Oilers sweep back-to-back weekends in Sink Natatorium

Bellarmine and Ohio Wesleyan both left the Findlay Pool defeated 

By Kevin Schrock 

The University of Findlay men’s and women’s swimming teams played host to swim meets each of the last two weekends. On Oct. 29, Bellarmine University ventured into the Sink Natatorium only to leave with a 166-102 loss on the men’s side and a 145-115 loss on the women’s side. A week later it was Ohio Wesleyan University that took their shot at the Oilers. They too were bounced out of Findlay with a pair of losses, 138-76 on the men’s side and 151-61 on the women’s side. 

Janko Radmanovic, as he has been for much of his career at Findlay, was a staple in the squad’s performance against Bellarmine. He tallied wins in the 1000-yard freestyle, besting the field by 20 seconds, the 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard butterfly, which he won by 10 seconds. These complimented his first place performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay when he teamed up with Cody Craig, Nick Kaftan, and Isaac Stretch to claim the top spot. 

It was sophomore Amanda Stiegel that led the way for the women’s team. She claimed a victory in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyles. She edged out her win in the 100 by less than a second and squeaked out the 200 by less than two seconds. Like Radmanovic, Stiegel also participated in the 400-yard freestyle relay with teammates Olivia Wile, Julia Snell, and Emma Barnes, and like Radmanovic they, won. 

The next week against Ohio Wesleyan the men would be forced to swim without their All-American Janko Radmanovic in the pool. 

It was Cody Craig who filled the void by participating in a pair of relay wins in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Craig also finished faster than the field in the 50-yard freestyle while Nick Kaftan got a pair of victories in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles. 

The women, who took first place in ten of the afternoon’s events, saw Hanna Cederholm, Lauren Blanchard, Wile, and Reagan Lutz snag a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Wile also earned a first place finish with her 200-yard freestyle relay with Brittany Borzych, Kathryn Samuelson, along with Stiegel. Blanchard and Cederholm each earned an additional first place finish as well. Blanchard finished first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.06, four seconds faster than second place. Cederholm’s time of 2:29.55 in the 200-yard breaststroke also earned her an additional first place finish, eight seconds faster than her closest opponent. 

The swim team is back in action on Saturday in Romeoville, Illinois. They will be up against the Hillsdale Chargers and the Lewis Flyers. The team’s only home meet left will be against Grand Valley on Jan. 14.

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