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Men drown competition, win Veale classic; women split

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: Sports
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The Spartan men's swimming and diving team blew its competition out of the water this past weekend at the Veale Classic, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. The men lost just one race all weekend, systematically dismantling rival College of Wooster 180-57 on Friday night and Oberlin College 152-62 on Saturday for the championship.

The Spartan women weren't nearly as dominating, but still performed well. The women lost to Wooster 120-107 in a close meet and defeated nearby John Carroll University 103-90 during the consolation meet.

The men (4-0, 2-0) opened their weekend with a two-second victory in the 200-yard medley relay over the Fighting Scots. The team of Robby Browning, Peter Fino, Sean Nickley, and Gus Bailey would help give the Spartans a 13-4 lead they would never come close to relinquishing. CWRU would sweep the top four spots in the next two races as junior Sam Geiger won the 1650-yard freestyle and freshman Heath Hudgins won the 200-yard freestyle.

Fighting Scot Alex LaJoie would win Wooster's only event in the 100-yard backstroke. LaJoie touched out Browning, a first-year graduate student, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the Spartans' sizeable lead.

In the end, the Spartan men swept the top two spots in the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, giving CWRU a big win over a team that has tested the men in the past.

The men maintained their highest level in recent memory against Oberlin. The Spartans didn't lose a single race and swept most of the events. Freshman diver Daniel Jacobson posted 11-dive scores of 422 points on the 3-meter board and 398 on the 1-meter. Jacobson's score on the 3-meter board is just over five points away from the school record of 427.7. Jacobson and fellow freshman diver Jacob Campbell provided a competitive edge where the men have given away points in the past.

Sophomore Erik Larsen would take home the championship title in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:14.48, winning by over six seconds. Larsen also placed third in the 500-yard freestyle, behind fellow Spartans Hudgins and Geiger.
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