The John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete for three days at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend. A second place finish for the team and a first place recognition as the OAC Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year for head coach Mark Fino and company had JCU leaving Akron with nothing but good news.
Seven programs converged on the University of Akron’s Onacek Natatorium for the OAC Championships hosted by John Carroll University, with The University of Mount Union winning the conference championship at 792 points. The Blue Streaks finished just behind Mount Union with a three-day score of 766 points.
The opening night of the championships, Thursday, Feb. 18, featured solid finishes across the board for the Blue Streaks, highlighted by the 400 Medley Relay team consisting of senior Lindsey Fano, junior Amanda Casamatta and sophomores Anne Crowley and Carly Adams. The quartet capped off the night with a first place finish and a new school record of 3:53.96.
At the conclusion of Thursday night, JCU trailed only Ohio Northern University in overall points, 188-186, with Mount Union also close behind.
Record breaking performances carried over into the second installment of the weekend.
Adams, Fano, Casamatta and junior Margret Zagrobelny combined for a record setting performance. In the 200 Medley Relay, the team of Blue Streaks placed first with a finishing time of 1:46.32 for a new OAC record. Adams would go on to add a major victory in the 400 IM, after finishing with a time of 4:34.91, good enough for a new OAC record as well.
Fano would also add a first place finish in the 100 Breaststroke, touching the wall at 1:05.76.
The final round of events on Saturday, Feb. 20, stood as the deciding night for Mount Union, JCU and ONU in each team’s race for an OAC title.
Despite another first place finish from Fano, the Blue Streaks could not catch Mount Union in the standings. JCU ultimately finished in second place, followed by ONU with 713 points in third place and Baldwin Wallace University rounding out the top four with 349 points.