Women's Swimming & Diving Finishes Fourth, Men Fifth at UAA Championships
Rochester, N.Y., February 19, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis women’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place out of seven schools while the WUSTL men’s team placed fifth as the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships drew to a close on Saturday evening in Rochester, N.Y.
Washington University’s women’s team had a three-day tally of 1,106 points, finishing just four points behind third-place Carnegie Mellon University. The Bears’ men’s squad accrued 1,048 points. Emory University won both the men’s and women’s team championships.
Freshman Chi Pham wrapped up her incredible UAA Championship meet by being named the 2011 UAA Women’s Rookie of the Year. She is the fourth women’s student-athlete in school history to earn Rookie of the Year honors and the first to do so since teammate Karina Stridh in 2009.
Pham set two NCAA automatic qualifying marks earlier in the meet and added two more NCAA “B” cuts to her three day haul during Saturday night’s final session. She placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.12 and swam with Stridh, junior Amy Vanlishout and freshman Alison Siegel on the Bears’ fourth-place 400-freestyle relay team.
The 400-free relay posted an NCAA provisional time of 3:31.30, with Pham swimming a leadoff leg of 52.83. Senior Karin Underwood provided the WUSTL women’s team with its third NCAA qualifying time of the day, placing sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.33.
In men’s action senior David Chao won the UAA Championship in the 100-yard freestyle for the first time in his career, capturing the title with an NCAA “B” cut swim of 45.53.
Senior Michael Flanagan came in sixth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:52.69, which was fast enough to eclipse the provisional NCAA standard. Sophomore Mark Minowitz, senior Kartik Anjur, sophomore Brendan Morin and Chao teamed up to grab the runner-up position in the 400-free relay with a provisional qualifying swim of 3:03.71.
The Washington University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will have one final shot to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships at next weekend’s Midwest Invitational, hosted Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, in Chicago, Ill.
The official selections for the 2011 NCAA Championships will be posted on Tuesday, March 8, and will be available on www.ncaa.com.