WUSTL Women Finish Third, Men Fifth at UAA Championships; Zane Turpin Named Men's Swimmer of the Year
Chicago, Ill., Feb. 16, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s swimming & diving team finished third and the men finished fifth at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships at the University of Chicago. In addition, sophomore Zane Turpin received UAA Men’s Swimmer of the Year honors.
The Washington U. women tallied 1,219.5 points to finish third overall behind UAA champion Emory University (1,955) and runner-up University of Chicago (1,435). The Bears outscored fourth-place Carnegie Mellon University by 27 points. The third-place finish was the highest for the WUSTL women since finishing as the UAA runner-up in 2008. On the men’s side, Washington U. scored 1,067 points to finish fifth overall. Emory (1,818.5), Carnegie Mellon (1,300), Chicago (1,230.5), and Case Western Reserve University (1,184.5) finished first through fourth, respectively.
Turpin was named the UAA Men’s Swimmer of the Year after winning a pair of individual titles at the three-day meet. He is the first men’s swimmer of the year honoree in school history. On the final day of competition, Turpin clocked a UAA-, pool-, and school-record time of 15:33.93 to win the men’s 1,650 freestyle for the second year in a row. The time bettered the previous UAA record of 15:37.60 set by Emory’s Paul Weinstein in 2011, and also improved Turpin’s own school record of 15:46.89 set at last year’s UAA Championships.
Sophomore Luke Dobben finished second behind Turpin in the 1,650 freestyle, posting a career-best time of 15:39.31. Dobben also broke Turpin’s 1,000-freestyle school record during the race with a time of 9:27.01. Both Turpin and Dobben achieved A-cuts for the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships in the 1,650 freestyle. Dobben added a sixth-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 1:51.85. He posted a season-best and B-cut time of 1:51.15 during Saturday morning’s prelims.
The women’s 400-freestyle relay team of freshmen Grace Counts and Kristalyn McAfee, sophomore Sara Taege and junior Jenn Tartavull finished as the UAA runner-up, with a B-cut time of 3:29.42. McAfee also picked up all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle in a B-cut time of 51.97. She posted a season-best and B-cut time of 51.78 during the prelims Saturday morning.
Freshman Amanda Stadermann placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a B-cut time of 2:05.29. Taege also posted a B-cut in the event, finishing 11th in 2:08.58. Junior Grace Murray posted a season-best and B-cut time of 17:26.68 to finish fifth in the women’s 1,650 freestyle. Freshman Sophie Gan also picked up a fifth-place finish, recording a season-best and B-cut time of 2:22.76 in the 200 breaststroke. Freshman Katie Anderson finished fifth in the women’s 200 backstroke with a B-cut time of 2:06.07.
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will be back in action Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at the Midwest Invitational in Chicago.
FRIDAY RECAP - Kristalyn McAfee, Zane Turpin Claim UAA Individual Titles for Washington U. Swimming Teams
Feb. 15, 2013 - The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams added two more individual titles on the second day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Friday at the University of Chicago.
The Washington U. women remained in third place in the team standings with 808.5 points after two days. Emory University is in first place with 1,314 points, while the University of Chicago is second with 987.5. In the men’s standings, Washington U. sits in fifth place with 706 points. Emory (1,301.5), Chicago (893.5), Case Western Reserve (861.5) and Carnegie Mellon (857) are in first through fourth in the men’s standings.
Freshman Kristalyn McAfee and sophomore Zane Turpin each claimed individual titles for the Bears. Turpin clocked a career-best and B-cut time of 4:01.19 to win the men’s 400 individual medley. McAfee and freshman Grace Counts each posted season-best times to sweep the top-two spots in the women’s 200 freestyle. McAfee improved her own school record in the event with a B-cut time of 1:51.05, while Counts finished second with a B-cut time of 1:52.39.
In the men’s 100 butterfly, senior Brendan Morin finished third in 49.82, while freshman Reed Dalton followed in fourth in 49.99. During the prelims of the event, Dalton posted a school-record and A-cut time of 49.25 to advance to the final.
Sophomore Sara Taege finished fourth in the women’s 400 individual medley with a B-cut time of 4:30.05. She had posted a season-best and B-cut time of 4:29.25 during Friday morning’s prelims. The Washington U. women also got a fourth-place finish by freshman Hannah Lillioja in the 100 backstroke with a B-cut time of 57.44. Junior Chi Pham finished 10th overall, but posted a season-best and B-cut time of 58.21 in the B final of the event.
The men’s 800-freestyle relay team of sophomores Luke Dobben, Matt Nutter, Turpin, and junior Alex Cox finished third with a B-cut time of 6:51.66. In the men’s 200-medley relay, freshman Kaisen Yao, junior Brian Carpenter, Dalton and Morin teamed up to finish third with a B-cut time of 1:32.46.
Taege, Counts, McAfee and freshman Toireasa Rafferty-Millett teamed up to finish as the UAA runner-up in the 800-freestyle relay with a B-cut time of 7:31.91. The women’s 200-medley relay team of Pham, junior Jennifer Tartavull, sophomore Hannah Chase and junior Allison Siegel placed third with a time of 1:47.26.
THURSDAY RECAP - Washington U.'s Luke Dobben, Sara Taege Sweep 500 Freestyles on Day One of UAA Championships
Feb. 14, 2013 - Sophomores Luke Dobben and Sara Taege each claimed University Athletic Association (UAA) titles in the men’s and women’s 500 freestyle for the Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving teams on the first day of the UAA Championships Thursday evening in Chicago.
After the first day of competition, the Washington U. women sit in third place in the team standings, while the men are in fifth. The WUSTL women scored 377 points, to sit behind first-place Emory (655) and second-place Chicago (462.5). Emory also leads the men’s standings with 594.5 points, followed by Case Western Reserve (393), Chicago (347), Carnegie Mellon (337), and Washington U. (318).
Dobben repeated as the UAA champion by clocking a career-best and B-cut time of 4:30.01. Taege also posted a career-best and B-cut time to claim her first-career UAA championship in the women’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.49. Meanwhile, freshman Grace Counts also posted a B-cut and season-best time of 5:00.40 to place sixth in the women’s 500 freestyle.
The men’s 400-medley relay team of sophomore Matt Nutter, junior Brian Carpenter, freshman Reed Dalton and senior Brendan Morin also earned all-UAA honors by finishing third in a B-cut time of 3:23.49. The WUSTL men also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.01.
The women’s 400-medley relay team of junior Chi Pham, and freshmen Sophie Gan, Hannah Lillioja and Kristalyn McAfee placed fourth with a B-cut time of 3:54.39. Washington U.’s 200-freestyle relay added a third-place finish in a B-cut time of 1:36.40.
McAfee and Pham each posted B-cut times to finish seventh and eighth in times of 2:07.56 and 2:07.66, respectively, in the 200 individual medley. Both of them posted season-bests in the prelims of the event Thursday morning. In the men’s 50 freestyle, Nutter placed seventh (21.18) and Dalton followed in eighth (21.42).