John Carroll Blue Streak varsity athletics: Weekend roundup 1/30-2/1/2015

February 5th, 2015

Men’s Indoor Track & Field


John Carroll University finished third at the Ohio Athletic Conference North Split Meet at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio on Friday, Jan. 30. The Blue Streaks scored 114 total  points. The University of Mount Union won, scoring 198, and Ohio Northern University took second with a score of 123.


Senior Nicholas Banks’ win was the first of the three first place wins, finishing with a time of 4:25.82 in the mile. Senior Nick Williams also had an exceptional performance in the hurdles with a time of 7.62 in the 55m hurdles. Senior Nick D’Amico finished this spectacular achievement, finishing in 51.77 in the 400m.


Senior Rocky Mitolo added the fourth top finish for the men, throwing 15.24m in the shot put. The senior later placed third in the weight throw at 16.85m.


The men had a strong showing in the 3k, landing three of the six point scorers for the race. Junior Andrew Snyder led the trio to the finish, clocking in at 8:53.46 to earn runner-up honors.


The Blue Streaks added four third place times on the night in juniors Frankie Caponi (55m hurdles) and Michael Hydzik (500m), senior John Cameron (800m) and  sophomore David Cremi (3k).


The quartet of Hydzik, sophomore Eric Hansen, junior Dan Loya and freshman Elliot Thorkelson combined to finish in second in the distance medley relay, the top relay finish for the Blue Streaks on the night.


JCU had a handful of runners compete in the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open on Saturday. Junior Patrick O’Brien led the way with a sixth place finish in the 3k, crossing at 8:41.25. Tadhg Karski placed in the top 10 in the 3k as well.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field


The John Carroll University women’s indoor track and field team placed fifth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Split Meet at Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 31.


The University of Mount Union won, accumulating 194.25 points, while Ohio Northern placed second with 157.25 points.


Sophomore Schasia Modrzynski led the Blue Streaks on Friday night, securing first  place in the 3k, crossing at 11:02.98.


The Blue Streaks took two of the top four spots in the 1,000m with sophomore Becky Rohwer (3:07.03) and senior Haley Turner (3:10.99) placing third and fourth, respectively.


JCU started strong, placing second in the distance medley race. Rohwer and Turner teamed up with freshman Cassie Schillero and Jessie Swisher to cross at 12:50.08. JCU would take third in the 4×200 and fourth in the 4×400.


Sophomore Joy Nyaanga (400m) and junior Martha Bill (5k) would place fourth in their respective races. JCU would add four of five place times in freshman Gab Leon (55m), Schillero (500m) and junior Ang Bucci (800m, mile).

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Home dominance continued for the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team in its final meet of the regular season. The Blue Streaks defeated Wilmington College, 144-114, finishing a perfect 5-0 at home and in the Ohio Athletic Conference, holding an 8-2 overall record.


Senior day proved to be special for JCU five graduating seniors. Senior Victoria Watson, who dominated with victories in the 200 free (2:00.05) and 50 free (25.27), was crucial to the team’s total score. Watson was also a part of the 200 medley relay team, kicking off the afternoon with a victory. The team of Watson, freshmen Carly Adams and Anne Crowley and junior Lindsey Fano  earned first place honors, touching the wall at 1:52.31.


Junior Jane Verdi grabbed first place in both the 1,000 free and 500 free. Clocking in at 11:21.87 and 5:34.27, respectively, the junior was a full 13 seconds faster than the Wilmington competition in the 1,000 free.


Sophomore Margaret Zagrobelny kept the winning streak going with a convincing win in the 100 back, touching the wall at 1:05.44. Both Adams and Crowley also earned individual victories on the afternoon.


The 144-114 victory over the Fightin’ Quakers marks the third straight win for the Blue and Gold. More importantly, JCU completes the regular season with an 8-2 overall record leading into the OAC Championships two weeks from now.

Lindsey Fano talked about how it felt finsihing undefeated saying, “We’re really excited about being undefeated in the OAC. It’s something that hasn’t happened for a while and it definitely makes a statement to all the other teams. Our hard work is paying off, and we’re looking forward to OACs.”

Men’s Swimming & Diving


A tough conference matchup awaited  the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team in its final meet of the season. A 400 free relay with the visiting Wilmington College was the deciding factor in a 137-132 loss for the Blue Streaks.


In the final event of the meet, the relay team of freshmen Gabe Nock, Stephen Attewell and Brain Hulseman and sophomore John Scantling touched the wall at 3:17.78, a close second to Wilmington’s winning relay team (3.16.76). The first place finish in the final event secured a narrow victory for the Fightin’ Quakers and ended JCU’s three-meet winning streak.


Individually, Hulseman earned first place honors in the 200 fly (2:01.14) and 100 fly (54.55), edging his Wilmington opponent by .02 seconds.


Sophomore Ben Parker also earned a first place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:59.94 and a winning margin of over six seconds. Sophomore Douglas Hinchen was victorious in 1-meter diving.

After the loss, JCU dropped to 5-5 overall on the year. The Blue and Gold will take a 2-3 conference record in to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.