Continuing its early season success, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and 3-1 overall, this past weekend. A dominating 132-54 win over Defiance College on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the William H. Johnson Natatorium reflected the team’s continued improvement.
A number of Blue Streaks finished first throughout the day. The first of the top finishes was earned by the 200 medley relay team.
The team, consisting of junior Lindsey Fano, sophomore Amanda Casamatta and freshmen Teresa Prinster and Anne Crowley finished with a time of 1:55.05, winning the event.
Fano, Casamatta and Crowley all placed first in individual races as well. Fano won the 200 IM at 2:19.59, Casamatta won the 100 fly at 1:05.89 and Crowley won the 50 free (26.20).
A pair of seniors turned out first place finishes as well. Katii Sheffield and Victoria Watson won the 1000 free and 200 free, respectively.
Junior Samantha Clark also topped the field in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 256.73.
Fano spoke about just how much depth means to this JCU team.
“Success in swimming has a lot to do with the size of the team. Our women’s team now has the numbers to compete with teams like Mount Union and Ohio Northern.”
“A lot of people consider swimming to be an individual sport but in the end it matters how everyone performs,” Fano continued. “As a team we’ve been focusing on this team aspect and how everyone can contribute. It’s awesome to see our hard work pay off.”
JCU’s next meet takes place on Friday, Nov. 21 when the squad travels to Meadville, Ohio to take on Allegheny College for a non-conference bout.
The bout against Allegheny is one of four non-conference duals for the women’s swimming and diving team before the team rounds out its OAC duals at the end of January, 2015.
After a rough start to the season, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team got its season back on track when Defiance College came into the William H. Johnson Natatorium on Saturday, Nov. 15 and the Blue Streaks prevailed with a commanding win, 123-38.
Senior Michael Goggins won the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.82, and the underclassmen continued to dominate.
Freshmen Brian Hulseman, Ben Parker and Stephen Attewell all took home individual titles as well.
Hulseman earned first in the 200 free (1:49.22), Parker claimed first in the 500 free (5:04.98) and Attewell finished first in two individual races, besting the field in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle races.
Sophomores Corey Kehm, John Scantling and Gabe Nock kept the underclassmen run going by claiming first places as well.
Kehm won the 1,000 free (10:58.37), Scantling finished in first in the 200 IM (1:08.40) and Nock earned a first place in the 100 Backstroke (1:04.82).
Freshman diver John Liber may have had the best day of all. Liber put together another fantastic afternoon, and is now one qualifying score away from earning an invitation to the regional meet in Chicago in 2015.
Liber spoke about the opportunity.
“For me, it would mean a lot to compete at regionals,” said he. “Even though, I expect that from myself and the National meet is a much more important goal for me. Making it to regionals is a very important step and goal within the process of qualifying for Nationals.”