After trailing by 15 points heading into the final four events against Wilmington College on Saturday, Jan. 30, the John Carroll University men’s swimming and diving team strung together important finishes to secure a 103-102 victory.
The hosting Fightin’ Quakers had the Blue Streaks’ back against the wall early, winning five of the first seven events. Wilmington would later add a 1-2-3 sweep finish in the 100 Free to put the Blue Streaks down just 15 points heading into the last leg of the meet.
Freshman Jack Garrow spearheaded a 1-3-4 finish in the 100 Back to start the comeback for the Blue Streaks. Garrow’s time of 1:01.10 was good enough to edge the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference Champion Jack Spraul’s time of 1:01.65. Freshmen Ryan Singler and Alec Bryson rounded out the top five performances for the Blue Streaks with third and fourth place finishes respectively.
The momentum stayed on JCU’s side with a 1-2 finish in the 400 Free. Freshman Tom Pacak and junior Ben Parker helped the Blue Streaks to an 85-84 lead with two events remaining. Freshman David Kirtek would go on to win the 100 Breast at 1:08.69 to set up the decisive 400 Free Relay.
Heading into the final event, JCU led 98-89, needing a second place finish or better to secure the win. The team of juniors John Scantling and Corey Kehm, sophomore Brian Hulseman and Pacak secured that important second place finish to complete the comeback.
The 103-102 win for the Blue Streaks marks the first win against Wilmington since 2011. The victory is also the fourth straight for the Blue Streaks in the final meet before the OAC Championships.