John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup

January 29th, 2015


Indoor Track & Field

The John Carroll University men’s indoor track and field team made great strides on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. Many of the Blue Streaks finished in the top 10 in their respective events.


In the track events, sophomore Jonathan Radney finished 10th in the 200-meter dash (22.95) and in the 800-meter run junior Michael Hydzik finished ninth (1:58.92)


The one-mile was another race where many Blue Streak runners placed in high positions. Junior Michael Hurley earned third at 4:21.21, senior John Cameron finished fourth at 4:21.68,  sophomore Eric Hansen followed in sixth at 4:24.37 and senior John Honkala finished eighth at 4:28.63.


Two Blue Streaks made it to the final heat in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Frankie Caponi placed third at 8.58, while freshman Morgan Barnes finished sixth at 8.86.


Senior Elliot Thorkelson, who had a strong cross country campaign, started his year off well in indoor track placing eight in the 3,000-meter run (8:47.83)


In the field events, the Blue Streaks put together a successful day, with senior Rocky Mitolo finishing fifth in the weight throw (17.32 meters) and sixth in the shot put (15.51 meters). Freshman Adam North also  made an impact in the meet, finishing fourth in the long jump (6.35) and clearing 1.75 meters in the high jump to finish seventh.


Indoor Track & Field


Many strong teams traveled to at the Spire North Coast Open Saturday in Geneva, Ohio, on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the John Carroll University women’s indoor track and field team was one of them. The Blue Streaks put themselves to the test against some of the best competition the squad faced all season.


The Blue Streaks had three top 10 finishers in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Schasia Modrzynski placed third at 19:05.97, junior Martha Bill finished eighth at 19:33.70 while junior Molly Seifert was ninth at 19:50.05.


Sophomore Becky Rohwer continued her outstanding campaign in the 2015 season, finishing eighth in the 800-meter run (2:22.80), while fellow sophomore Joy Nyaanga also placed among the top of the leaderboard in the 400-meter run, finishing ninth (1:01.29).


Senior Haley Turner took sixth-place in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:31.32.


In the 4×400 relay, Nyaanga, freshman Jessica Swisher, Rohwer, and Turner closed out the competition with a fifth place finish at 4:12.86.



Swimming & Diving

After defeating Hiram College at the Johnson Natatorium on Friday, Jan. 23, the Blue Streaks entered the last away meet of the season against Baldwin Wallace University before the start of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Yellow Jacket, earning two wins over the weekend, pushing the squad’s winning streak to three.


In JCU’s big win over BW, Blue Streaks finished one-two in the 200 medley relay in the early stages of the meet. The quartet of freshmen Megan Hawk and Anne Crowley, sophomore Amanda Casamatta and junior Lindsey Fano earned a winning time of 1:56.51. Freshmen Teresa Prinster and Carly Adams, sophomore Margaret Zagrobelny and senior Katii Sheffield rounded out the second place group, touching the wall at 1:57.19. BW’s nearest team finished at 2:02.73.


Sheffield (2:01.94), Watson (2:02.02) and Hawk (2:10.55) earned the first sweep of the dual for the Blue and Gold in the 200 free. A strong showing in the 100 back came from Adams and Zagrobelny, who grabbed the first two spots with times of 1:01.84 and 1:08.61, respectively.


Fano, Prinster and freshman Emma Connell recorded the second sweep of the day, as the trio won in the 100 breast. Leading the way was Fano at 1:09.87, Prinster at 1:16.28 and Connell at 1:19.71.


With the 197-89 win over BW, JCU still holds an undefeated 4-0 record in the conference and improved to 7-2 overall with one meet remaining in the regular season.



Swimming & Diving

A winning streak that began on Jan. 17 continued for John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving this past weekend. JCU earned a 134-78 victory over Hiram College on Friday, Jan. 23, and then followed that up with a convincing 195-73 win over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, Jan. 24.


During JCU’s strong day two performance,  JCU earned the top spot in the 200 medley relay. The winning team of seniors Nick Bockanic and Michael Goggins and sophomores Corey Kehm and Gabe Nock touched the wall at 1:42.02 – a half second faster than the Baldwin Wallace team.


Sophomore Ben Parker continued the winning trend for the Blue and Gold, with a winning time of 10.46.20 in the 1000 free.


JCU featured an all-freshmen sweep in the 200 free, with Brian Hulseman leading the way. His time of 1:49.52 earned the top spot in the event, with Stephen Attewell (1:52.01) and James Walleshauser (2:01.43) rounding out the next two spots and earning the first sweep of the afternoon for the Blue Streaks.


The second sweep came in the 200 fly, with Kehm leading the way with a winning time of 2:07.61. Junior Jacob Crain and senior Anton Olson rounded out the second and third spots, completing the sweep.

The third straight win for the Blue Streaks improved the squad’s overall record to 5-4, and ends the away portion of the regular season for JCU.