The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams each picked up wins in their season-opening competition on Saturday, with the men claiming a 211.5-76.5 win over John Carroll University, and the women earning a 215-76 victory against the Blue Streaks.
Four Spartan women claimed wins in multiple events on Saturday. Sophomore Olivia Picchione won the 200-yard butterfly with a career-best time of 2:12.16 and the 200-yard individual medley with a mark of 2:13.91. Junior Suhan Mestha finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (59.14) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:08.99). Freshman Sophia Vaccaro added first-place finishes in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:00.81) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.90), while freshman Vanya Ruppart won the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.23) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.33).
Also notching top finishes in the events for the Spartan women were sophomore Monica Khare in the 100-yard butterfly (59.93), freshman Caroline Dudenhoeffer in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.85), and junior Sydney Anderson swept the diving events with a score of 168.83 in the one-meter dive, and 165.08 in the three-meter dive. CWRU also had a first-place finish from its women's 400-yard medley relay team of Mestha, Olivia Picchione, junior Alli Drohosky and senior Jennifer Eurich (4:03.98), as well as their 400-yard freestyle relay team of Mestha, Ruppart, Eurich and junior Kelsey Holmberg (3:43.31).
For the men, junior Keith Erichsen won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a mark of 10:00.78 and the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 4:53.46. Freshman Sean Twomey added first place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.77) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.16), while freshman Will McDonald won the 100-yard backstroke (54.76) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.16).
Other first-place finishers for the CWRU men includes senior Drew Hamilton in the 100-yard freestyle (48.65), senior Oliver Hudgins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.98), senior Aaron Pang in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.62), and freshman Cassiel Yuzik swept the diving events with a score of 211.43 in the one-meter dive, and 183.68 in the three-meter dive. CWRU also had a first-place finish from its 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hamilton, Hudgins, senior John Tomko and junior Brody Schmidt (3:14.14).
The Spartans will be back in action next weekend, as they travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m.