John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup

January 29th, 2014

Men’s Track & Field


The John Carroll University men’s indoor track and field team traveled into enemy territory on Friday, Jan. 24 for the Baldwin Wallace Mid-January Meet and finished in second place. JCU’s score of 177 points fell short of only Case Western Reserve University’s 232 in the four-team meet.


Field events were a strong point of the afternoon for the Blue Streaks as they notched two first place finishes, as well as multiple runners-up.


Sophomore Rondel Armour placed first in the long jump (6.27 meters) and junior Alex Hamidzadeh took first in the pole-vault (4.42), giving the Blue Streaks their only first place field event finishes.


Although the field events were a strong point for JCU, the track events whipped up some points as well. The Blue and Gold conjured up three first place finishes and solid placements across the board.


Sophomore Will Cameron achieved first in the 500-meter race (1:07.80), while senior Will Rial also enjoyed success. Rial set a school record in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:09. He finished sixth in a race amongst mostly Division I runners.


The final two first place finishes for the Blue Streaks were in relay events. The 4×400 team, consisting of Cameron, sophomore Dan Loya, junior Nick D’Amico and sophomore Mike Hydzik, took first with a time of 3:31.52. The 4×200 team, consisting of Armour, sophomore Frankie Caponi, freshman Connor Lynch and Jonathan Radney, earned first with a time of 1:35.21.



Women’s Track & Field


The John Carroll University women’s track and field team posted a dominant performance at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-January Meet on Friday, Jan. 24. The Blue Streaks wiped the floor with the competition, earning an incredible 225 points, 63 points better than second place team Case Western Reserve University (162).

Senior Gabriella Kreuz broke a school record for the 1,000-meter run by nearly two seconds. Kreuz became the first Blue Streak in program history to finish the race in less than three minutes, with a time of 2:59.99.

Kreuz also notched a first place finish in the 4×400 relay, as she combined with junior Megan Martinko, senior Nicki Bohrer and freshman Joy Nyaanga to win the event with a time of 4:10.86, a full second ahead of the BW “A” relay team.

Nyaanga had two other first place finishes over the course of the afternoon. In the 4×200 relay, Nyaanga combined with fellow freshman Sara Martinko and sophomores Emily Jenkins and Karissa Manko to win the race with a time of 1:54.28. Soon after, Nyaanga took home a solo victory in 500-meter run, where she placed first with a time of 1:26.52.

While Nyaanga and Kreuz stole the show, JCU’s impressive team performance earned the resounding victory.



Men’s Swimming & Diving


In the final home meet for the seniors on the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team, the Blue Streaks dominated Baldwin Wallace University, sending JCU’s seniors off with a dream-like finish to their careers.

The 174-96 decision, following a 148-61 win over Hiram College on Friday, Jan. 24, gives JCU a 4-6 record heading into the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 13-15.

The Blue Streaks were guided by their seniors, as much of the damage was done by the same veterans who had hoped to make this day something to remember.

The 200 medley relay team, made up of two seniors, Evan Coury and Nick Holvey, junior Nick Bockanic and freshman Gabe Nock, kicked off the meet with a bang with a victory. The team captured the victory with a time of 1:43.87.

Holvey finished first in three other individual races too. The senior won the 100 free (49.22), 100 fly (54.55), and the 50 free, in which he and fellow senior David Sved each received a first place finish with identical times of 22.15.

A strong performance from the rest of the team helped JCU easily handle BW and send seniors Sved, Holvey, Coury, Pat McLaughlin and Zach Morris with a victory in the final home meets of their careers.



Women’s Swimming & Diving


In an exciting finish for the last meet of the year, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team relied on a late push in order to come back and squeak out a victory over visiting Baldwin Wallace University, 145.5-139.5.

Following Friday’s 121-105 win over Hiram College and Saturday’s season-ending victory over BW, the Blue and Gold will enter the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 13-15 with a 5-5 record.

Sophomore Lindsay Fano dazzled the home fans throughout the course of the day on Saturday. She finished first in three races: the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.19), the 200 IM (2:16.45) and the 200 breaststroke (2:30.20), in which she broke her own school record.

Junior Tori Watson also impressed, winning three races of her own: the 200 free (2:02.31), the 50 free (26.09) and the 100 free (56.06).

Some superior singular performances aside, the most important race of the day was the final race, which JCU needed in order to secure the victory.

JCU’s quartet of senior Rachael Libertin, junior Katii Sheffield, sophomore Ann Murphy and  freshman Amanda Casamatta finished off the comeback with a victory in the 200 free relay with an impressive time of 1:44.32.

The victory allowed JCU to send off its seniors, Libertin, Lindsay Eddingfield and Sara Needham, with one final win at Johnson Natatorium.