While everyone else was still relaxing or out on the slopes during the finals days of winter break, Colorado College’s swimming and diving teams were both busy competing at the Schlessman Natatorium in the 19th Annual CC Classic over the weekend, after just finishing up an intense week-long training trip.
The Tigers had a huge start to the meet with junior Mary Rose Donahue dominating the women’s 3-meter board and breaking a CC diving record with a pool and school record of 484 points. The previous record was 460.95 points set by Nicole Fazio on Feb. 16, 2013.
The CC first-year quartet of Alma Jukic, Jio Chang, Sarah Dunbar, and Selma Jukic took first place in the women’s 800 freestyle relay with a pool-record time of 7:54.67, beating the competition to the wall by more than 14 seconds.
“At first me and the other freshman didn’t know that we could break the record because that would require us all to go under 2:00 and we haven’t done that yet.” said S. Jukic. “But as we got closer to meet we started to think positive and motivate each other. I remember getting out of the pool and hugging my relay members, we were so excited and could not stop smiling because we were able to break the record by five seconds.”
On the second day of the meet, first-year Jio Chang led the women’s team with a pair of top-three finishes, taking second in the 200 butterfly and together with junior Justina Zuckerman, and Dunbar and S. Jukic for a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
First-year Alma Jukic placed in the top five in two events, finishing fourth in the 1,650 freestyle and fifth in the 200 free. CC also snagged three other top-10 spots in the 1,650 free, with junior Emily Harrison, sophomore Hannah Varner and senior Zoe Pierrat finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.
“It was following up our training trip, so everyone was very happy to be able to compete at a meet like this again. Team energy was really on point especially with it being a home meet,” said Harrison.
Junior Mary Rose Donahue placed fourth in the 1-meter diving competition with 399.65 points, followed by first-year Riley Wadehra in fifth place with a score of 398.65, securing her place in the NCAA Regional Diving Meet. Overall, the Tigers took second place in the meet with Western State Colorado University taking first, and Colorado Mesa Univeristy snagging third.
The men’s team also had a handful of commendable efforts over the weekend, with first-year Eric Dallesasse recording two top-four finishes to lead the Colorado College men’s swimming and diving team on day one of the meet. CC’s team of first-year Charlie Schneider, sophomore Ethan Schick, senior Robbie Adler, and senior Crane Sarris also won the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:29.03, beating Colorado School of Mines by just .13 seconds.
“The CC Classic is, historically, a pretty tough meet to endure, four sessions of all-out swimming with very little recovery time between sessions,” remarked junior Trey Watmore. “Between the men’s and women’s teams, it was obvious that a positive mental attitude was our priority and that helped carry us through, and I feel that we are one huge step closer to inevitable and enormous successes.”
With strong individual victories coming from first-years Stefan Bay and Michael Heinonen, the CC men’s swimming and diving team finished third at the CC Classic. Bay took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.2 seconds, while Heinon won the 1,650 freestyle race in 17:57.24.
“It was a real hard meet. We had to wake up early and swim, get a couple hours to rest and go right back to the pool,” said Bay. “Now that it’s over it’s fair to say it was a pretty good meet.”
In the end, Colorado School of Mines won the men’s meet with 1,015 points, followed by Colorado Mesa University (554) and CC (511). Both Donahue and Schneider were named the SCAC Women’s and Men’s Diver of the week following their weekend performance. This is Donahue’s fourth Diver of the Week honor this season and Schneider’s third. The Tigers are idle until the SCAC Championships, Feb. 8-11, in Lewisville, Texas.