Three School Records Fall on Second Day of 2011 UAA Championships
Rochester, N.Y., February 18, 2011 — The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined to set three new school records while posting NCAA Division III Championship qualifying times in nine events on the second day of the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Friday, Feb. 18, in Rochester, N.Y.
After two full days of competition the WUSTL women’s team remains in third place overall with a score of 736.5 points, while the men’s team sits in fourth place with a tally of 734 points.
Freshman Chi Pham continued to have a stellar meet for the women’s team, posting NCAA qualifying marks in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-medley relay. Her first-place time of 56.88 in the 100-back was an NCAA Championship automatic qualifier, her second of the meet.
Pham teamed with junior Catherine Rafferty-Millett, freshman Grace Murray and junior Karina Stridh in the 200-medley to lead off Friday night’s session, with the squad posting an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:46.95 on the way to a third-place finish overall.
Stridh finished fifth in the 100-back finals with an NCAA provisional time of 57.94, and Murray, freshman Paige VanTassell, junior Amy Vanlishout and senior Karin Underwood represented the Bears’ fourth-place 800-free relay team, which eclipsed NCAA “B” standards with a time of 7:44.87.
Senior Kartik Anjur and sophomore Brendan Morin were the stars for Washington University’s men’s team on Friday, with each setting a new school record. Morin won the 100-yard butterfly with a Washington University record and NCAA provisional swim of 49.87. Anjur won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.02, shaving 0.04 seconds off the school record he set at the Wheaton Invitational earlier this season.
Morin and Anjur were also on the Bears’ second-place 200-medley relay team. They swam with freshman Brian Carpenter and senior David Chao as the squad made an NCAA “B” cut with a time of 1:32.97.
Chao was the runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle with a provisional time of 1:41.24, and Chao, freshman Jason Wan, junior Chris Valach and sophomore Mark Minowitz finished the 800-free relay in 6:52.28, finishing in second place with another NCAA “B” swim.
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams conclude competition at the UAA Championships on Saturday, Feb. 19, in Rochester, N.Y. Preliminary action will commence at 10 a.m. (ET), with the finals session scheduled for 6 p.m.