Oberlin Competes in Second Swim Meet of the Season


Courtesy of Lucas Draper

The Yeomen dive into the second meet of the season.

Last weekend, the men’s and women’s Swim and Dive teams traveled to Canton, Ohio to take on the Malone University Pioneers.

Both teams started off the meet extremely strong, beating the Pioneers in the 200-yard medley relay. The women’s team, consisting of second-years Bella Sites, Skye Slade, Elinor Frost, and fourth-year Elisabeth Ragone, recorded an impressive time of 1 minute and 57.74 seconds, while the men’s team, comprising of second-years Isaac Viviano, Myles Felt, Erik Fendorf and first-year Leo Powers, set an equally high standard for the rest of the meet with their time of 1:38.70.

The successes set by the medley teams put the Yeomen and Yeowomen in full speed for the rest of the meet. They lead in practically every event and multiple members of both teams set personal records.

Most notably for the Yeowomen, first-year Celia Perks recorded her fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley of 2:36.90. Second-year Rosalie Baron and third-year Lily Azaran also set personal records in the 100-yard breaststroke event, with Baron setting a time of 1:18.08, and Azaran with a time of 1:22.95.

“Some of us, like myself, swam events that we don’t normally train for,” Azaran said. “So for me it was really fun to swim a 100 breaststroke, an event that I haven’t before swam at Oberlin. Obviously getting wins on both sides is great for a dual meet, so I’m really proud of the team for that.”

For the Yeomen, first-year Miguel Siwady was able to set an impressive personal record of 10:00.16 in the 1,000- yard freestyle event. Fendorf also followed up his initial relay performance with fantastic showings in both the 200- yard freestyle (1:50.16) and 500-yard freestyle (5:04.19).

The diving team also had strong performances across the board. Fourth-year diver Lucas Draper recorded two career bests in both the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive with scores of 151.35 and 159.6 respectively. Second-year Helene Prince also set a personal record on the 1-meter, with a score of 141.35.

Both Oberlin teams were able to cap off the meet with yet another pair of impressive medleys in the 200-yd. freestyle. Ragone, along with third-year Hannah Hale, and second-years Charlotte Hantus and Izzy Pfaff, won in the women’s event with a time of 1:44.27. The Yeomen were able to win in a similar fashion, with first-years Siwady, Daniel Bosci, and Tyler Wang, along with second-year Jack Stewart, putting up a strong performance with a time of 1:32.35.

“So much training goes into these races, and I’m grateful to be able to swim with a team that supports and pushes each other every single day,” Hale wrote in an email to the Review. “Getting to celebrate a win that we accomplished as a team of four is one of the best parts of this sport.”

The team will compete against the University of Mount Union this Saturday.