2017-18 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

2017-18 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

Members of the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming and diving team totaled five All-America honorable mention certificates at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Spartans capped off an outstanding 2017-18 campaign with a 34th-place finish in the nation.

Junior Suhan Mestha recorded an individual All-America honorable mention finish at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, as she finished 14th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.10. Mestha also teamed with senior Inez Moore, junior Alli Drohosky and freshman Caitlyn VonFeldt to place 14th in the 200-yard medley relay with a mark of 1:44.62. Altogether, Case Western Reserve competitors totaled nine points at the meet, leading to the 34th-place finish.

The Spartans' success at the NCAA Championships, followed a number of standout performances at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Mestha earned All-UAA honors with third-place finishes in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.62) and the 100-yard backstroke (56.09), and set a new school-record with her time in the 100 Back. In addition, the Spartan's 400-yard freestyle relay of Mestha, Moore, VonFeldt and freshman Vanya Ruppart claimed a third-place finish in the event with a new school-record time of 3:28.84.

Four other school records fell for the Spartans at the UAA Championships. The Spartans 200-yard freestyle relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Moore and junior Bhavya Kumaran placed fifth in the event with a school-record time of 1:36.32 and the 400-yard medley relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Drohosky and sophomore Monica Khare finished sixth in the event with a school-record time of 3:52.83. VonFeldt also set a school record in the 200-yard backstroke after she finished ninth in the event with a time of 2:01.47, while sophomore Sarah Taekman earned a school-record time of 2:24.50 in the 200-yard breaststroke after finishing 13th in the event.

The Spartans totaled 740.50 points during the UAA Championships to finish sixth at the annual conference meet.

In December, the Spartans finished first out of 11 teams at the Wooster Invitational for the third-straight season, totaling 1,984.5 points to clear the second-place squad by more than 600 points. Case Western Reserve won seven events during the meet, with Mestha claiming first-place in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Rhiannon Reese won the 100-yard individual medley, the 400-yard medley relay of Mestha, VonFeldy, Drohosky and Khare claiming the title in the event, the 200-yard medley relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Drohosky and Khare winning the event, the 800-yard freestyle relay of Mestha, Ruppart, junior Kelsey Holmberg and sophomore Olivia Picchione earning first in the event and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Ruppart and senior Jennifer Eurich claiming the title in the event.

The Spartans finished the 2017-18 season with a 10-2 dual meet record, including four 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 3.54 during the fall semester. Twenty-one members of the Case Western Reserve women's swimming and diving team – sophomore Adi Alkalay, junior Sydney Anderson, junior Vera Bostwick, junior Renee Decker, senior Abigail Dessart, Drohosky, Eurich, senior Kaitlyn Gorski, Holmberg, junior Lauren Homack, senior Brooke Hortness, senior Taylor Johnson, Mestha, senior Mary Katherine Miller, Olivia Picchione, sophomore Sienna Picchione, sophomore Corri Sept, junior Alexa Simoneau, Taekman, sophomore Elizabeth Ye and junior Karine Zeidan – received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2017-18 season:

All-America Honorable Mention

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

200 Back (14th), 200 Medley Relay (14th)

Inez Moore

Lakewood, Colo. / D'Evelyn

200 Medley Relay (14th)

Alli Drohosky

Pottstown, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts

200 Medley Relay (14th)

Caitlyn VonFeldt

Kennesaw, Ga. / Haddam-Killingworth

200 Medley Relay (14th)

 

NCAA Championship Participant

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

200 Medley Relay (14th), 50 Free (19th), 200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Medley Relay (22nd), 100 Back (27th), 200 Back (14th), 400 Free Relay (24th)

Inez Moore

Lakewood, Colo. / D'Evelyn

200 Medley Relay (14th), 200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Medley Relay (22nd), 400 Free Relay (24th)

Alli Drohosky

Pottstown, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts

200 Medley Relay (14th), 400 Medley Relay (22nd)

Caitlyn VonFeldt

Kennesaw, Ga. / Haddam-Killingworth

200 Medley Relay (14th), 50 Free (55th), 200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Medley Relay (22nd), 100 Back (33rd), 200 Back (30th), 400 Free Relay (24th)

Vanya Ruppart

Niles, Mich. / Niles Senior

200 Free Relay (23rd), 400 Free Relay (24th)

 

All-UAA

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

50 Free (3rd), 100 Back (3rd), 400 Free Relay (3rd)

Inez Moore

Lakewood, Colo. / D'Evelyn

400 Free Relay (3rd)

Caitlyn VonFeldt

Kennesaw, Ga. / Haddam-Killingworth

400 Free Relay (3rd)

Vanya Ruppart

Niles, Mich. / Niles Senior

400 Free Relay (3rd)

 

The following were top times/ marks by Spartan swimmers and divers during the 2017-18 season:

50 Free

Suhan Mestha

23.56

Midwest Invitational

100 Free

Suhan Mestha

51.09

UAA Championships

200 Free

Vanya Ruppart

1:55.88

Wooster Invitational

500 Free

Kelsey Holmberg

5:17.47

UAA Championships

1000 Free

Sophia Vaccaro

10:55.39

Wooster Invitational

1650 Free

Sophia Vaccaro

18:10.95

Wooster Invitational

100 Back

Suhan Mestha

56.09 *SR

UAA Championships

200 Back

Caitlyn VonFeldt

2:01.47 *SR

UAA Championships

100 Breast

Alexa Simoneau

1:07.22

UAA Championships

200 Breast

Sarah Taekman

2:24.50 *SR

UAA Championships

100 Fly

Inez Moore

57.82

UAA Championships

200 Fly

Olivia Picchione

2:09.91

UAA Championships

200 IM

Olivia Picchione

2:11.99

UAA Championships

400 IM

Sarah Taekman

4:39.52

UAA Championships

1-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Brooke Hortness

364.50

UAA Championships

3-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Brooke Hortness

387.85

Wooster Invitational

200 Free Relay

Suhan MesthaCaitlyn VonFeldtBhavya KumaranInez Moore

1:36.32 *SR

UAA Championships

400 Free Relay

Suhan Mestha, Inez MooreCaitlyn VonFeldtVanya Ruppart

3:28.84 *SR

UAA Championships

800 Free Relay

Suhan MesthaOlivia Picchione, Vanya RuppartKelsey Holmberg

7:49.62

Wooster Invitational

200 Medley Relay

Suhan MesthaAlli DrohoskyInez MooreCaitlyn VonFeldt

1:44.02 *SR

Midwest Invitational

400 Medley Relay

Suhan MesthaAlli Drohosky, Monica KhareCaitlyn VonFeldt

3:52.83 *SR

UAA Championships

 

*SR – Indicates school record