Swimming teams capitalize on home-field advantage

December 6th, 2012

Men’s Swimming & Diving 


The Blue Streaks hosted Defiance and Wilmington Saturday at Johnson Natatorium before an impressive crowd. Out of action for three weeks since a 159-120 triumph over Baldwin Wallace, the Blue Streaks easily beat the Defiance Yellow Jackets, 157-11 and narrowly lost to the Quakers, 102-101 to improve JCU’s record to 3-4 on the season.

Junior David Sved was the catalyst for the Blue and Gold, propelling the team with two first place finishes. Sved captured wins in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, with times of 22.28 and 49.35, respectively.

Senior teammate Drew Edson picked up a key victory for the Blue Streaks in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.08. Edson finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, right behind Sved with a time of 49.80.

Freshman Jacob Crain (200-yard individual medley) and sophomore Michael Goggins (500-yard freestyle) also achieved victories on Saturday.

In the final race of the day, Sved, Edson, Crain and junior Zach Morris brought home a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay.


Women’s Swimming & Diving


The Blue and Gold dispatched both Defiance and Wilmington in convincing fashion at Johnson Natatorium on Saturday. With a 140-63 victory over the Quakers and a 173-21 triumph over the Yellow Jackets, JCU’s record improved to 5-2. The Blue Streaks boast a three-game winning streak dating back to November 10th when they defeated Baldwin Wallace, 161-133.

After winning the opening event, the 200-yard medley, the Blue and Gold never looked back. Senior Julia Adams captured the next event, the 1,000-yard freestyle, with a time of 11:30.23. She also won the 100-yard breaststroke event with a time of 1:11.54. Sophomore Karyn Adams took first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.13.

A number of other Blue Streaks also had first place finishes. Junior Rachel Libertin won the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 2:05.29. Sophomore Tori Watson continued her stellar season, taking home first place in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 25.71. Senior Rachael Minzer, 2009-10 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, wrapped up the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:40.64.

Editor’s Note: Both the men’s and swimming and diving teams faced off against Cleveland State, Canisius College and Notre Dame College on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Check out for results and a recap.