Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Competes at Midwest Invitational
Chicago, Ill., February 26, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams had several student-athletes in competition at the University of Chicago Midwest Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, taking aim at one final shot to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championship meet.
Senior Kartik Anjur and junior Chris Valach both improved their chances for NCAA qualification thanks to strong swims at the Midwest Invitational. Anjur posted a time of 1:41.86 in a 200-yard freestyle time trial, setting a new season best in the process.
Valach swam a time of 1:51.95 in the 200-yard butterfly, a mark that ranks No. 14 in Division III so far this season, putting him in strong position to make the cut for the national meet.
Junior Karina Stridh submitted a pair of strong swims for the WUSTL women’s team. She posted an NCAA “B” cut in the 100-yard backstroke (57.79), which ranks 25th in the nation, and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.92), which is the 30th fastest time in Division III this year.
The official selections for the 2011 NCAA Championships will be posted on Tuesday, March 8, and will be available on www.ncaa.com.
This year’s national championship meet will be held Wednesday-Saturday, March 23-26, at the University of Tennessee Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.