Washington U. Women Swim to Four All-America Honorable Mention Finishes on Day One of NCAA Championships
Shenandoah, Texas, March 20, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s swimming team had three individuals and a relay place in the top-16 on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday at Conroe Natatorium.
Overall, Washington U. scored 18 points on day one to sit in 14th in the women’s team standings. Two individuals from the WUSTL men’s team also competed Wednesday.
The women’s 200-medley relay team of juniors Chi Pham, Jenn Tartavull, Allison Siegel and freshman Katie Anderson broke the school record to highlight Wednesday’s finishes. The team finished third in their preliminary heat with a school-record time of 1:46.78 to advance to the consolation final, then bettered that time to 1:46.74 to finish in 14th place. The times lowered the previous school record of 1:46.95 set in 2011.
Freshman Kristalyn McAfee was the highest finisher of the day for the Bears, clocking a season-best time of 2:06.03 to place 10th in the women’s 200 individual medley. Pham placed 16th in the event with a time of 2:07.75, after recording a season-best of 2:05.84 in the prelims. Sophomore Sara Taege also earned All-America honorable mention honors, finishing 13th in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.36.
Freshman Reed Dalton and sophomore Luke Dobben also swam in their first events of the meet for the Washington U. men Wednesday. Dalton finished 43rd in the 50 freestyle (21.46), while Dobben was 33rd in the 500 freestyle (4:39.86).
Five individuals and two relays are scheduled to compete for the Washington U. men and women on the second day of competition Thursday. Taege (400 individual medley), McAfee (200 freestyle) and freshman Grace Counts (200 freestyle) will compete for the Washington U. women, along with the 200-freestyle and 400-medley relays. Dalton (100 butterfly) and sophomore Zane Turpin (400 individual medley) will be in action for the WUSTL men Thursday.