Men’s Swimming and Diving Swims Strong in Home Opener

mens-swimming-and-divingThe Illinois Tech Men’s Swimming and Diving team put together a dominant performance on November 5, defeating Liberal Arts Conference foe Loras College in a dual meet at Ekco Pool 173-54.

Meet Highlights

  • Fresh off of a Player of the Week award in his first collegiate meet, Karsen Diepholz won the 1000 Yard Freestyle with a time of 10:00.64. Diepholz, Miles Thompson (10:18.06), and Benjamin Cohen (11:14.32) finished first, second, and third in the event.
  • Thompson also placed first in the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:00.96, an event that saw Illinois Tech have the top five swimmers (Thompson, Zachary Bonson (5:01.40), Luke Workman (5:05.91), Tristan Busch (5:15.94), and Grant Kitahata (5:27.26).
  • The Scarlet Hawks also swept the 200 Yard Freestyle event, as Workman (1:51.05), Bonson (1:53.06), and Jay Korhonen (1:56.79) finished as the event’s top three. Korhonen’s final split of 26.98s allowed him to finish over two seconds to clinch third place.
  • Korhonen built off the momentum set in the 200 Yard Freestyle, winning the 400 Yard Individual Medley with a time of 4:22.09.
  • Julian Escasa won the 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 52.89s and was also part of both the 400 Yard Medley Relay and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay victories.
  • Ryan Lakner, Brendan Howley, Escasa, and Euon Seok Jo combined for the 400 Yard Medley Relay victory (3:33.64). Howley also won the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 58.75s.
  • In the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, Escasa, Matt Schindler, Diepholz, and Workman placed first with a time of 3:22.13.
  • In addition to his contribution on the 400 Yard Medley Relay, Lakner won the 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 56.84s.
  • David Polzin won the event’s 1 Meter Diving event with a score of 168.75.
  • John Wolniak had a strong meet, highlighted by his second-place 100 Yard Backstroke finish (1:01.41) and 59.71s time in his leg of the 400 Yard Medley Relay.

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will host both Illinois Wesleyan and Carthage on Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. at Ekco Pool.