Swimming and Diving Teams Combine for 14 First Place Finishes at Transylvania


TrellaLEXINGTON, KY. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's swimming and diving team topped Transylvania 189-89, while the Pioneers topped the Engineer women 189-59 in a Saturday afternoon dual meet in the Bluegrass State.

Rose-Hulman combined for 14 first-place efforts in the solid team performance.  The performance include a sweep of top honors in the men's 200-freestyle and 200-medley relay events.

Sophomore John Huster (Terre Haute/North) earned two individual and two relay first-place finishes to help lead the effort.  Huster came home first in the 100-backstroke (54.76) and the 100-butterfly (53.38).

Sophomore Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) added two individual and one relay top honors for the Engineers.  Ross claimed the 1,000-freestyle in 10:30.49 and also won the 200-individual medley in 2:06.94.

Senior Andrew Ulrey (North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) contributed a 500-freestyle win in 5:14.80.  Breaststroke winners included freshman Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) in the 100 (1:02.40) and  freshman Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) in the 200 (2:19.43).

Other men's swimming winners for Rose-Hulman were freshman Blake Coy (Westfield) in the 200-butterfly (2:10.78) and freshman James Landry (Grayslake, Ill./North) in the 200-backstroke (2:03.52).  Freshman Keenan Bergstedt (Logansport) added a first place in one-meter diving with a score of 193.42 points.

The 200-medley relay team featured Landry, Podgorski, Ross and Huster in a winning time of 1:41.94.  The 200-freestyle team also recorded the fastest time of the day, due to the efforts of Podgorski, sophomore Alex Krull (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette), sophomore Ross Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and Huster (1:34.12).

On the women's side, sophomores Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) and Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis./George Parker) claimed one first place and one second place honor each to lead the performance.  Cunnien won the 1,000-freestyle (11:44.69) and placed second in the 500 (5:44.84).  Richardson claimed the three-meter diving title (192.60 points) and finished second in one-meter diving (174.75).  Senior Katie Trella (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine Township) added a second-place in the 1,000-freestyle (12:07.58).

Rose-Hulman returns to action at Franklin College on Jan. 29.