Men’s Swimming & Diving
Hitting the road on Friday, Jan. 17, the John Carroll University swimming and diving squads began 2014 with a road meet at Wilmington College. The Blue Streaks were unable to start the year on a positive note, dropping a close 119-86 decision to Wilmington.
Only a few JCU swimmers emerged with wins on Friday. Freshman Gabe Nock took home gold in the 50 free (24.84). JCU’s 200 free relay team of Nock, freshman John Scantling and seniors David Sved and Nick Holvey combined for a winning time of 1:40.78.
Returning home to the Johnson Natatorium, the Blue Streaks looked for redemption on Saturday. They went head-to-head with head coach Mark Fino’s former team, Oberlin College. Despite three top finishers, the Blue and Gold fell 149-91 to Oberlin, dropping their sixth meet of the season.
Sved found the top of the podium tower first for the Blue Streaks on Saturday with a time of 1:49.95 in the 200 free. Coming into the final stretch, Sved had a narrow lead over Oberlin’s Chris Pickens. Sved barely hung on with a winning margin of less than one second.
Sved, Holvey, Nock and Scantaling also took first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:28.70.
Nock again found the winning podium in the 50 free, finishing with a time of 22.31.
An impressive finish from Holvey in the 100-yard free style was the difference in his first place finish. With a time of 48 seconds, the senior was added to the list of top finishers for the Blue Streaks on Saturday.
Despite the tough losses, the Blue and Gold are working hard heading into the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
“The team is looking very good,” Sved said of the squad. “We are fighting through these last weeks of training and the last two dual meets.”
Women’s Swimming & Diving
After a Friday night victory over Wilmington College, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving squad returned home to the friendly waters of the Johnson Natatorium looking for a victory over Oberlin College. Despite senior Rachael Libertin’s first place finish in the 1,000 free and 200 butterfly, the women fell 131-92 to Oberlin on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Fresh off Friday’s win, JCU came home with momentum on their side. A key victory against Wilmington, fueled by junior Katii Sheffield and Libertin, set the stage for Saturday’s matchup with the Yeowomen.
Libertin found the first place podium twice, winning both the 1,000 free (11:13.75) and the 200 butterfly (2:19.73).
Junior Tori Watson also claimed two victories. She finished first in both the 100 and 200 free, while sophomore diver Samantha Clark won the one and three-meter dives.
The team of freshman Amanda Casamatta, senior Lindsay Ettingfield, sophomore Ann Murphy and Sheffield led the Blue Streaks to victory in the final event of the afternoon, the 200 free relay, clocking in at 1:45.73.
Falling to the Yeowomen 131-92, the Blue and Gold dropped to 3-6 on the year.
Sophomore Lindsey Fano, part of the second place 200 medley relay, said the team is improving on the small things in practice.
“One specific thing we keep talking about is having good turns and pushing off the wall with a lot of power,” Fano said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to transfer these small, important details from practice into our races.”