Men's Swimming & Diving Wins HCAC Invitational


FRANKLIN, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's swimming and diving team earned top honors at the inaugural Heartland Conference Invitational, while the women placed fourth in the event.

Rose-Hulman scored a total of 271 points to capture first place honors on the men's side.  Franklin, Transylvania and Defiance rounded out the men's finishing order.

On the women's side, Franklin earned top honors with 189 points.  Transylvania placed second, followed by Defiance and Rose-Hulman.

The men's squad recorded eight individual first-place honors and one relay title to earn the team victory. 

Junior John Huster (Terre Haute/North Vigo) led the Engineers with three first-place finishes.  Huster earned top honors in the 50-freestyle (22.87 seconds), the 100-butterfly (52.33) and the 100-backstroke (56.15).

Junior Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) added two individual wins for Rose-Hulman.  Ross won the 200-butterfly (2:00.02) and the 200-individual medley (2:04.62).

Other individual winners for Rose-Hulman included sophomore Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) in the 100-breaststroke (1:02.47); sophomore Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) in the 200-breaststroke (2:15.80); and freshman Eric Yuhas (Fremont, Ohio/Ross) in the 200-backstroke (2:09.48).

The 200-medley relay squad of Huster, Podgorski, Ross and junior Ross Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) added a victory with a time of 1:40.97.

On the women's side, the Engineers compiled five second-place finishes to lead the team effort. 

Junior Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) placed second in the 200-individual medley (2:29.83) and the 500-freestyle (5:45.66).  Junior Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis.) had second-place efforts in one-meter (122.45) and three-meter (118.05) diving.  Freshman Laura Danhauer (Barrington, Ill.) rounded out the runner-up efforts with a time of 20:35 in the 1,650-freestyle.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at DePauw University on Friday, then travels to IUPUI and Butler on Saturday.