Strong Performance Leads R-H to 3rd at DePauw Invite



GREENCASTLE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's swimming and diving team recorded its best ever finish at the nationally acclaimed DePauw University Invitational by placing third as a team on Friday and Saturday.

Only nationally ranked DePauw and Wittenberg topped Rose-Hulman's team effort.  The Engineers outscored solid programs Rhodes, Illinois Wesleyan, Transylvania, Millikin and Franklin in the performance.

Relay scores proved a key to Rose-Hulman's third-place team effort, as three different squads earned runner-up honors.

The 200-freestyle relay team of sophomore John Huster (Terre Haute/North), sophomore Alex Krull (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette), junior John Patterson (Tucson, Ariz./University of Arizona) and freshman Andrew Podgorski (Goshen) came home second in a time of 1:28.21.  Huster, Patterson and Podgroski joined sophomore Matt Ross (West Lafayette/Harrison) with a runner-up in the 400-medley relay (3:34.93).  The same four swimmers combined for second place in the 200-medley relay (1:37.74).

The 400-freestyle relay team of Huster, freshman James Landry (Grayslake, Ill./North), Patterson and Podgorski came home third in 3:20.52.  The 800-freestyle relay squad featuring sophomore Josh Dugan (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle), freshman Aaron Foreman (Kingwood, Texas), senior Andrew Ulrey (North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) (pictured)  and freshman Stephen Wuest (Fort Wayne/Dwenger) contributed a fifth place tally in a time of 7:41.31.

Individually, Ross contributed two second-place finishes and a third place for the Engineers.  His second-place finishes included the 200-butterfly (1:56.57) and 400-individual medley (4:22.56), with a third place in the 200-individual medley (2:00.86). 

Podgorski added second-place in the 100-breaststroke (59.23) and a third in the 200-breaststroke (2:16.10).  Other runner-up efforts included Huster in the 100-butterfly (52.97) and freshman Logan Ryan (Kent, Wash./Kentwood Senior) in the 200-breastsroke (2:14.77).

Third-place individual finishers also included Patterson in the 50-freestyle (21.99) and Landry in the 100-backstroke (54.59).  Huster added significant points with a fourth in the 100-backstroke (55.46) and the 100-freestyle (49.02).

Patterson contributed a fourth-place mark in the 100-freestyle (48.86), while Foreman placed fourth in the 1,650-freestyle (17:52.47).  Foreman also finished sixth in the 500-freestyle (5:06.34) and 400-individual medley (4:34.81), with freshman Blake Coy (Westfield) contributing a sixth in the 100-butterfly (54.61).

On the women's side, the Engineers were led by sixth-place relay performances in the 200-freestyle, 400-freestyle and 200-medley events.  Both freestyle relay teams featured the efforts of sophomore Shannon Cunnien (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's), sophomore Carley Shumate (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek), junior Jessica Spore (Bloomington/North) and senior Katie Trella (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine Township).  The 200-medley squad included Cunnien, freshman Stephanie McCown (Finksburg, Md./Westminster), Shumate and Spore.

Individually, Trella placed sixth in the 1,650-freestyle (19:27.81) and Shumate was sixth in the 100-backstroke (1:04.66) to lead the women's squad.  Cunnien also qualified for the event finals with an eighth place effort in the 400-individual medley (5:01.68).  Overall, Rose-Hulman placed seventh of eight squads in the women's meet.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at Transylvania University in a meet with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference points implications on Jan. 15.