Hamilton Notches NCAA ‘B’ Cut during Second Day of Wooster Invite

Hamilton Notches NCAA ‘B’ Cut during Second Day of Wooster Invite

Case Western Reserve University junior Drew Hamilton recorded an NCAA Division III 'B' cut time during the second day of competition at the Wooster Invitational, as both the men's and women's squads sit in first place at the meet.

The men have scored 1,089 points through two days to lead second-place Westminster (869) and third place Gannon (814). The women have totaled 1,205 points to lead second-place Edinboro (922) and third-place Westminster (757). A total of nine men's teams and 10 women's teams are in action at the meet.

Hamilton paced the squad in the 400-yard individual medley, winning the event with a 'B' cut time of 4:02.75. It marked his first 'B' cut of the meet. He was one of four Spartans to qualify for the 'A' final of the event, along with sophomore Keith Erichsen (fifth, 4:12.71), senior David Merriman (sixth, 4:14.89) and freshman Tom Schlechter (seventh, 4:16.30).

Other 'A' final finishers for the Spartan men on Friday included freshman John Libert (second, 50.86) and junior Aaron Pang (third, 51.23) in the 100-yard butterfly, senior Andrew Henning (second, 1:42.39), junior Oliver Hudgins (fifth, 1:43.73) and sophomore Brody Schmidt (sixth, 1:44.20) in the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Mason Beck (second, 58.23) and junior John Kilbane (third, 58.59) in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Libert (eighth, 53.83) in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Spartans men's 800-yard freestyle relay of Hamilton, Hudgins, Henning and Schmidt added a first-place finish with a time of 6:52.41.

Sophomore Neil Orton finished second in the men's three-meter dive with a score of 333.60.

The Spartan women were particularly strong in both the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke, finishing with four 'A' final finishers in the 400-yard IM and three 'A' final finishers in the 100-yard back. The 400-yard IM 'A' final finishers were freshman Julia Ver Voort (third, 4:44.19), freshman Olivia Picchione (fifth, 4:47.26), senior Selena Mufti (sixth, 4:51.97) and junior Taylor Johnson (eighth, 4:54.82). The 100-yard back 'A' final finishers were sophomore Bhavya Kumaran (third, 1:00.19), sophomore Ashley Schuett (fifth, 1:01.18) and freshman Victoria Schoenig (seventh, 1:02.04).

Other 'A' final finishers for the Spartan women on Friday included sophomore Casey Crowley (fourth,58.66) and freshman Monica Khare (seventh, 59.22) in the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Lauren Homack (fourth, 1:58.25) and sophomore Kelsey Holmberg (fifth, 1:58.36) in the 200-yard freestyle, and sophomore Alli Drohosky (sixth, 1:09.16) in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Spartans women's 200-yard medley relay of Kumaran, Drohosky, Crowley and junior Jennifer Eurich added a second-place finish with a time of 1:47.53.

Junior Brooke Hortness finished third in the women's one-meter dive with a score 346.60.

Action at the Wooster Invitational will conclude on Saturday, with the preliminaries starting at 10:00 a.m., and finals at 5:00 p.m.