The Scarlet Hawks Swimming and Diving teams have officially concluded a very long season after competing in the 2011 NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championship meet over the weekend in St. Petersburg, Missouri. The Women’s team finished in fourteenth place out of nineteen teams, and the men finishedseventh out of seventeen. The meet lasted from Wednesday, March 2 through to Saturday March 5, leaving the team exhausted and glad for a break.
Wednesday, March 2
The meet began with the Men’s 3-meter springboard and Women’s 1-meter competition. Sophomore Ian McNair took 3rd in the men’s 3-meter, finishing with a final score of 275.50.
Thursday, March 3
Swimming officially began on Thursday with the 200 yard medley relay. The Women’s team of juniors Andrea Zuniga and Julia Duarte, freshman Aimee Dewante, and junior Melanie Koto took 15th with a final time of 1:55.22, while the Men’s team of sophomore Matthew Rosenfeld and Eric Grunden, junior Keiji Halloway, and sophomore Max Ramminger took 6th with a final time of 1:33.33. Grunden finished 16th in the Men’s 50 yard freestyle for the team with a time of 21.47, while Ramminger took 6th place overall with a final time of 20.65. The Women’s 800-yard freestyle relay of Dewante, Zuniga, freshman Abby Maze, and Koto took 11th with a final time of 8:06.92, and the Men’s team of Grunden, freshman Felipe Bergh, sophomore Michael Keane and freshman Yoni Pruzansky finished 8th with a final time of 6:59.41. McNair finished 3rd on the men’s 1 meter board as well with 248.85 points.
Friday, March 4
The Women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Koto, Maze, Zuniga and Dewante took 15th with a final time of 1:44.24, and the Men’s team of Pruzansky, Grunden, Keane and Ramminger took 6th with a final time of 1:25.49. In the Women’s 400-yard IM, Dewante took 15th finishing with a final time of 4:44.64, and in the Men’s event, senior Joe Muchna took 16th with a 4:11.53, while freshman Michael Bodzay took 9th with a 4:06.30, re-setting the school record that Muchna had held from last year. In the Men’s 100-yard butterfly, junior Keiji Halloway finished 13tj for the Men’s team with a final time of 50.86, and freshman Yoni Pruzansky finished 6th in the 200 yard freestyle with a 1:41.97. Grunden took 9th in the Men’s 100 yard breaststroke, with a final time of 57.63, followed closely by Ramminger, who finished 10th with a 57.85. The final relay, the 400-yard medley relay, saw the Women’s team of Zuniga, Duarte, Dewante and Koto finishing 12th with a final time of 4:09.05.
Saturday, March 5
Bodzay started the final day of the meet off taking 13th in the Men’s 200-yard backstroke with a 1:54.26, and claiming his 2nd team record of the meet. The previous record had been set more than 20 years ago and was the last record still standing from before the 2001-2002 season. In the Men’s 100 yard freestyle, Ramminger finished 12th with a final time of 46.33, and in the 200-yard breaststroke, Grunden finished 15th with a 2:10.24. Dewante took 16th for the Women’s team in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:20.99, while Muchna finished off his senior swimming career with the event, taking 12th with a 1:54.09. The final event, the Women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, the team of Dewante, Maze, Zuniga and Koto finished 13th with a final time of 3:44.81.