Twelve Firsts Lead Swimming & Diving vs. Franklin


HusterTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's and women's swimming and diving teams combined for 12 first place efforts to highlight a dual meet against Franklin College on Friday night.

The Fightin' Engineers earned a 132-82 victory in men's action, while the Franklin women earned a 111-75 win in the dual meet scoring.

Rose-Hulman also honored its one senior, Greg Laudick (Indianapolis/Brebeuf), during the match.  Laudick is a four-year team member who has accepted a position with GE Aviation and will attend the Harvard Business School in 2014.

Junior John Huster (Terre Haute/North) and junior Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis./George Parker) led the Engineers with two individual victories.  Huster claimed the 50-freestyle in 22.23 seconds and won the 100-butterfly in 53.05 seconds.  Richardson earned wins in one-meter (193.80) and three-meter (212.85) diving.

Other individual winners for the men's squad included sophomore Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.56); sophomore Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) in the 200-individual medley (2:06.91); and junior Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) in the 100-backstroke (1:01.17).

On the women's side, junior Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) earned top honors in the 100-freestyle with a time of 1:01.14.

Rose-Hulman swept all four relay events on the evening.  The men's 200-medley relay team of Huster, Podgorski, freshman Eric Yuhas (Fremont, Ohio/Ross) and junior Ross Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) finished in a 1:42.86.  The men's 200-freestyle relay team of sophomore Stephen Wuest (Fort Wayne/Bishop Dwenger), freshman Robert Larson (Edina, Minn.), sophomore Ryan Sagul (Gainesville, Fla.) and sophomore Theo Famprikis (Thessaloniki, Greece/Anatolia College) added a time of 1:34.78 in a winning effort.

The women's 200-medley relay team featured freshman Ashley Schumacher (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South), Cunnien, freshman Celeste Kline (Terre Haute/North) and sophomore Lauren Gutgesell (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) in a time of 2:09.20.  The 200-freestyle relay team of Schumacher, Kline, Gutgesell and freshman Laura Danhauer (Barrington, Ill.) earned a time of 1:53.15.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Washington University Invitational next Friday and Saturday.