John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup

November 15th, 2012

Men’s Cross Country

The Blue Streaks captured an impressive ninth place finish in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Anderson University in Alexandria, Ind.

Led by freshman Patrick O’Brien (25:55.44), the Blue and Gold made a concerted effort to get out to a quick start. “We wanted to go out fast since we went out so slow at conference,” O’Brien said. JCU did just that, and didn’t let off the gas pedal for the rest of the race.

O’Brien, who took home All-Region honors with a 25th place finish, was followed by senior captains Nick Wojtasik (65th) and Pat Burns (69th).

“I think the guys fought pretty tough,”  JCU assistant coach Christin Handley said after the match.

Women’s Cross Country

With junior Gabriella Kreuz and sophomore Emily Mapes at the front of the pack, the Blue Streaks claimed eighth place at the Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Anderson University.

After a disappointing third place finish in the OAC Championships, the Blue and Gold were determined to leave it all on the course. Both Kreuz and Mapes, who finished 20th and 25th respectively, certainly did so, earning All-Region honors. “I think we did well. It’s tough, we’re tired, we’ve been fighting for a long time,” Kreuz said.

Freshman Hanna Sterle (71st) and junior Caroline Kapela (77th) also ran solid races. Despite the best efforts of the top four runners and the rest of the team, the squad barely missed out on a National Championship berth.


Men’s Swimming and Diving

Though the Blue Streaks got out to a rough start with a 125-90 loss to Mount Union on Friday, Nov. 9, JCU recovered with a 159-129 victory over the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Blue and Gold notched three first place finishes in four events on Friday, but the Purple Raiders roster had too much depth for JCU. Junior Nick Holvey (the 100-yard freestyle) and freshman Filip Crncek (100-yard breaststroke) both took home individual first place honors.

The script was flipped against the Yellow Jackets, as numerous Blue Streaks posted impressive performances. Among the best were freshman Jacob Crain (100 and 200-yard butterfly) and senior Drew Edson, who each captured two first place finishes.


Women’s Swimming and Diving

The women’s team was defeated on Friday by Mount Union, but prevailed over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday. Both Blue Streaks teams also took fifth place in the Cleveland Championships.

Sophomore Victoria Watson (200-yard freestyle), senior Julia  Adams (200-yard individual medley) and sophomore Danielle Ketterer (one-meter diving) all had first place finishes in JCU’s 133-104 loss to the Purple Raiders. Adams (200-yard freestyle) and Watson (50-yard freestyle) again captured wins in a 161-133 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Karyn Adams (100-yard backstroke), freshman Lindsey Fano (1,650-yard freestyle) and junior Rachel Libertin (500-yard freestyle) also finished in first to help JCU’s cause.