Men’s Swimming & Diving
At the seven-team Transylvania invitational held over the weekend at the Lancaster Aquatic Center at the University of Kentucky, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team took fifth place, courtesy of key efforts from freshman Ben Parker, senior Nick Holvey and senior David Sved.
Parker had a big weekend, as he stole fourth place in the 400 IM, with a time of 4:25.28, seventh in the 500 free (4:58.49) and eighth in the 1650 free (17:40.09).
Parker was not the only one to have a strong finish for the Blue Streaks. Holvey tied the best individual finish by a Blue Streak on the men’s side. He finished third in the 100 free (47.38) to go along with a fifth-place showing in the 100 fly (52.98).
Another veteran swimmer who set the tone was Sved. The senior was third in the 50 free (22.00), fourth in the 100 free (48.10) and seventh in the 200 free (1:48.71).
The top event of the weekend was the 800 free relay. The Blue and Gold took third place as Parker, Holvey, Sved and freshman John Scantling combined for a time of 1:26.80.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the team title with 995 points, well ahead of runner-up Franklin College with 564.
The Blue Streaks will take a break before taking their talents to Florida to face off with Wells College on Jan. 7, 2014.
Women’s Swimming & Diving
Following a 131-53 victory over Defiance College on Nov. 16, the Blue Streaks received an opportunity to relax and prepare for the Transylvania Invitational on Dec. 7-8. The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team seized on that chance, posting a sixth place finish at the two-day event held at the Lancaster Aquatic Center at the University of Kentucky.
Sophmore Lindsay Fano had an exciting day for the Blue Streaks. Fano won the very first individual final of the tournament, as she got things rolling with a title in the 200 IM. Her winning time of 2:12.16 produced the lone first place finish by any individual member of the Blue Streak program, men or women.
That was not Fano’s only triumph of the day. The sophomore also picked up a slew of team points by finishing fourth in the 200 breast. Her time of 2.31.00 set a JCU program record.
Junior Victoria Watson posted a pair of top-three finishes, claiming second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free. Watson also picked up a fifth place in the 50 free.