KENOSHA, WIS. -- The
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swimming team recorded six
school records, two individual conference titles, two NCAA
provisional national qualification
marks and five all-conference performances in
the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships,
which capped late Saturday night.
The effort helped Rose-Hulman finish fourth overall on the men's
side and seventh in the women's competition.
Junior Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) was
named Outstanding Performer after contributing three school
records, one conference championship and two all-league
performances. Ross won the 200-butterfly with an NCAA
Division III provisional national qualification time and a school
record mark of 1:51.52. He also earned all-league honors with
a school record second place in the 200-individual medley
(1:55.32). Ross also placed fourth overall in the
400-individual medley with a school record time of
Junior John Huster (Terre Haute/North) earned
his second career conference title and established two
individual school records this week. Huster won the
100-butterfly with an NCAA Division III provisional national
qualification time of 50.22 seconds and later broke the school
record time in a time trial of the event (49.87). He also
placed fourth in the 50-freestyle (21.47 seconds) and fifth in the
100-freestyle (47.45). His school record came in
a 51.85 second effort in the 100-backstroke to lead off
the 400-medley relay.
Sophomore Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood
Senior) rounded out the all-conference performances with a
third place in the 200-breaststroke in a time of 2:09.95 that ranks
second in school history. Ryan also finished eighth in the
400-individual medley (4:23.63) and in the 100-breaststroke
Junior diver Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis./George
Parker) was also cited as all-conference for her second
place in three-meter diving last week (326.05). Richardson
was also fifth in one-meter diving (259.35 points).
The 200-medley relay team of Huster, sophomore Andrew
Podgorski (Goshen), Ross and junior Ross
Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills)
added the sixth school record of the weekend with a time
of 1:35.54 to place fourth in a competitive field.
The men's 200-freestyle relay team added the second fastest time
in school history to place third overall. The team of
Podgorski, Meininger, freshman Eric Yuhas (Fremont,
Ohio/Ross) and Huster recorded a time of 1:26.11 in the
The men's 400-freestyle relay team of Podgorski, Meininger,
Yuhas and Huster completed the meet with a fourth place finish in a
time of 3:11.62 to rank second in Rose-Hulman history.
Podgorski contributed a sixth place finish in the 50-freestyle
in a time of 21.71 seconds and also finished seventh in the
100-breaststroke with a time of 1:00.00.
Yuhas contributed a sixth in the 200-butterfly (2:01.13) and an
eighth in the 100-butterfly (53.68).
Other finalist competitors on Thursday included Meininger with a
13th place in the 50-freestyle (22.39); sophomore
Stephen Wuest (Fort Wayne/Bishop Dwenger) with a
15th in the 50-freestyle (22.77); junior Shannon Cunnien
(Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) with a 16th
place in the 500-freestyle (5:32.41); and sophomore
Aaron Foreman (Kingwood, Texas) with a 16th in the
200-individual medley (2:05.42).
Friday individual finalists also included freshman
Marshall Yeoman (Elkhart/Memorial) with an 11th in
the 100-breaststroke (1:00.71); freshman Celeste Kline
(Terre Haute/North) with a 12th in the 100-backstroke
(1:04.72); Cunnien with a 13th in the 400-individual
medley (5:02.77); Foreman with a 14th in
the 400-individual medley (4:30.07)'; freshman Robert
Larson (Edina, Minn.) with a 14th in the 100-backstroke
(1:02.08);Wuest in the 100-butterfly (55.39); and sophomore
Chris Petersen (Summit, N.J.) with a 15th in the
400-individual medley (4:30.15).
Saturday event finalists also included Kline with a ninth in the
200-backstroke (2:15.96); Podgorski with a ninth in the
200-breaststroke (2:11.70); Wuest with an 11th in the 200-butterfly
(2:05.47); Yeoman with a 12th in the 200-breaststroke (2:17.11);
Cunnien at 13th in the 200-butterfly (2:28.33); Larson with a
13th in the 200-backstroke (2:17.29); Meininger in 14th in the
100-freestyle (49.35); freshman Stephen Housman
(Elkhart/Concord) in 16th in the 200-butterfly (2:05.47);
and freshman Ashley Schumacher (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran
South) with a 16th in the 100-freestyle (57.29).
The Engineers also added depth with three men's and one women's
point scorer in the 1,650-freestyle. On the men's side,
Petersen placed 13th (17:54.77), senior Greg Laudick
(Indianapolis/Brebeuf) was 15th (18:27.57), and sophomore
Ryan Sagul (Gainesville, Fla.) was 16th
(18:38.90). Freshman Laura Danhauer (Barrington,
Ill.) added a 14th for the women (19:29.62).