Division III Meet of the Week: Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon Set For Top-10 Showdown

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Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon will face off in a top-10 showdown, making it the NCAA Division III Meet of the Week.

Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 5 in the latest College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) men’s poll, while Carnegie Mellon is No. 10. Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins women are No. 4 and Carnegie Mellon is No. 12, making this an extremely intriguing meet for both the men and the women.

Last week’s Division III Meet of the Week

The Johns Hopkins men are coming off of a meet that saw the team roll past No. 17 Rowan as well as Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Swarthmore.

Freshman Brandon Stride cruised to a win in the 200 breast, clocking in with an NCAA B time of 2:03.37 to beat the field by more than nine seconds. Junior CJ Arena then beat the field in the 1650 Free with an NCAA B time of 15:59.03. Sophomore Collin Hughes picked up the first of his two wins by taking the top spot in the 200 Free, clocking in at 1:41.91 Maxwell Chen then edged out WPI’s Sidney Williams by three-hundredths of a second for the win (51.88). Jeff Vitek won the 200 fly with an NCAA B time of 1:49.88 and Matt McGough won the 200 back in 1:53.56.

The Carnegie Mellon men are coming off of a ranked three-way meet where the Tartans defeated Calvin University but lost to Denison.

Freshman John McNab won both distance freestyle events with a season-best time of 9:29.77 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and a time of 4:39.84 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Freshman Aleksander Tarczynski won the 100-yard butterfly in a season-best time of 50.32 and finished second in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.54.

In the Division III Meet of the Week on the women’s side, both Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon have some star power.

The Johns Hopkins women are also coming off of three wins in the same meet. Sophomore Sydney Okubo led the way her winning time of 56.18. Freshman Renee Liu placed second (56.53), both NCAA B cuts. Sonia Lin took the top spot in the 100 breast as she finished in 1:06.35. Freshman Kate Overbey then won the 200 Breast as she touched the wall in 2:24.04, beating the field by nearly seven seconds. Rebecca Ssengonzi wn the 100 fly in an NCAA B time of 56.26.

Meanwhile, the Carnegie Mellon women are coming off of a ranked victory over Calvin University and a loss to No. 1 Denison.

Senior Taylor Brown won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 10:41.29. Freshman Tiffany Tseng was the top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.67 and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.31. Her last race of the day was the 100-yard butterfly which she won with a time of 58.48. Senior Jessica Chau won the 200-yard backstroke ahead of freshman teammate Bonnie Wang with a time of 2:07.12 to Wang’s 2:07.41.

It should make for some very interesting individual races head-to-head, as well as some strong relay performances as both teams prepare for the postseason.

That is why this matchup is the Division III Meet of the Week.