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Tartans Set Two More School Records at UAA Championships

men's swimmer doing breaststroke event

(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's swimming and diving team continued competition on Friday, February 16 at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships at the University of Chicago. The Tartans are in fourth place with 780 points heading into the final day.

Top Performances

  • Four Tartans swam in the C-final of 400-yard IM with sophomore David Zoota leading the group with a second-place finish in the heat and 18th-place finish overall in a time of 4:02.17. His time is a career-best and top time of the season for the Tartans.
  • Graduate student Aleksander Tarczynski finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a career-best time of 48.29 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.
  • Graduate student Willem Goedecke was the top finisher for the Tartans in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 15th with a time of 1:41.08.
  • Junior Christian Lanuza placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.66. In the B-final, freshman Aaron Lee finished with a time of 55.22 to win the heat and provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.
  • Freshman Brayden Morford touched second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.06. Sophomore Arnav Deshpande placed fourth with a time of 48.15 and freshman Ljubomir Popovic placed eighth with a time of 49.78.
  • Morford and Deshpande's times in the finals of the 100-yard backstroke were career-best times while Popovic had a career-best time and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the preliminaries at 49.15.
  • The Tartans placed third in the 200-yard medley relay with another school-record time. Deshpande, Lee, Tarczynski, and sophomore DJ Lloyd finished in a time of 1:27.51.


  • Morford set his second school record at the meet by topping Justin Britton's 2022 time of 47.50 in the 100-yard backstroke.
  • The 200-yard medley relay topped the school record of 1:28.12 set earlier this season.

Up Next

  • The UAA Championships conclude on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT with the preliminaries and the finals set to begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.