Swimming & Diving Earns Six Firsts at D-II Lindenwood


cunnienST. PETERS, MO. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed six first-place efforts out of 12 swimming efforts against NCAA Division II power Lindenwood University on Saturday.

Freshman Orion Martin (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle to lead the men's squad.  Martin recorded a time of 50.69 seconds in the 100-butterfly and had a season-best mark of 1:44.87 in the 200-freestyle.

Senior John Huster (Terre Haute/North) added a victory in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:00.36.  Martin and Huster also combined with freshman Paul Hintz (Pickerington, Ohio) and junior Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:37.41.

The team of Martin, Podgorski, Hintz and Huster also compiled the fastest time of the day in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:27.62.

On the women's side, senior Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) paced the Fightin' Engineers with a win in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:23.82.

Freshman Regen Foote (Jasper) and senior Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis./George Parker) added school record performances in one- and three-meter diving.  Foote scored 217.50 points, while Richardson tallied 222.07 in six dives to break the previous school record marks.  Freshman Sam Gould (Greencastle/South Putnam) added runner-up honors in men's three-meter diving with 243.45 points.

Freshman Matt King (Libertyville, Ill.) led the runner-up swimming efforts by narrowly missing his own Rose-Hulman's school record with a time of 9:57.54 in the 1,000-freestyle.  He also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle.

Other runner-ups for Rose-Hulman included sophomore Celeste Kline (Terre Haute/North) in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.08); Huster in the 100-backstroke (53.20); and freshman Taylor Harris (Batavia, Ill./Rosary) in the 100-breaststroke (1:16.36).

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Invitational on Saturday.