(CLEVELAND, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's swimming and diving team began the 2016-2017 season with a meet at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, October 29. The Tartans defeated the Spartans 203-97.
Freshman Taylor Brown (San Antonio, Texas/Johnson) won the team's first event when she touched first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:46.80. Fellow freshman Emma Nicklas-Morris (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) followed that with a first-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.66 and later touched first in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.51.
Freshman Mary Day (Warren, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) and junior Emma Shi (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) placed 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke in times of 1:01.02 and 1:01.35. Junior Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) touched just ahead of freshman Victoria Feng (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) in the 100-yard breaststroke to win the event in 1:07.79. The pair later swapped places in the 200-yard breaststroke with Feng winning in 2:26.73.
Junior Mary St. John (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) was first to finish the 200-yard butterfly. She touched the wall in 2:11.93. In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Teagan Goforth (Portland, Ore./Tualatin) finished first in 2:06.87 with freshman Grace Taylor (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) touching second in 2:14.93.
Senior Machika Kaku (Irvine, Calif./University) won the 1-meter diving event with 240.65 points with senior Tammy Luk (Little Neck, N.Y./Townsend Harris) placing second with 190.75 points and freshman Megan Roche (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) taking third with 182.00 points. Kaku also won the 3-meter event scoring 237.35 points. Luk was again second with 190.75 points and Roche third with 189.45 points.
Brown returned to the pool for the 500-yard freestyle and won her second event of the day in a time of 5:17.15. Senior Gillian Crews (Fairfax, Va./Oakton) won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.43 while Nicklas-Morris led a sweep of the 200-yard IM. Nicklas-Morris touched in 2:09.78 ahead of two other freshmen teammates, Goforth and Feng.
The Tartans will host their first meet of the season on Saturday, November 5 when Clarion University visits Pittsburgh for a meet start time of 11:00 a.m.