Women's Swimming & Diving Finishes Second, Men Fourth, at Thanksgiving Invite
St. Louis, Mo., November 21, 2010 — The Washington University women’s swimming and diving team came in second place and the men’s team finished fourth at the Washington University Thanksgiving Invitational, held Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 20-21, in St. Louis, Mo.
The Washington U. women’s team tallied a team score of 1,027.5 points at the two-day meet, while NCAA Division I Saint Louis University won the women’s team title with a score of 1,267. NAIA member Lindenwood University won the men’s meet with a score of 1,143.5, with Washington University totaling 613 points.
The two teams combined to boast first-place finishers in three different events. Freshman Meghan Lam placed first in the women’s 400-individual medley with a time of 4:42.75, and classmate Grace Murray came in first in the 1,650-freestyle, finishing in 17:58.61.
On the men’s side, senior David Chao won the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:44.24, and earned runner-up finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.68) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.57).
The women’s 200-freestyle relay team comprised of freshman Chi Pham, junior Karina Stridh, junior Amy Vanlishout and freshman Allison Siegel placed second with a time of 1:42.50, while Stridh, Pham, freshman Grace Powers and Siegel earned a second-place finish in the 200-medley relay (1:53.19).
In individual action, Stridh was also the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (25.21), Pham placed second in the 200-yard IM (2:14.18) and Murray was second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.14).
For the WUSTL men’s team, junior Chris Valach placed third in the 1,650-free (16:57.73), sophomore Brendan Morin, sophomore Mark Minowitz, senior Kartik Anjur and Chao placed third in the 200-free relay (1:28.86), Anjur, Valach, Chao and freshman Jason Wan came in third in the 800-free relay (7:10.73) and Minowitz, Chao, Wan and Anjur finished third in the 400-free relay (3:14.05).
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams close out their fall semester with the Wheaton College Invitational, to be held Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, in Wheaton, Ill.