Washington University Tallies Three More All-America Swims on Friday
Minneapolis, Minn., March 19, 2010 - The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined to pick up three All-America finishes on the third day of the 2010 NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Led by a third-place finish in the 800-freestyle relay, the Washington U. men’s team moved up to 10th place in the team standings with 90 points. The Washington University women sit in a tie for 24th overall with 29 team points through three days of competition.
The men’s 800-freestyle relay team captured third place at the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row. This year’s foursome of senior Alex Beyer, junior Kartik Anjur, freshman Mark Minowitz and junior David Chao turned in a season-best performance with a time of 6:41.00, missing out on second place by just 0.63 seconds.
The top individual finish of the day went to women’s sophomore Karina Stridh, who placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke. Stridh finished in a season-best 56.52, and earns All-America accolades in the 100-yard backstroke for the second year in a row; she placed third in 2009.
Junior Michael Flanagan represented the third All-America finish for Washington U., although he did so in the first race of the day. Flanagan became a three-time All-American in the 200-yard butterfly as he posted a time of 1:51.70 in the final. His 2009-10 season-best mark came in the preliminaries, where he finished in 1:51.56.
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming teams will conclude competition at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, March 20, in Minneapolis, Minn. The Bears will field five individual competitors and a relay team on the championship meet’s final day and will participate in the women’s 1,650-free, the men’s 100-free, the women’s 100-free, the women’s 200-backstroke, the men’s 200-breaststroke and the men’s 400-freestyle relay.