13 School Records, 12 Wins Highlight Transy Dominance


225-riceLEXINGTON, KY. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology set 13 school records and the men's team earned a substantial victory at the Transylvania University Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

Counting records that were broken multiple times over the weekend, a total of 18 school records were set during the historic performance.  The men's and women's teams combined for 12 first-place performances and 14 runner-up finishes in the dominant effort.

The overall effort led the Rose-Hulman men to an impressive 995-564 victory over Franklin College in the team scoring.  Wittenberg (478), Ohio Wesleyan (456) and John Carroll (330) rounded out the top five.  The women placed fourth overall with 386 points.

Freshman Ellie Hong (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) led the performance with four individual women's school records.  Hong set new marks in the 50-freestyle (24.44 seconds), 100-backstroke (56.97) and 200-backstroke (2:03.55).  Her fourth school record came in the opening leg of the 400-freestyle relay, with the 100-freestyle mark falling in a time of 53.30 seconds.

Sophomore Regen Foote (Jasper, Ind.) rewrote the one-meter and three-meter diving record books for 11 attempts.  Foote scored 380.20 points in one-meter diving and tallied a score of 372.90 in three-meter.

Freshman Savannah Rice (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West) (pictured) added school records in both the 200-individual medley and the 400-individual medley events.  She compiled times of 2:13.45 in the 200 and 4:47.90 in the 400-individual medley races.

Junior Celeste Kline (Terre Haute/North Vigo) rounded out the women's individual school records with a 100-butterfly time of 1:02.21.

The 400-freestyle relay team of Hong, Rice, Kline and sophomore Stephanie Wolfersberger (Whiteland, Ind.) closed out the women's school records for the weekend with a time of 3:41.36. 

On the men's side, sophomore Orion Martin (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) duplicated Hong's feat of breaking a freestyle school record as part of a relay team performance.  Martin's new 200-freestyle school record of 1:41.48 was established as part of the 800-freestyle relay.

Freshman Alexander Yaung (Fremont, Calif./American) recorded the final individual school record mark of the weekend with a time of 4:11.26 in the 400-individual medley.

The men's 800-freestyle relay team of Martin, sophomore Brady Stern (Waverly, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock), freshman Matt Schulstad (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and sophomore Paul Hintz (Pickerington, Ohio) added another school record mark of 7:01.55.

Hong led the individual winners by sweeping the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke as part of her school record performances.  Other school record performances that earned first-place honors included Foote in three-meter diving; Yaung in the men's 400-individual medley; and the men's 800-freestyle relay team performance.

Martin recorded two first-place victories with times of 21.64 seconds in the 50-freestyle and 50.05 in the 100-butterfly.  Schulstad captured top honors in the 200-butterfly (1:52.43), while senior Andrew Podgorski (Goshen, Ind.) won the 100-freestyle in a time of 46.52.  Sophomore Matthew King (Libertyville, Ill.) rounded out the individual winners with a time of 16:33.23 in the 1650-freestyle.

Rose-Hulman added two more victories in men's relay races.  The 200-individual medley team of freshman Nate Weber (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Central), Podgorski, Martin and Hintz earned first-place honors with a time of 1:36.10.  The 400-freestyle relay team of Martin, Hintz, Schulstad and Podgorski won with a mark of 3:08.72. 

Four of the team's 14 runner-up efforts occurred in school record performances.  Indivdiual marks included Rice in both the 200-individual medley and 400-individual medley, and Foote in one-meter diving.  The women's 400-freestyle relay school record performance also came home in second place.

King joined Podgorski with a pair of second-place finishes.  King came home as the runner-up in the 200-butterfly (1:59.76) and the 500-freestyle (4:45.01).  Podgorski was second in both the 50-freestyle (21.75) and the 100-breaststroke (58.55).

The men's diving team captured two second-place finishes.  Sophomore Sam Gould (Greencastle/South Putnam) was second in the one-meter event (373.25 points), with sophomore Josh Maurer (Kokomo, Ind./Western) finishing second in three-meter diving (381.65).

Other runner-up performers included Hong in the women's 50-freestyle (24.44 seconds); Martin in the 100-freestyle (46.65); senior Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) in the 200-breaststroke (2:13.10); and Schulstad in the 100-butterfly (50.81).

The 2013 portion of the schedule concluded following the Transylvania Invitational.  Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Washington University Invitational in mid-January.