Men win Veale Classic
Issue date: 11/20/09 Section: Sports
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What's more gratifying: the journey or the destination?
After winning the Veale Classic this past weekend by defeating John Carroll University and then Wooster, the men's swimming and diving team resoundingly reaped the fruits of their labor, putting into perspective their arduous journey towards the victory. Senior Drew Swartz said, "Winning the Veale Classic is fun and exciting. We get great competition in every event and it really shows the work we have put in so far this year."
Case's swimmers make a case to be one of the hardest working sports teams on campus. They are in the water roughly 15 to 17 hours per week. On top of that, they do about 3 to 4 hours of dry-land workouts per week, including working on abs, lifting, running, and using the medicine balls. Their hard work helped them secure the Veale Classic for Case.
One of the highlights of the second day of swimming included the 400-yard men's medley relay team (Swartz, Steven Jacobs, Robby Browning, and Dan Wolak) winning with a time of 3:37.9. Swartz said, "After losing our NCAA All-American breaststroker, tying our meet record from last year in the 400 medley relay was very exciting. It showed we have great potential in both medley relays after losing one of our key swimmers from last year."
The men's side was not the only one who emerged victorious from the Veale Classic. The women's swimming and diving team won on their first day of competition against JCU 130-101. In the first day, both men's and women's teams had twelve individual winners. For the men, Sam Geiger won both the 400-yard IM and 500-yard free style. For the women, Roxanne Leyshon grabbed two individual wins in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle relays. However, it wasn't only individuals who had success on day one. The Case men won the 200-yard medley while the women captured the titles for the 200-yard medley and freestyle relays.
In the second day of the Veale Classic, the women's team was beaten by Wooster, 160-77. However, there were plenty of highlights for the women. Jacquie Buckler won the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke. Amanda Caddell won the one-meter dive. For the men's individual competitors, Michael Lin came out of the pool victoriously two times for the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.
The Case swimming and diving team set eleven meet records over the weekend.