Washington U.'s Luke Dobben Wins 500 Freestyle at UAA Championships
DAY 2 RESULTS
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Cleveland, Ohio, February 16, 2012 – Freshman Luke Dobben won the conference title in the men's 500 freestyle to lead the Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving teams on the second day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships being hosted by Case Western Reserve University.
In the second day of competition at the UAA Championships, Dobben swam a season-best and B cut time of 4:33.99 to earn his first career individual conference title. Senior Chris Valach also earned All-UAA honors for the Bears in the 500 freestyle, finishing third with a time of 4:37.50.
The Washington U. men also had two relays earn All-UAA honors. The 400 medley relay team of sophomores Jason Wan, Brian Carpenter and Brendan Morin, and freshman Matt Nutter finished third with a B cut time of 3:25.77. Nutter, Morin and Wan also teamed up with junior Mark Minowitz to finish as the UAA runners-up in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.51. Individually, Morin finished fourth in the A final of the 50 freestyle (21.02) and Nutter followed in sixth place (21.51).
The Washington U. women's 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Chi Pham, freshmen Jennifer Tartavull and Katie Crist, and sophomore Allison Siegel finished second in the A final of the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.10 to earn All-UAA honors. Pham also added a sixth-place finish in the A final of the women’s 200 individual medley in 2:08.84.
Freshman Sara Taege posted a B cut time during Thursday's competition as well. She finished first in the B final of the women’s 500-yard freestyle with a season-best and B cut time of 5:00.52.
After two days of competition, the Washington University men and women both sit in sixth place in the team standings. The WUSTL women have scored 270 team points, while the men have tallied 316 points. Day three of the UAA Championships is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. (ET) at Veale Natatorium. The women’s three-meter diving preliminary begins at 1 p.m. (ET) at William H. Johnson Natatorium on the campus of John Carroll University.