Swimming and Diving Teams Split Home Dual Meet with Chicago on Saturday
St. Louis, Mo., November 6, 2010 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split a dual meet with University Athletic Association (UAA) foe University of Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Millstone Pool in St. Louis, Mo.
The WUSTL men’s squad picked up a 147-89 victory over the Maroons, but the women’s team fell 131-108. Washington University’s men’s team earned 10 first-place finishes on the day, while the women’s team captured first in six events.
Senior David Chao, junior Mike Rao and freshman Alex Cox each earned multiple first-place finishes in individual events on Saturday. Chao dominated the sprint free races, winning the 50-yard freestyle (21.51) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.59), while Cox locked down wins a pair of distance free events, the 500-yard free (4:52.47) and the 1,000-yard free (10:11.58).
Rao swept both diving events against Chicago, winning the one-meter springboard with a score of 219.80, and the three-meter with a mark of 251.20.
Freshmen Paige VanTassell and Chi Pham accomplished the same feat on the women’s side, earning a pair of victories at Saturday’s meet. VanTassell won the 200-free (1:57.79) and the 500-free (5:14.70). Pham swam the 400-individual medley for the first time this season, posting an impressive time of 4:40.66, and also won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.49).
Freshman Tyler Perez made it a WUSTL sweep in the 400-IM, posting a first-place time of 4:18.93 in the grueling event. Senior Kartik Anjur won the 200-freestyle (1:46.06) and senior Michael Flanagan grabbed first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.24). Anjur, freshman Brian Carpenter, Flanagan and Chao teamed to win the 200-medley relay with a time of 3:32.57.
Rounding out the top finishes on the women’s side, freshman Grace Murray won the 1,000-free (10:43.65) and freshman Allison Siegel placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.39).
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action for the Washington University Thanksgiving Invitational, to be held Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 20-21, at MICDS High School in Ladue, Mo.