WUSTL Women’s Swimming Wins WU Invitational, Men Finish Third
St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 12, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined to win 19 events as the women finished first and the men placed third at the WU Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Millstone Pool.
The Washington U. women won 17 of 20 events contested, scoring 1,144.5 points to win the meet over runner-up DePauw University who scored 809.5. On the men’s side, DePauw won with 1,017 points, while Lindenwood University finished second with 857 and Washington U. finished third with 749. Prior to Saturday's action, Washington U. also recognized its two seniors - Brendan Morin and Veronica Tse.
Junior Chi Pham led the way for the Washington U. women, winning a pair of individual events. Pham posted a season-best time of 2:09.82 to win the 200 individual medley, while freshman Amanda Stadermann finished second in 2:11.33. Pham also led a first- through fourth-place sweep for the Bears in the 100 backstroke, winning with a time of 1:00.06. Freshmen Hannah Lillioja (1:02.57) and Katie Anderson (1:03.73) followed in second and third, while junior Meghan Lam (1:04.12) finished fourth.
Pham also added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.80. Freshman Kristalyn McAfee won the event in 54.53, while junior Jennifer Tartavull placed third in 55.07. Pham teamed with Tartavull, Stadermann and junior Allison Siegel to win the 200-medley relay in 1:50.84. Pham also led off the Bears’ winning 400-medley relay, teaming with freshman Sophie Gan, Stadermann and McAfee to win in 4:02.82. Pham was part of a fifth first-place performance as she teamed up with Stadermann, freshman Grace Counts and Tartavull to win the 400-freestyle relay in 3:37.89.
Stadermann added a pair of individual first-place finishes. She won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.21, while sophomore Hannah Chase placed second in 1:02.01. Stadermann also led a first- through fifth-place sweep for Washington U. in the 200 butterfly, winning in a time of 2:07.71. Freshman Toireasa Rafferty-Millett (2:13.94), Chase (2:15.63), sophomore Sara Taege (2:17.31) and junior Grace Murray (2:17.60) followed in second through fifth, respectively.
Taege won the 500 freestyle in 5:11.66 and added a second individual win in the 400 individual medley (4:42.41), edging out McAfee who was second in a season-best time of 4:42.42. Taege, McAfee, Counts and Tartavull also won the 800-freestyle relay in 7:53.90. The 200-freestyle relay team of Anderson, McAfee, Tartavull and Siegel posted a winning time of 1:40.09.
Gan swept the breaststroke events with a pair of season-best times. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.79 and posted the winning time of 2:25.24 in the 200 breaststroke. Anderson finished first in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.67. Counts (1:58.67), Rafferty-Millett (1:59.44), and Tartavull (1:59.73) swept the top three spots in the 200 freestyle. Murray was the final event winner for the Washington U. women, claiming first in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 18:07.06.
Sophomore Luke Dobben was the lone event winner for the Washington U. men. He won the 500 freestyle in 4:42.55, and also placed first in the 200 butterfly (1:56.30).
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action Friday, Jan. 18. The Bears travel to Elsah, Ill., to take on Principia College in a dual meet set to begin at 6 p.m.