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