Washington U. Women Finish 12th, Men 21st at NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
Shenandoah, Texas, March 23, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams added four All-America finishes and three school records on the final day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at Conroe Natatorium.
The Washington University women finished 12th in the team standings with 88 points, marking the highest finish for the Bears since placing sixth in 2008. It was also the ninth top-15 finish for the WUSTL women. The Washington U. men had three top-six individual finishes to land them 21st in the team standings with 44 points. It was the 11th time the Bears have finished in the top-25, including the 10th time in the past 11 years.
Sophomores Luke Dobben and Zane Turpin highlighted the four All-America finishes for Washington U. Saturday with third- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in the men’s 1,650 freestyle. Dobben raced to the first All-America honor of his career by shaving more than 11 seconds off his previous career-best time, placing third in 15:28.03. The time broke Turpin’s school record in the event by nearly six seconds, and Dobben also lowered his own school record in the 1,000 free by nearly six seconds (9:21.31) in the swim. Turpin also posted times faster than the previous school records in both the 1,000 (9:23.86) and the 1,650 (15:32.25).
The women’s 400-free relay team had a record-setting day for the Bears as well. The team of freshman Grace Counts, freshman Kristalyn McAfee, sophomore Sara Taege and junior Chi Pham broke the school record in the prelims with a time of 3:27.79 to advance to the consolation final of the event. In the meet’s final event Saturday evening, Counts, Pham, Taege and McAfee shaved another second off their school-record time to win the consolation final and finish ninth overall in 3:26.77.
McAfee also added a 12th-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 51.62 Saturday evening, after clocking a season-best time of 51.45 during the prelims. It was McAfee’s third individual All-America finish of the meet, after she placed fourth in the 200 freestyle and 10th in the 200 individual medley.
Three other individuals competed for Washington U. Saturday. Freshman Katie Anderson swam to 24th in the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:04.71, while Pham was 35th in the 100 free in 52.64. Freshman Reed Dalton finished 50th in the men’s 100 free in 46.92.
Overall, Washington University finished with 12 All-America finishes and seven school records during the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships. McAfee swam to All-America finishes in six events (100 free, 200 free, 200 individual medley, 200-medley relay, 400-free relay, 800-free relay), and was part of three school records (200 free, 400-free relay, 800-free relay) set by the Washington U. women during the meet. All 11 individual qualifiers for the Washington University men’s and women’s swimming teams earned All-America honors in at least one event.