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TODAY’S EDITORIAL: A discussion on the changes to CSL’s justified departure policy.
IN SPORTS: The men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the championship phase of their season at the Middlebury Invitational last weekend.
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The men’s swimming and diving team begin their Championship hopes this weekend at Wesleyan, hoping for a top three finish in the NESCAC’s competition like last year.
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–by G.J. Vitale // Contributing Writer
“1, 2, 3! Yes, yes, yes!” reverberated through the natatorium at Wheaton this Saturday as the men’s swimming and diving team defeated both Wheaton and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a bevy of 1-2-3 sweeps.
“That is what Tufts swimming is all about,” sophomore Craig Olynyk said, “always making more noise than everyone else, but having the talent to back it up.”
The Jumbos walked the walk, attaining about a 50-point spread over each of their opponents. In the total team effort, victory was both statistical and moral for Tufts.
“It served to get the team more excited for the upcoming championship season,” Olynyk said. Read more of this article »
by Nathaniel Bailey | Contributing Writer
While much of Tufts’ student body has been kicking back for the past month and enjoying the time off, the swimming and diving teams have been hard at work in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for two weeks of intense training.
“It was a great opportunity for us to focus on so many things because there are absolutely no distractions, no school, and you’re not at home,” senior co-captain Owen Rood said. “It allowed us to maintain a very high level of focus that’s basically impossible as a student athlete at any school, and I think it really paid off.”
And just two days after the teams flew back north, the Jumbos got the chance to show off their improvements on Saturday in a tri-meet against Williams and Wesleyan in Middletown, Conn. The men’s squad split the meet, falling to Williams 201-93 and easily defeating Wesleyan 212-69, bringing their record to 3-2 for the season.
Rood had several strong performances Saturday with three first-place finishes, including a time of 21.54 in the 50-yard freestyle and 47.38 in the 100-yard freestyle. Rood also combined with freshman John Devine and sophomores Kyle Savidge and Austin Wood for a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 3:14.13. A second relay for the Jumbos took second in the race with a time of 3:17.47. Wood added another strong performance in the 200-yard freestyle, placing third with a time of 1:47.78.
The women’s squad fell to both opponents on Saturday. The Cardinals edged out a win over the Jumbos 132-126, and the Ephs topped the Jumbos 171-91, which brought Tufts’ record to 3-3 on the season.
Despite the losses, the Jumbos posted strong times throughout the meet. Sophomore Mia Greenwald won the 100- and 200-meter butterflies while also aiding two strong relay finishes, while her time of 2:09:97 in the 200-meter butterfly earned her first by a margin of 3.34 seconds. In the 100-meter butterfly, she swam a 58.19, touching just two-tenths of a second ahead of Williams senior Carolyn Geller.
“It was a hard meet for us because people respond differently to training that intense but we went out there and executed our races really well and touched the wall first a couple of times, and that’s what you like to see,” Rood said.
Tufts has hosted only one swim meet thus far this season, at which the women defeated Keene State 172-124 and the men defeated them 163-133 on Nov. 20. Saturday marks the final home competition and the team’s senior recognition meet against MIT.
“We’re all really excited, especially to do it at our pool. It’s definitely not the best or fastest in the NESCAC, but it’s a really great environment. It’s a smaller venue, so you’ve got all the fans right next to the pool; it’s practically like they’re in the race. There’s nothing else like it,” Rood said. “It’ll be a really nice day to just be proud and think about what you did for the team and what the team did for you.”
Freshman Johann Schmidt placed sixth in the three-meter diving competition on Saturday to give the Jumbos men’s team 13 points and a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee. Schmidt’s performance was the best of the meet for Tufts.
Saturday marked the fourth and final day of competition, and, in addition to Schmidt, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Owen Rood and E.J. Testa and seniors David Meyer and tri-captain Gordy Jenkins competed for the Tufts men’s squad and finished 18th (6:53.33).
Senior tri-captain Megan Kono, the only representative of the women’s team, swam the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday and also placed 18th (17:26.29).
Schmidt earned All-American honors for his sixth-place effort, and the Jumbos earned All-American honorable mentions in three events over the course of the meet: Owen Rood finished 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (20.67), the 200-yard medley relay team of Testa, Rood and seniors Michael Del Moro and Zed Debbaut placed ninth (1:31.87) and Schmidt came in 12th in the one-meter dive.
Denison University edged out Kenyon College by a single point for the men’s crown, ending the Lords’ remarkable consecutive title streak at 31.
Full results of the meet can be seen here: http://wac.org/swim/NCAA/index.htm.
–by Aaron Leibowitz
Tufts competed in two events at the National Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee on Friday, the third day of a four-day meet. Senior Michael Del Moro broke his own school record in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries, placing 19th with a time of 50.79 seconds, just 0.07 seconds shy of 16th place and an All-American honorable mention. In the 800-yard medley relay, which was only a finals race, juniors Owen Rood and E.J. Testa and seniors David Meyer and tri-captain Gordy Jenkins finished 18th in 6:55.33, 0.42 seconds behind the 16th-place finisher.
The Jumbos men’s team began the day with 28 points and a share of 15th place, but dropped to 21st place out of 40 teams after failing to earn any points on Friday.
On the final day of competition Saturday, Rood, Testa, Meyer and Jenkins will swim the 400-yard freestyle relay as the 17th seed (3:05.03), and freshman Johann Schmidt — who placed 12th in the one-meter diving event — will compete in the three-meter dive.
In addition, Tufts’ lone female representative at NCAAs, senior tri-captain Megan Kono, will swim the 1,650-yard freestyle, where she is ranked 13th (17:19.60). Kono on Thursday broke a Tufts record that had stood for 22 years, swimming a 1:54.00 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Five Tufts swimmers have earned All-American honorable mentions so far: Schmidt in the one-meter dive, Rood in the 50-yard freestyle (20.67) and Debbaut, Testa and Del Moro (along with Rood) in the 200-yard medley relay (1:31.87).
You can follow the final day of action at http://wac.org/swim/NCAA/index.htm.
–by Aaron Leibowitz
The men’s swimming and diving team has earned 28 points in two days at the Div. III National Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee, giving Tufts a share of 15th place out of the 40 schools present.
Tufts athletes competed in four events on Thursday, the second of four days of competition. Senior tri-captain Megan Kono, the lone representative of the women’s team, broke a Tufts school record in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries, placing 29th with a time of 1:54.00. For the men, freshman Johann Schmidt earned an All-American honorable mention by placing 12th in the one-meter diving finals, while the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay teams were both disqualified from their events.
The record that Kono broke by 0.42 seconds had stood for 22 years since it was set by Maureen Monahan in 1989. Kono improved on her 200 free time of 1:55.33 at the conference meet.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Owen Rood and E.J. Testa and seniors David Meyer and tri-captain Gordy Jenkins entered the meet ranked 10th and on Thursday morning placed 9th in the prelims (1:22.74). Unfortunately, on Thursday evening they were disqualified for an illegal exchange in the finals race.
Tufts’ 400-yard medley relay team, consisting of Rood, Testa and seniors Michael Del Moro and Zed Debbaut, had the 18th seed but was disqualified in its preliminary race.
In addition to Schmidt’s All-American performance, on Wednesday the 200-yard medley relay foursome of Rood, Testa, Del Moro and Debbaut earned an All-American honorable mention by placing 9th (1:31.87), as did Rood by finishing 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (20.67).
On Friday, Del Moro will swim the 100-yard backstroke as the 23rd seed (51.46), and the 21st-seed (6:55.44) 800-yard freestyle relay team of Rood, Testa, Jenkins and Meyer will seek redemption after Thursday’s disqualification.
Live updates of the meet results are here: http://wac.org/swim/NCAA/index.htm.
–by Aaron Leibowitz
The NCAA Div. III Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off Wednesday at the University of Tennessee, and members of the Tufts men’s team swam All-American times in both events in which they competed. Junior Owen Rood finished 12th in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle (20.67), and the 200-yard medley relay team of Rood, junior E.J. Testa and seniors Michael Del Moro and Zed Debbaut placed ninth (1:31.87).
Senior tri-captain Megan Kono of the women’s squad competed in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries and placed 22nd (5:02.42). Kono was the 22nd seed entering the race. She qualified for Nationals with her 1,650-yard freestyle performance at NESCACs (17:19.60), giving her the 13th seed in the 1,650 free to be held on Saturday.
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