WUSTL’s Reed Dalton, Kristalyn McAfee Earn Fourth-Place Finishes on Day Two of NCAA Swimming Championships
Shenandoah, Texas, March 21, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis freshmen Reed Dalton and Kristalyn McAfee each broke their own school records on the way to fourth-place finishes on the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday at Conroe Natatorium.
After two days, the Washington U. women are in 14th place in the team standings with 41 points. Dalton’s 15 points put the WUSTL men in 24th place in the team standings.
Dalton became the first All-American of the meet for the Washington U. men with a fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. He broke his own school record by more than .7 of a second in Thursday morning’s prelims to advance to the championship final. Dalton then lowered his time by another .2 of a second to place fourth with a time of 48.33.
McAfee also had a record-breaking day for the WUSTL women. She shaved more than a second off her school-record time in the 200-freestyle prelims to advance to the championship final. In that final, she swam bettered her prelim time by more than .3 of a second, finishing fourth in 1:49.61.
The Washington U. women also added an honorable mention All-America finish in the 200-freestyle relay. The team of freshman Katie Anderson, McAfee, junior Jennifer Tartavull, and junior Allison Siegel swam to a 13th-place finish with a time of 1:36.09. The women’s 400-medley relay team of junior Chi Pham, freshman Toireasa Rafferty-Millett, McAfee and freshman Grace Counts just missed advancing to the consolation final, finishing 17th in 3:55.86.
Three other individuals competed for Washington U. Thursday. Counts placed 22nd in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.53. Sophomore Sara Taege was 26th in the women’s 400 individual medley (4:38.44), while sophomore Zane Turpin finished 20th in the men’s 400 IM (4:04.10).
Washington U. will have six individuals and a relay competing Friday. Sophomore Luke Dobben and Turpin will represent the men in the 200 butterfly, while Taege and Rafferty-Millett will compete in the 200 butterfly for the WUSTL women. Anderson and Pham are scheduled to compete in the 100 backstroke, and the women’s 800-free relay team will also take to the pool on day three.