Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes 3rd in CCIW Meet



WHEATON, ILL. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished third in men's swimming and diving, and placed seventh on the women's side at the 65th College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships at Wheaton College.

The effort included three school records, three all-conference swimmers, two conference champions and one NCAA Division III Provisional performance.

Sophomore John Huster (Terre Haute/North) (pictured) played a hand in all three school record efforts.  Huster won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.21 seconds to reach NCAA Provisional status with the second fastest time in school history.  His second individual school record of 51.91 seconds came in the 100-backstroke as the opening leg of the 400-medley relay.

Freshman Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) added a victory in the 100-breaststroke with the third fastest time in school history at 58.10 seconds.  Huster and Podgroski joined sophomore Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) and sophomore Alex Krull (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) on two record setting relay efforts.  The 200-medley relay team set a new mark (1:36.74) to claim third place, while the 400-medley relay squad finished second with another school record (3:29.03).

Ross contributed three individual top-six finishes in the championships.  His efforts included a second in the 200-individual medley (1:57.45), fifth in the 400-individual medley (52.84) and sixth in the 100-butterfly (52.84).

For their overall weekend efforts, Huster, Podgorski and Ross captured all-CCIW honors.

Huster also recorded a third-place finish in the 100-backstroke with a time of 52.31 seconds.  Freshman James Landry (Grayslake, Ill./North) provided depth with a third place in the 200-backstroke and the second fastest time in Rose-Hulman history (1:55.77).  Freshman Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) added a third place in the 200-breaststroke (2:11.93).

Podgorski, Krull and Huster teamed with sophomore Ross Meininger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) to place fourth in both the 200-freestyle relay (1:27.02) and the 400-freestyle relay (3:13.55).

Landry also placed sixth in the 100-backstroke (53.79) and eighth in the 200-individual medley (2:03.03).  Krull added a seventh in the 200-individual medley (2:00.10) and eighth in the 100-backstroke (54.84).  Podgorski finished sixth in the 200-breaststroke (2:12.47), and Huster contributed a seventh place in the 100-freestyle (47.70).

The 800-freestyle relay team of Landry, Meininger, senior Andrew Ulrey (North Oaks, Minn./Mound View) and freshman Stephen Wuest (Fort Wayne/Dwenger) came home fifth in a time of 7:17.02. 

On the women's side, the team of sophomore Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn,/Benilde-St. Margaret's), freshman Stephanie McCown (Finksburg, Md./Westminster), junior Jessica Spore (Bloomington/North) and freshman Katie Wright (Williamstron, Mich.) earned sixth place honors in the 200-medley relay with a time of 2:10.86.  The same team added seventh places in the 200-freestyle relay (1:48.45), the 400-freestyle relay (4:16.53), and the 400-medley relay (4:50.77).

Points scored in last weekend's CCIW Diving Invitational also count toward the Fightin' Engineer team scores this week.

Sophomore Nicole Richardson (Janesville, Wis./George Parker) led the women's performance with a third-place in one-meter diving and a fourth-place at three meters.  Richardson scored 311.60 points in one-meter and 310.20 points in three-meter.

Freshman Kaleb Kleine (Zionsville/Covenant Christian) joined senior Julian Ametsitsi (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck) with finishes of third and fourth in the two events.  Kleine placed third in one-meter diving with 313.00 points and fourth at three meters with 259.75.  Ametsitsi finished third in three-meter diving (271.50) and fourth in one-meter (301.60).