Both men and women’s swimming & diving squads down Defiance

November 25th, 2013

Men’s Swimming & Diving

The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team achieved its second win of the season with a resounding 133-52 victory over Defiance College on Saturday. The performance was remarkable considering the fact that 10 different JCU women’s swimmers earned first place finishes.

The day started with a hard-earned victory in the 200 medley relay by freshman Christine Gaab, sophomore Lindsey Fano, freshman Rachel Williams and junior Victoria Watson by finishing with a time of 2:02.51. Senior Rachael Libertin then went on to capture first in the 1,000 free with a time of 11:32.45.

The next win came from freshman Amanda Casamatta, who claimed victory in the 50 free, clocking in at 27.12 seconds. Sophomore Ann Murphy finished close behind, earning a second place finish in the event.

Casamatta built on that success with another victory, this time in the 500 free, with a time of 5:56.77.

Senior Lindsay Eddingfield helped JCU continue on the road to victory, with a strong showing in the 100 fly. The senior won the event with a time of 1:09.80.

Fano then came back to the water for another impressive performance, earning a win in the 100 free in a time of 56:61. Both Watson and junior Katie Lucey added support for Fano, as Watson and Lucey came in second and third, respectively.

The Blue Streaks concluded the day in strong fashion. Freshman Margaret Zagrobelny won the 100 back,  with a time of 1:08.20, and freshman Samantha Clark dominated the diving board. Clark won both the one and three meter dives to cap off a highly successful day for the Blue and Gold.


Women’s Swimming & Diving

The John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving squad emerged with a strong performance on the road on Saturday with a 131-53 win over Defiance College. The win marked the team’s first Ohio Athletic Conference victory of the year, as the Blue Streaks dominated from start to finish, winning the first nine races of the meet.

The day started with JCU claiming an unopposed victory in 200 medley relay. Junior Anton Olson claimed the victory in the next event, the 100 free, with a strong time of 11:42.53. His partner in crime, junior Chris Libertin, backed him up, coming in with the second place finish.

Freshman Corey Kehm provided even more support for the Blue Streaks. Kehm’s time of a 1:55.19 captured first place in the 200 free, while juniors Michael Goggins and Nick Bockanic took home second and fourth place, respectively. Senior Nick Holvey also had an impressive day, winning his first two races of the day. He captured the 50 free with a time of 22.53 seconds, but he was not finished. Holvey continued on to win first in the 100 fly with a time of 55.27.

In one of the most exciting races of the day, sophomore Jacob Crain managed to rally late to overcome a three-second deficit, bringing home the win in the 200 IM. His final time of 2:12.16 barely bested Defiance swimmer Dylan Taylor’s time of 2:12.74.

The day concluded with even more good showings. Kehm won the 100 free, senior David Sved took the 100 back and Goggins claimed the 100 breast. Freshman Douglas Hinchen also had a solid day, anchoring the diving team by finishing first in both the one and three-meter dives.