Three WUSTL School Records Fall on Final Day of UAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio, February 18, 2012 – Freshmen Zane Turpin, Luke Dobben and Sara Taege all set school records to highlight the Washington University in St. Louis performances on the final day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at Case Western Reserve University.
The Washington U. men finished fourth in the team standings with 1,122 points. Emory University won the team championship with 1,897 points. The WUSTL women placed fifth with 905 points. Emory was the women’s team champion with 2,112 points. Dobben was named the UAA Male Rookie of the Year.
Turpin set a pool record and broke his own school record on his way to earning the first UAA individual title of his career in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He swam a B cut time of 15:46.89 to win the event. Dobben finished as the runner-up with a personal-best and B cut time of 15:50.88, which was also better than the previous pool record. His time also broke the Washington U. school record in the 1,000 freestyle. Senior Chris Valach also posted a B cut time, finishing fourth with a season-best time of 16:11.18. Dobben also earned All-UAA honors in the 200 butterfly, placing third with a B cut time of 1:51.63.
Taege broke the school record in the women’s 200 butterfly with a B cut time of 2:07.21. She finished fourth in the event, missing All-UAA honors by just .07 of a second. Taege’s time bettered the previous Washington U. record of 2:07.64. Taege teamed up with freshman Jennifer Tartavull and sophomores Chi Pham and Allison Siegel to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay with a B cut time of 3:31.59. Sophomore Grace Murray also posted a B cut time for the Washington U. women on Saturday. She finished sixth in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:39.00.
The Washington U. men’s 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Matt Nutter, junior Mark Minowitz, and sophomores Jason Wan and Brendan Morin swam a time of 3:05.69 to finish third and earn All-UAA honors.
The Washington U. men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will return to action at the Midwest Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, in Chicago.