school record