Anjur and Pham Break Men's and Women's 100-Backstroke Records on Friday Night
Knoxville, Tenn., March 25, 2011 — Senior Kartik Anjur and freshman Chi Pham led the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams with a pair of school-record breaking swims in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday night during the third day of the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Pham finished in fifth-place in the women’s 100-back final with a time of 56.09, to garner All-America accolades for the second time during this year’s national championship; she also finished ninth in the 200-yard individual medley on Wednesday evening.
Anjur broke his own school record in the 100-back with a 10th-place mark of 49.85 on Friday night. He was also a member of the Bears’ ninth-place 800-freestyle relay team along with senior David Chao, sophomore Mark Minowitz and junior Chris Valach, who submitted a season-best time of 6:42.62 to capture All-America honors. Washington U. has now fielded an All-American men’s 800-free relay team for nine-straight years.
With one day remaining at the NCAA Championships the Washington University men’s squad sits in 16th place overall with a three-day score of 53 points, while the women’s team is in 25th place with 23 points.
Freshman Grace Murray swam in the women’s 200-yard butterfly preliminaries on Friday morning, finishing 24th with a time of 2:08.19, and Valach competed in the men’s 200-butterly, finishing 17th with a season-best time of 1:51.91.
Washington University concludes competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships on Saturday, March 26, in Knoxville, Tenn., with preliminary action scheduled for 10 a.m. (ET).