Men's 200-Medley Relay Team Breaks School Record at 2011 NCAA Championships
Knoxville, Tenn., March 23, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s 200-medley relay team set a new school record to highlight the first day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
The 200-medley relay team of senior Kartik Anjur, freshman Brian Carpenter, sophomore Brendan Morin and senior David Chao turned in a school-record breaking time of 1:31.95 during Wednesday evening’s final, breaking the old record of 1:32.75 and picking up 24 points to place the Washington University men’s team in 12th-place overall through the first day of the championship meet.
For the Washington University women’s team, freshman Chi Pham picked up the first All-America finish of her career with a ninth-place showing in the 200-yard individual medley. Pham won the consolation final with a personal best time of 2:04.52, earning nine points to place the WUSTL women in 23rd place.
The Bears fielded competitors in three other events on Wednesday. Junior Chris Valach finished 17th in the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 4:35.12, while freshman Grace Murray came in 43rd in the women’s 500-freestyle with a time of 5:10.06.
In addition to his All-America finish in the 200-medley relay, Chao also competed in the 50-yard freestyle where he finished 27th during the preliminary session with a time of 20.96.
Washington University will return to action for the second day of the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships on Thursday, March 24, in Knoxville, Tenn., with preliminary competition scheduled to begin with the 200-free relay starting at 10 a.m. (ET).