Swimming World College Conference Carnival: Minnesota Claims Team Title

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PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, January 23. THE second annual Swimming World College Conference Carnival title went to Big Ten Conference representative Minnesota. The short course yard meet is the second year of a reintroduction of the Yale Carnival from the 1950s, with the modern twist of being an all-female competition.

Minnesota finished the meet with 308 points for the title, while hosting Rutgers claimed second with 209 points. UMBC (171) and Richmond (118) completed the four-team field for the title. Meanwhile, Rider defeated Central Connecticut State, 121-32, in a dual meet that took place as part of the meet.

Minnesota went 1-2 in the women's splash-and-dash as Alison Eggers won the 50 free in 23.49. Teammate Meagan Radecke captured second in 23.85. UMBC's Abbey McKenney completed the top three in 24.36. Rider's Kellyanne Tomasula (24.73) and Brianna Burns (25.28) gave their team a 1-2 finish in the dual meet.

The Gophers posted a 1-3 finish in the women's 200 free. Ashley Steenvoorden clocked a 1:50.66, while teammate Marissa Davies took third in 1:51.53. UMBC's Sam Maccherola split the difference with a 1:51.12 for second. Burns gave Rider the dual meet win with a 1:53.48, while Central's Taylor Friedmann took second in 1:56.05.

Hannah Whitehead gave Minnesota another triumph in the women's 100 back with a 56.56. Rutgers finished 2-3 with Brianne Lindblad (56.63) and Cat Whetstone (56.76) taking second and third. Tomasula won another race for Rider in the dual meet with a 57.06. Teammate Kori Kraus finished second in 59.98.

Minnesota posted another 1-2 effort in the women's 100 breast. Jillian Tyler clocked a B-cut time of 1:01.47 for the win, while teammate Haley Spencer checked in with a second-place 1:04.13. Rutgers' Shayna Longacre wound up third in 1:05.26. Central's Kristen Malski won in the dual meet with a 1:06.63, while Rider's Jenni Sullivan earned second in 1:09.70.

Kaylee Jamison won the women's 100 fly for Minnesota in 54.91. Richmond's Katie Sieben raced to second in 55.99, while UMBC's Jennifer Esposito snared third in 56.88. Rider went 1-2 in the dual meet with Melissa Berkay (58.02) and Kelly O'Connor (59.85) clearing 1:00 for the top-two sweep.

Minnesota's Kristen Steenvoorden cruised in the women's 400 IM with a 4:20.85 for the win. Teammate Molly Belk took second in 4:26.87, while Rutgers' Jacquelyn Ward placed third in 4:27.04. O'Connor (4:29.74) and Alicia Fimple (4:32.62) gave Rider another top-two sweep in the dual meet.

Minnesota's Kelci Bryant dominated the women's three-meter diving competition with 394.45 points. Rutgers' Erin Saunders placed second with 280.95 points, while Minnesota's Katie Grunawalt finished third with 264.70 points.

Minnesota's Davies, Eggers, Radecke and Jamison won the women's 400 free relay in 3:26.40. UMBC's Maccherola, Ashley Miller, Esposito and McKenney finished second in 3:29.61. Rider's team of Burns, Addison Oswald, Fimple and Tomasula (3:33.25) beat Central's Friedmann, Kandra Kane, Katie Lang and Alex Czaplicki (3:39.52) in the dual meet draw.

The Gophers swept the relays as Whitehead, Tyler, Jamison and Radecke clocked a 1:43.15 to win the women's 200 medley relay. Rutgers' Lindblad, Longacre, Whetstone and Brittney Kuras tied with Minnesota's Castina Wabecke, Spencer, Belk and Eggers with matching 1:45.58s. Rider went 1-2 in the dual meet with Kraus, Sullivan, O'Connor and Stephanie Anderer leading the way with a 1:52.64.

In time trials of the 1650 free, Ashley Steenvoorden posted an NCAA B cut with a 16:20.78.

In New Jersey age group exhibitions, Lakeland Hills' Chloe Rippey, Kate Bernauer, Alexis Faria and Katie Kiely claimed the girls 9-10 200 free relay victory in 2:03.73. Berkeley Aquatic Club's Andrew Rattray, Kevin Flynn, David Paris and Jonathan Hua won the boys 9-10 200 free relay in 1:58.96.

The evening also featured some other fun events including clown diving and some exciting mixed Masters relays. Josh Davis and Eric Shanteau put together a two-man relay with each trading off legs of both the 200 medley and 200 free relays. The Olympians competed against mixed Masters relays from the area.