2018-19 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

2018-19 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

Senior Suhan Mestha of the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming and diving team claimed an individual All-America honorable mention certificate at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Spartans capped off an outstanding 2018-19 campaign with a 46th-place finish in the nation.

Mestha recorded the individual All-America honorable mention finish at the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, as she finished 14th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.62. Case Western Reserve totaled three points at the meet, leading to the 46th-place finish.

The Spartans' success at the NCAA Championships, followed a number of standout performances at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships in Chicago, Illinois. Mestha earned All-UAA honors with third-place finishes in both the 100-yard backstroke (56.81) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.19), and qualified for five NCAA Division III 'B' cut times. The Spartans totaled 697 points during the UAA Championships to finish sixth at the annual conference meet.

In addition to the Spartans' success at the UAA Championships, a small squad of CWRU swimmers competed at the two-day Midwest Invitational the following weekend in Chicago, Illinois. Two school records were broken during the meet by the women, as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Mestha, senior Renee Decker, sophomore Caitlyn VonFeldt and freshman Daniella Rupert finished first in the event with a new school record and NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:34.95. Mestha and VonFeldt also teamed with senior Alexa Simoneau and freshman Anna Smith in the 400-yard medley relay to finish first in the event with a school record and 'B' cut time of 3:50.41.

In December, the Spartans finished first out of 11 teams at the Wooster Invitational for the fourth-straight season, totaling 2,163 points to clear the second-place squad by more than 900 points. Case Western Reserve won nine events during the meet, with Mestha claiming first-place in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, VonFeldt won the 200-yard backstroke, junior Olivia Picchione winning the 200-yard butterfly, Smith winning the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard medley relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Smith and senior Alli Drohosky claiming the title in the event, the 800-yard freestyle relay of Olivia Picchione, Drohosky, Rupert and freshman Sarah Krueger earning first in the event and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Mestha, VonFeldt, Rupert and Krueger claiming the title in the event.

The Spartans finished the 2018-19 season with a 9-2 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 3.64 during the fall semester. Nineteen members of the Case Western Reserve women's swimming and diving team – junior Adi Alkalay, senior Sydney Anderson, senior Vera Bostwick, Decker, Drohosky, sophomore Caroline Dudenhoeffer, senior Kelsey Holmberg, senior Lauren Homack, sophomore Olivia Love, Mestha, Olivia Picchione, junior Sienna Picchione, junior Rhiannon Reese, junior Corri Sept, Simoneau, junior Sarah Taekman, sophomore Sophia Vaccaro, junior Elizabeth Ye and senior Karine Zeidan – received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2018-19 season:

All-America Honorable Mention

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

50 Free (14th)

 

NCAA Championship Participant

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

50 Free (14th), 100 Back (30th), 100 Free (25th), 200 Medley Relay (27th),200 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (24th), 400 Free Relay (25th)

Renee Decker

Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area

200 Medley Relay (27th),200 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (24th), 400 Free Relay (25th)

Caitlyn VonFeldt

Kennesaw, Ga. / Haddam-Killingworth

200 Medley Relay (27th),200 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (24th), 400 Free Relay (25th)

Daniella Rupert

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Father Gabriel Richard

200 Medley Relay (27th),200 Free Relay (18th), 400 Medley Relay (24th), 400 Free Relay (25th)

 

All-UAA

Suhan Mestha

Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport

100 Back (3rd), 100 Free (3rd)

 

The following were top times/ marks by Spartan swimmers and divers during the 2018-19 season:

50 Free

Suhan Mestha

23.42 *SR

Wooster Invitational

100 Free

Suhan Mestha

51.03

Wooster Invitational

200 Free

Daniella Rupert

1:56.23

UAA Championships

500 Free

Sarah Krueger

5:11.38

UAA Championships

1000 Free

Sarah Krueger

10:50.97

vs. Notre Dame College

1650 Free

Sarah Krueger

18:02.22

UAA Championships

100 Back

Suhan Mestha

56.17

Wooster Invitational

200 Back

Caitlyn VonFeldt

2:03.72

Wooster Invitational

100 Breast

Alexa Simoneau

1:06.39

Midwest Invitational

200 Breast

Sarah Taekman

2:24.74

UAA Championships

100 Fly

Anna Smith

57.02

Wooster Invitational

200 Fly

Olivia Picchione

2:10.18

vs. Carnegie Mellon

200 IM

Julia Ver Voort

2:10.62

UAA Championships

400 IM

Julia Ver Voort

4:37.22

UAA Championships

1-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Hailey Seibert

341.60

Wooster Invitational

3-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Hailey Seibert

384.75

Wooster Invitational

200 Free Relay

Suhan MesthaCaitlyn VonFeldtRenee DeckerDaniella Rupert

1:34.95 *SR

Midwest Invitational

400 Free Relay

Suhan MesthaCaitlyn VonFeldtRenee DeckerDaniella Rupert

3:30.62

UAA Championships

800 Free Relay

Alexa SimoneauOlivia Picchione, Daniella RupertSarah Krueger

7:56.94

UAA Championships

200 Medley Relay

Suhan MesthaAlli DrohoskyAnna SmithCaitlyn VonFeldt

1:44.70

Midwest Invitational

400 Medley Relay

Suhan MesthaAlexa Simoneau, Anna SmithCaitlyn VonFeldt

3:50.41 *SR

Midwest Invitational


 

*SR – Indicates school record