GREENCASTLE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology combined for three event victories, three school records
and a strong second-place men's team effort at the DePauw
University Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The men's squad set a program record with its second place
finish at the nationally competitive DePauw Invitational.
Senior Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) led
the effort with two event victories. Ross won the
200-butterfly in an NCAA Division III provisional qualification
time of 1:53.19 on Friday, then captured the 400-individual medley
title in a time of 4:15.72 on Saturday.
Freshman Matthew King (Libertyville, Ill.)
shattered the 1,650-freestyle school record by 22 seconds with
a time of 16:29.42 to win the Saturday night final. He also
placed third in the 500-freestyle (4:48.99) and fourth in the
Sophomore Celeste Kline (Terre Haute/North)
added another school record with a time of 2:22.22 in the 200-yard
The final school record came in the men's 400-yard medley
relay. The team of senior John Huster (Terre
Haute/North), junior Andrew Podgorski
(Goshen), Ross and freshman Orion Martin (Dublin,
Ohio/Coffman)recorded a time of 3:28.71.
Huster recorded a second-place finish in the 100-backstroke with
a time of 53.89 seconds, with freshman Drew Smith (St.
Charles, Mo./Francis Howell) also contributing a second
place in the 400-individual medley (4:19.90).
Ross added a third-place finish in the 200-individual medley
(2:00.73), with Huster adding a third in the 100-butterfly in 52.43
The 200-freestyle relay team of Huster, Podgorski, freshman
Paul Hintz (Pickerington, Ohio) and Martin added a
time of 1:26.45 to bolster the team score. The 400-freestyle
relay squad of Podgorski, Hintz, senior Ross Meininger
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) and Martin also came home
second in 3:14.31.
The 800-freestyle relay team of freshman Tai Enrico
(West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East), King, Stern added a
third-place finish in 7:24.46.
Fourth-place finishers for the men included Enrico in the
100-backstroke (55.70), Stern in the 400-individual medley
(4:20.35) and Martin in the 50-freestyle (21.85). Fifth-place
men's finishers included Martin in the 100-freestyle (47.81),
Podgorski in the 100-breaststroke (1:00.68), Enrico in the
200-backstroke (2:02.85) and Stern in the 200-individual medley
On the women's side, the 200-freestyle team of freshman
Savannah Jay (Logansport/Lewis Cass), sophomore
Ashley Schumacher (St. Louis, Mo./Lutheran South),
Kline and freshman Stephanie Wolfersberger
(Whiteland) came home fifth in a time of 1:44.49.
The 400-medley relay team of Schumacher, freshman Taylor
Harris (Batavia, Ill./Rosary), Kline and Wolfersberger
came home sixth in 4:19.93. The 400-freestyle relay team of
senior Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St.
Margaret's), Kline, Wolfersberger and Harris also finished
sixth in 3:52.17.
Individual finalists for the women also included Cunnien with a
sixth in the 400-individual medley (5:00.54), Kline with eighth in
the 100-backstroke (1:03.77) and Harris in the 200-breaststroke
Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Washington University
Invitational on Jan. 11-12.