Swimming finishes successful season

In Springfield, Massachusetts, three divers from the RPI swimming and diving team competed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Northeast-North diving regional championship last weekend. Junior diver Maggie Cullather placed ninth out of 27 in the 3-meter diving competition, finishing with a total of 427.5 points. Junior Maddie Miller finished 12th in the 3-meter event with a total of 418.1 points. The women’s 3-meter was won by Maura Sticco-Ivins of Wellesley College. Lastly, senior diver Miguel Hummel ended up in 12th place in a 20-person one-meter diving field. After 11 dives, Hummel compiled a total score of 405.9 points (the winning score was 533.3).

The regionals brought an end to an impressive swimming and diving season. The men’s squad went 5-2 in team meets, while the women’s squad finished with a record of 6-1. On the weekend of December 5, both men’s and women’s swimming and diving finished second out of nine teams at the Liberty League Championships in Rochester, N.Y.

The New York State Championships took place on the days of February 18–21 in Webster, N.Y. and featured 16 teams from all around the state. For the women, freshman Danielle Sauve won the 500-meter freestyle event with a time of 4:57.93. The time set a record for the New York championships. In addition, she also finished second in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 52.67.

Freshman Shanny Lin also won, taking home the title in the 200-meter butterfly and breaking the RPI record with a time of 2:03.37.

The relay team of Lin, freshmen Michaela Yamashita and Jessica Sauve, and sophomore Siena Sara set an RPI school record with a time of 1:49.24. Then, the 400 free relay team of Danielle Sauve, Yamashita, Lin, and freshman Erin Kane set another Rensselaer record by touching the wall at 3:33.37 to finish in fourth place.

Later, in the 200 breaststroke, Sara finished in third, Jessica Sauve finished in fifth, and senior Ellen Tomljanovic placed eighth.

In the women’s 3-meter diving competition, Miller placed second with a final score of 469.7 points while Cullather finished in fifth with a score of 436.2 points. In the 1-meter competition, Miller finished fourth with 444.1 points and Cullather finished in fifth with 439.8 points.

For the men, senior Adam Kalish finished fifth in the 50 freestyle race, with a time of 21.22; fourth in the 100 fly, with an RPI record of 50.22; and fifth in the 200 butterfly, with a time of 1:53.48.

Hummel finished in fifth place in the 1-meter diving competition, with a total of 469.35 points. Later, he finished fourth in the 3-meter diving completion with 520.65 points.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, Kalish, juniors Brian Polo and AJ Schick, and sophomore Richard Dong teamed up for a third place time of 1:34.37. Then, on February 19, the team of Kalish, Dong, Schick, and freshman Spencer Marquardt finished sixth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:25.72, while Kalish, Dong, Schick, and senior Colin Lenhoff finished the 400 medley relay with a fifth-place time of 3:30.38.

In the 400 individual medley, Polo nabbed seventh place and senior Michael Rizzo took eighth with times of 4:14.72 and 4:17.06, respectively.

On the third day of the competition, junior David Connor finished the 100 breaststroke in sixth place with a time of 58.65. His teammates Polo and Dong also finished the race in the top ten.

Lastly, in the 200-meter backstroke, Lenhoff finished in seventh with a time of 1:54.07 and junior David Gardiner placed eighth with a time of 1:56.18.

When the last events concluded, Rensselaer’s women had finished in fourth place, while the men placed third overall.