2019-20 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

2019-20 CWRU Women’s Swimming & Diving Season Recap

Five members of the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming and diving team earned entry to the 2020 NCAA Division III Championships, however the NCAA made the decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision by the NCAA was "based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities."

Junior Caitlyn VonFeldt, sophomore Sarah Krueger, sophomore Kelly Moton and sophomore Anna Smith earned entry to the field in the 400-yard medley relay, after swimming a time of 3:50.33 at the 2020 Midwest Invitational. Their time was good for the 19th-best seed time among relays entered in the event for the NCAA Championships.

VonFeldt also received entry to the 100-yard backstroke, as she was seeded 20th with a time of 56.23.

In addition, first-year Maria Pritchett was originally selected as an alternate for the 400-yard individual medley, but was later announced that she would be invited to the NCAA Championships. She earned entry to the field in the 400-yard individual medley, after swimming a time of 4:28.40 at the 2020 University Athletic Association Championships to place seventh in the event.

The Spartans had a number of standout performances at the 2020 UAA Championships in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to Pritchett's seventh-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, she also earned a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. During the preliminaries of the event, Pritchett set a new school record with a time of 2:05.87. That time bested her previous school record of 2:07.21 set at the 2019 Wooster Invitational in December.

VonFeldt and first-year Abby Halsdorfer also notched NCAA 'B' cut times throughout the championships. VonFeldt placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a 'B' cut time of 56.26, while Halsdorfer added a 10th place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 'B' cut time of 17:21.52. The Spartans totaled 666 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 NCAA 'B' cut times and a new school record were set by the women, as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of VonFeldt, sophomore Daniella Rupert, Krueger and Pritchett finished first in the event with a 'B' cut time of 1:35.63. VonFeldt and Krueger also teamed with Moton and Smith in the 400-yard medley relay to notch a 'B' cut and new school record time of 3:50.33 in a time trial.

In December, the Spartans finished first out of seven teams at the Wooster Invitational for the fifth-straight season, totaling 2,063 points to clear the second-place squad by more than 500 points. Case Western Reserve won eight individual events during the meet, with VonFeldt claiming first-place in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke, Halsdorfer won the 500-yard freestyle, Pritchett winning the 400-yard individual medley, Smith winning the 100-yard butterfly, Krueger winning the 200-yard freestyle, senior Olivia Picchione earning first in the 200-yard butterfly and first-year Johanna Pearson claiming the title in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

The Spartans finished the 2019-20 season with a 7-2 dual meet record, including three 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-American honors from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) with a team grade point average of 3.63 during the fall semester. Eighteen members of the Case Western Reserve women's swimming and diving team – junior Caroline Dudenhoeffer, sophomore Mary Eggers, sophomore Skye Fogle, sophomore C.J. Hill, Krueger, junior Olivia Love, sophomore Jackie Ngu, Olivia Picchione, senior Sienna Picchione, sophomore Kate Ptashnik, senior Rhiannon Reese, Rupert, sophomore Hailey Seibert, senior Corri Sept, Smith, senior Sarah Taekman, sophomore Emili Toppari and VonFeldt – received UAA Winter All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2019-20 season:

NCAA Championship Qualifier

Caitlyn VonFeldt

Kennesaw, Ga. / Haddam-Killingworth

100 Back, 400 Medley Relay

Sarah Krueger

Beaverton, Ore. / Valley Catholic

400 Medley Relay

Kelly Moton

Sunderland, Md. / Northern

400 Medley Relay

Anna Smith

South Lyon, Mich. / South Lyon East

400 Medley Relay

Maria Pritchett

Barrington, Ill. / Barrington

400 IM


The following were top times/ marks by Spartan swimmers and divers during the 2019-20 season:

50 Free

Daniella Rupert

24.03

Midwest Invitational

100 Free

Sarah Krueger

52.82

UAA Championships

200 Free

Abby Halsdorfer

1:54.11

UAA Championships

500 Free

Abby Halsdorfer

5:00.97

UAA Championships

1000 Free

Abby Halsdorfer

10:31.04

UAA Championships

1650 Free

Abby Halsdorfer

17:21.52

UAA Championships

100 Back

Caitlyn VonFeldt

56.23

Midwest Invitational

200 Back

Caitlyn VonFeldt

2:03.68

Wooster Invitational

100 Breast

Kelly Moton

1:06.15

UAA Championships

200 Breast

Kelly Moton

2:24.57

UAA Championships

100 Fly

Anna Smith

57.27

UAA Championships

200 Fly

Olivia Picchione

2:09.82

UAA Championships

200 IM

Maria Pritchett

2:05.87 *SR

UAA Championships

400 IM

Maria Pritchett

4:28.40 *SR

UAA Championships

1-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Hailey Seibert

334.90

UAA Championships

3-Meter Dive (11 Dives)

Hailey Seibert

347.70

UAA Championships

200 Free Relay

Daniella Rupert, Caitlyn VonFeldt, Maria Pritchett, Sarah Krueger

1:35.49

Midwest Invitational

400 Free Relay

Daniella Rupert, Caitlyn VonFeldt, Maria Pritchett, Sarah Krueger

3:33.28

UAA Championships

800 Free Relay

Abby Halsdorfer, Maria Pritchett, Daniella Rupert, Sarah Krueger

7:43.46

UAA Championships

200 Medley Relay

Caitlyn VonFeldt, Kelly Moton, Anna Smith, Sarah Krueger

1:45.93

UAA Championships

400 Medley Relay

Caitlyn VonFeldt, Kelly Moton, Anna Smith, Sarah Krueger

3:50.33 *SR

Midwest Invitational



*SR – Indicates school record