Washington University Swimming Teams Post 12 B-Cuts on First Day of Wheaton Invitational
Wheaton, Ill., Nov. 30, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming teams had a big first day at the Wheaton Invitational, posting 12 NCAA Division III B cuts, two school records and three meet records in Friday’s action.
Freshman Kristalyn McAfee led the way for the Washington U. women, as part of five of the B-cut performances. She finished second in the 100 freestyle with a season-best and B-cut time of 51.81. In the 200 individual medley, McAfee finished second behind freshman teammate Amanda Stadermann as both posted B-cut times. Stadermann set a season-best of 2:07.38 in the prelims, before winning the race in 2:07.58, while McAfee followed in second with a season-best 2:07.70 in the finals.
McAfee teamed up with freshman Grace Counts, sophomore Sara Taege and freshman Toireasa Rafferty-Millett to win the 800-freestyle relay with a B-cut time of 7:37.66. The time also set a meet record, and McAfee’s lead-off leg of 1:52.99 was a B-cut for the 200 freestyle. Freshman Katie Anderson, McAfee, junior Jennifer Tartavull and junior Allison Siegel broke the Washington University school record in winning the 200-freestyle relay with a B-cut time of 1:36.02.
Stadermann added a school and meet record of her own in the 200 butterfly prelims with a B-cut time of 2:05.05, before winning the race with a time of 2:05.07. Rafferty-Millett finished second in the event with a B-cut time of 2:07.45, while junior Grace Murray (2:11.07) and sophomore Hannah Chase (2:11.87) followed in third and fourth, respectively. Anderson added an individual B-cut time in the prelims of the 200 backstroke (2:03.69), before finishing second in the final with a time of 2:05.25.
The Washington U. men had three B-cut performances on the day. Sophomore Zane Turpin won the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 1:53.52, while sophomore Luke Dobben finished second in a season-best time of 1:54.40.
The 400-medley relay time of sophomore Matt Nutter, junior Brian Carpenter, senior Brendan Morin and freshman Reed Dalton finished second with a B-cut time of 3:25.33. Freshman Kaisen Yao, Carpenter, Morin and Dalton broke the pool and meet records and recorded a B cut with a time of 1:32.80 in a time trial for the 200-medley relay.
Washington U. had four other first-place finishes on the day. Dobben won the men’s 500 freestyle in a season-best time of 4:40.21, while Taege (5:03.98) and Counts (5:06.42) finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s 500 freestyle. The women’s 400-medley relay team of Anderson, Tartavull, Stadermann and McAfee posted a winning time of 3:55.31. Dobben, Nutter, junior Alex Cox and sophomore Will Miller teamed up to win the men’s 800-freestyle relay with a time of 6:58.71.
The Washington U. swimming and diving teams conclude their first-semester schedule with the second day of the Wheaton Invitational Saturday, Dec. 1.