The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams will kick off their 2019-20 campaign this weekend, when the Spartans prepare to host Baldwin Wallace University for the Spartan Relay Meet on Friday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Four Spartan women qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships last year in Greensboro, North Carolina. Junior Caitlyn VonFeldt, sophomore Daniella Rupert and former Spartans Suhan Mestha and Renee Decker each competed during the four-day meet, as CWRU totaled three points and placed 46th.
The Spartans' success at the NCAA Championships, followed a number of standout performances at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships in Chicago, Illinois. CWRU totaled 697 points during the UAA Championships to finish sixth at the annual conference meet.
VonFeldt and Rupert are scheduled to return to lead the Spartans this season. VonFeldt will be looking to improve on her school-record time in the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.47) and also her time of 56.42 in the 100-yard backstroke which currently ranks second in program history. In addition, Rupert will look to improve on her fourth-place time in the 50 Free (24.22), eighth-place time in the 100 Free (53.39) and 10th-place time in the 200 Free (1:56.23).
Other returners for the Spartans who will begin the season with top-10 times in school history include senior Sarah Taekman (first in the 200 Breast, 2:24.50; seventh in the 100 Breast, 1:07.53; sixth in the 400 IM, 4:37.43), sophomore Sarah Krueger (seventh in the 500 Free, 5:11.38; seventh in the 1650 Free, 18:02.22), sophomore Anna Smith (third in the 100 Fly, 57.02; fourth in the 100 Back, 58.25), senior Olivia Picchione (seventh in the 100 Fly, 58.82; seventh in the 200 Fly, 2:09.91; ninth in the 200 IM, 2:11.99), sophomore Skye Fogle (ninth in the 100 Fly, 59.21), junior Olivia Love (sixth in the 100 Back, 58.91), sophomore Jackie Ngu (eighth in the 100 Back, 1:00.31; fifth in the 200 Back, 2:09.20), sophomore Kelly Moton (eighth in the 100 Breast, 1:08.24), senior Elizabeth Ye (ninth in the 100 Breast, 1:08.26; seventh in the 200 Breast, 2:27.00), junior Caroline Dudenhoeffer (eighth in the 200 Breast, 2:27.38) and senior Julia Ver Voort (fifth in the 200 IM, 2:10.62; fifth in the 400 IM, 4:37.22).
Taekman, Olivia Picchione and senior Sienna Picchione are slated to serve as captains of the women's squad during the 2019-20 campaign.
The CWRU men finished the 2018-19 season with an 8-2 dual meet record, and placed sixth at the 2019 UAA Championships.
CWRU men returning this season with top-10 times in the programs record book include junior Will McDonald in the 100 Back (51.22, best in CWRU history), 200 Back (1:50.42, second-best in CWRU history) and 200 IM (1:55.80, eighth-best in CWRU history), sophomore Calvin Tecson in the 100 IM (52.60, best in CWRU history) and 50 Free (21.01, fifth-best in CWRU history), sophomore Neil Wible in the 100 Free (46.52, eight-best in CWRU history) and 200 Free (1:42.10, seventh-best in CWRU history), sophomore Michael Clough in the 200 Fly (1:53.35, sixth-best in CWRU history) and 100 Back (52.07, sixth-best in CWRU history), junior Jakob Woerner in the 200 Fly (1:53.51, eighth-best in CWRU history), sophomore Nicholas Schoenig in the 100 Back (51.66, fourth-best in CWRU history), junior Dakota Weinman in the 100 Back (52.53, ninth-best in CWRU history) and 200 Back (1:52.54, third-best in CWRU history), sophomore Ryan Gilbert in the 200 Back (1:53.60, seventh-best in CWRU history), junior Sean Twomey in the 200 Breast (2:06.71, seventh-best in CWRU history), 200 IM (1:54.27, third-best in CWRU history) and 400 IM (4:04.70, second-best in CWRU history), sophomore Michael Schiml in the 200 Breast (2:08.42, 10th-best in CWRU history), sophomore Ryan Gorman in the 200 IM (1:55.76, seventh-best in CWRU history) and 400 IM (4:06.36, fifth-best in CWRU history) and junior Kyle Barclay in the 400 IM (4:07.73, eighth-best in CWRU history).
The Spartans will open their campaign on Friday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m. against Baldwin Wallace University. The Spartan Relay Meet order of events are as follows: 300 Butterfly Relay, 300 Backstroke Relay, 300 Breaststroke Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay, One-meter diving relay, 500 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, 1,500 Freestyle Relay, Three-meter diving relay, 400 Individual Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay.
CWRU will then return to action on Saturday, October 26th when they face Carnegie Mellon University in a road dual meet. The Spartans are scheduled to have 10 dual meets during the 2019-20 season.
Other key meets for the team include the Wooster Invitational from December 5th-7th and the UAA Championships from February 12th-15th at the University of Chicago. The NCAA Diving Zone Meet is scheduled for February 28th-29th, with qualifying swimmers and divers moving on to the NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 18th-21st.