SCAC Championships: Swim and Dive Sets Records Across the Board

Over Block Break, the Colorado College men’s and women’s swim and dive teams ended their seasons with an outstanding Southern Collegiate Athlethic Conference performance. They had over 100 new personal records, three new school records, an SCAC record, and plenty of All-Conference performances. At the conclusion of the meet, the women placed second, just behind Trinity University, while the men placed third.

Riley Wadehra ’20 won the women’s 1-meter dive ending Trinity’s 13-year winning streak at the event. She credits her win to supportive teammates and coaches, as well as to the positive energy around the pool.

“I really wanted it,” Wadehra said. “I had one of my most consistent performances on the back half of the meet.”

Photos courtesy Hannah Varner

Eric Dallesasse ’20 swam in both of the relays on the first day, helping set a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay, along with Julian Frerichs ’22, Ethan Schick ’19, and Baker Casagrande ’21. Dallesasse continued his performance by winning the 200-yard individual medley, setting a new school record and a new SCAC record of 1:57.97. This broke the previous record which he set earlier that day during preliminaries. 

“I won a best time in everything except for the 200-yard butterfly and I had a lot of fun,” Dallessasse said. “It was a really good weekend. From here, my goal is to make the B-cuts with the 100-yard butterfly.”

Cade Thumann ’22 also had a double on Feb. 14 by setting a new school record in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries and then winning the event. He set the school record at 4:35.96, which obliterated the previous record of 4:40.14. Thumann swam all four years in high school and is joined on the team by his brother, Cole Thumann ’22, who had a third place finish in the 400-yard individual medley.

“Overall the meet went great,” said Cade Thumann. “I feel like it was almost perfect for everyone. As a team, we scored a lot of points and it seemed like people kept getting new personal bests.”

 “Our freshmen really stepped up and helped us,” said Dallessasse. “Cole and Cade Thumann did amazing. They both broke records and Cade won the 500-yard freestyle. Key MacFarland ’22 got first in the 400-yard individual medley. The whole team did a fantastic job and we had a lot of fun.”

While the team will be celebrating its great performances for the next few weeks, they plan to dive back into things starting next block for off-season training. Our aquatic Tigers are never satisfied, so look for the team to set new highs in coming seasons!  

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