Men's Swimming 6th, Women 6th at Washington U.


ST. LOUIS, MO. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's swimming and diving teams placed sixth at the Washington University Invitational on Friday and Saturday in St. Louis.

Junior Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wic./George Parker) led Rose-Hulman's performance with the second-best three-meter diving score in school history.  Richardson scored 328.35 points to earn runner-up honors and was sixth in one-meter diving (304.15 points).

Junior Andy Welsh (Batesville/Oldenburg Academy) led Rose-Hulman's scoring effort with a fourth-place finish in one-meter diving with 207.95 points.  Junior Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) placed a strong fifth in the 200-butterfly in a time of 1:57.50 to lead the swimming performance.

Rose-Hulman relied on its relay teams for a substantial portion of the team's overall score.

The women's 200-freestyle relay team of freshman Celeste Kline (Terre Haute/North), freshman Laura Danhauer (Barrington, Ill.), sophomore Lauren Gutgesell (Metamora, Ill.) and freshman Ashley Schumacher (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South) led the way with a fifth place finish in 1:52.45.

The relay team of junior John Huster (Terre Haute/North), sophomore Andrew Podgorski (Goshen), Ross and junior Ross Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) added sixth place finishes in the 200-medley (1:41.71) and 400-medley (3:46.93).

The 800-freestyle relay team of Podgorski, sophomore Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior), Huster and sophomore Aaron Foreman (Kingwood, Texas) also came home sixth in 7:42.75.

Huster, Meininger and Podgorski also teamed up with freshman Eric Yuhas (Fremont, Ohio/Ross) on a sixth-place 200-freestyle relay effort (1:31.91).

The women's 400-medley relay team of Schumacher, junior Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde St. Margaret's), Kline and Danhauer rounded out the sixth place efforts with a time of 4:47.03.

Individually, Podgorski also came home 10th in the 100-breaststroke in a time of 1:03.35. 

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Team Meet on January 28 in Franklin.