Riek Leads Tartans to Two Wins in Home Double Dual

Riek Leads Tartans to Two Wins in Home Double Dual

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's swimming and diving team hosted Grove City College and Washington and Lee University on Saturday, November 12 for a double-dual meet. The Tartans won 12 events and topped the Wolverines, 208-83, and the Generals, 191-71.

Sophomore Mitchell Riek (Sunland, Calif./Bishop Alemany) swam three new individual events for the season and won all three for the afternoon starting with the 1,000-yard freestyle which he finished in a career-best 9:39.96. Riek also won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.19 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:41.80. He was also part of the 200-yard freestyle relay that touched first in team season-best 1:26.43.

Freshman Sam Hawke (Malvern, Pa./Episcopal Academy) earned his second victory of the season in the 200-yard freestyle and first in the 100-yard freestyle with winning times of 1:44.74 and 47.53, respectively.

Brothers Winston Chu (Warren, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) and Matthew Chu (Warren, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) continue to challenge each other in the 100-yard breaststroke as they took the first two spots for the third time this season. In today's meet, younger brother Winston earned the victory by two tenths of a second with a time of 57.57. It was his second victory in the event this season. Later in the meet, Winston won the 200-yard breaststroke for the third time this season, touching in a season-best 2:10.15.

Freshman Richard Deng (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro South) and senior Sivan Mehta (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) each won an event for the second time in as many attempts this season. Deng led a sweep of the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:57.94 while Mehta touched first in the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best 51.94.

The final individual event of the day was won by freshman Rip Lyster (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast), as he finished the 200-yard IM in a season-best 1:56.95 to lead another Tartan sweep.

The Tartans also won the 200-yard medley relay in a team season-best time of 1:34.83 behind  performances from Deng, Matthew Chu, Mehta and senior Brian Jay (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga).

Diving wasn't factored into the team scores however, sophomore Gabe Bamforth (Cambridge, Mass./CRLS) crushed his season-best score for six dives on the 3-meter board with a point tally of 340.43 to lead all competitors. He also won the 1-meter event with a six-dive score of 308.70. Both are career-bests for six dives.

The swimmers will be off from competition until December 1-3 when they travel to Kenyon College for the Total Performance Invitational while the divers will host a meet on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19.