The Oberlin Review

From Fresh Water, Comes New Beginnings with Carr Pool

From Fresh Water, Comes New Beginnings with Carr Pool

October 5, 2018

The new Patricia ’63 and Merrill ’61 Shanks Health and Wellness Center has given Oberlin students access to a new fitness center, state-of-the-art cardio machines, and several multi-purpose rooms. But perhaps the most impressive renovation is the swimming pool. Although Carr Pool is open to all students, those who have most directly benefited from its renovation are the athletes on Oberlin’s swim teams. Pools constructed for competitive swimming all tend to look the same: the water is...

Swimming and Diving to the Beat of a New Pool

Swimming and Diving to the Beat of a New Pool

September 21, 2018

After nearly two years of construction, the newly-renovated Carr Pool opened Wednesday, Sept. 19. The new space covers 15,315 square feet and offers 10 swimming lanes, a pair of one-meter and three-meter springboards, a giant television screen/scoreboard, a wet classroom, a meet-management area, and a hot tub. The Oberlin College swimming and diving team — which practiced at the Splash Zone Aquatic Center during the 2017-2018 season — is relieved to have the familiarity and convenienc...

Swimmers Set Records, Personal Bests at Conference

Swimmers Set Records, Personal Bests at Conference

February 23, 2018

The swimming and diving teams travelled to Denison University last week to compete at the four-day-long North Coast Athletic Conference championships. At the end of the grueling competition, the Yeowomen finished seventh out of nine teams with 584 points and the Yeomen placed eighth out of ten teams with 430 points. Denison University and Kenyon College — widely regarded as two of the three best programs in all of Division III — battled for the victory on both sides, with the Denison men’s team ...

Waters, Lin Headline Invitational for Swimming & Diving

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Swimming and Diving, Varsity Sports, Varsity Winter

Oberlin’s swimming and diving teams brought home brag-worthy achievements after their three-day Fredonia Invitational meet, with 83 season-best swims, 21 career-best times, and seven swims making it onto the Oberlin All-Time Swims list. Encompassing 386 points for the men’s team and 377 points for the women over the course of the meet, the Yeomen placed fourth in the meet and the Yeowomen placed fifth. “I was very proud of the way the team competed this past weekend,” Aquatics Director and Head Swimming and Diving Coach Andrew Brabson said. “We had a large number of lifetime bests, all-time top 10 performances, and had a 99 percent success rate for achieving season bests.” At the top of the scoreboard for the m...

Swimming, Diving Fall Short at Case Western Meet

Swimming, Diving Fall Short at Case Western Meet

November 10, 2017

The swimming and diving teams left Case Western Reserve University empty handed, with the men’s and women’s team losing 199–70 and 189–85, respectively. Despite first-year Tesla Waters having a performance worthy of the Oberlin all-time swims list, the Yeomen and Yeowomen were unable to snag a victory. “Case is a very strong team,” Aquatics Director and Head Swimming and Diving Coach Andrew Brabson wrote in an email to the Review. “The women are 11th and the men are 18th nationally i...

Swimming Faces Tumultous Season Without Pool

Swimming Faces Tumultous Season Without Pool

October 27, 2017

The men and women’s swimming and diving teams have just begun North Coast Athletic Conference competition, but they are in the midst of their toughest challenge of the season: swimming without their pool. As the renovation of Philips gym continues, the Yeomen and Yeowomen will swim at Splash Zone, a swimming complex a few minutes off-campus. In one of the toughest conferences in Division III swimming and diving, lacking a pool will be a constant thorn in the athletes’ sides in what is sure to be...

Yeowomen Take Fifth in Conference Finale

Yeowomen Take Fifth in Conference Finale

February 17, 2017

The swimming and diving teams shattered 20 personal records and two school records at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 8–11 at Denison University. Despite being low in numbers, the women captured fifth place overall while the men clinched eighth. “I think that everyone really put in their best work this past weekend,” said senior freestyler Maddie Prangley. “We saw a lot of improvement in things that we had been working on throughout the season, and it was amazing to see ...

In The Locker Room Michael Lin and Devyn Malouf

In The Locker Room Michael Lin and Devyn Malouf

December 9, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with first-year swimming and diving team members Devyn Malouf and Michael Lin to discuss their transition to college athletics, team camaraderie and personal improvements they have made throughout the season. In just a few months of college swimming, Malouf and Lin have already notched personal bests and logged top finishes. At Oberlin’s meet against Ohio Northern University on Nov. 12, Lin etched his name in the record books as he logged top-10 all time finishes wit...

Prangley Smashes Pool Record at Wittenberg Meet

Prangley Smashes Pool Record at Wittenberg Meet

December 2, 2016

The swimming and diving teams battled the Wittenberg University Tigers in Springfield, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 19 but both the men’s and women’s teams came up short in a key North Coast Athletic Conference meet. The Yeowomen dropped a thrilling matchup 107–116 while the Yeomen fell 125–90. Despite the outcome, the afternoon was filled with multiple first-place finishes, impressive rookie performances and a new pool record. “I think we have really come into our own this season,” said...

Yeowomen Beat Bears, Lin Notches Top-10 Finish

Yeowomen Beat Bears, Lin Notches Top-10 Finish

November 18, 2016

In a milestone day for several Oberlin swimmers and divers at Ohio Northern University last Saturday, the Yeowomen defeated the Polar Bears 130–100, while the Yeomen fell 149–77. Despite splitting the meet, Head Coach Andrew Brabson said he was encouraged by the progression he saw from both the men’s and women’s teams. “Overall, I was really pleased with how the teams did,” Brabson said. “We had a lot of season bests, a lot of improvement with some of the technical aspects we’re w...

Rookies Crucial for First Home Win Over Hiram

Rookies Crucial for First Home Win Over Hiram

November 4, 2016

The swimming and diving teams competed against The College of Wooster for their second conference matchup of the season last Saturday, but the Halloween weekend meet resulted in both squads falling short to the Fighting Scots. The Yeowomen lost 164–115 while the Yeomen fell 157–115. Head Coach Andrew Brabson said he believes that there were bright spots in the meet despite the loss. “They outswam us quite a bit but there were positive takeaways,” he said. “We did pretty well and had...

In The Locker Room with Swimming & Diving Captains

In The Locker Room with Swimming & Diving Captains

October 28, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with women’s swimming and diving team captains Nora Cooper and Kathleen Falk to discuss the importance of veteran leadership, offseason training and favorite memories. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: What are your team goals for this season? Kathleen Falk: We are hoping that we can go undefeated in dual meets this season. That’s something we did our first year. Placing fourth in our conference is another one. One that’s a l...

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