Men's Swimming & Diving Finishes 16th, Women 24th, at NCAA Championships
Knoxville, Tenn., March 26, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s swimming and diving team used a pair of All-American swims on Saturday night to capture 16th place at the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The Washington University women’s team finished in 24th place.
The Washington U. men ended the four-day championship meet with a score of 76 points, securing its ninth-straight top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships. The WUSTL women tallied a four-day score of 30 points to place in the top-25 for the ninth-straight season.
Denison University won the men’s title, edging Kenyon College 500.5-499.5, to end the Lords’ 31-year reign as the Division III men’s swimming and diving national champions. University Athletic Association (UAA) member Emory University won the women’s championship with a score of 614 points.
Senior David Chao picked up All-America honors in two more events on Saturday to bring his 2011 haul to four and end his career as a 14-time All-American.
Chao finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 45.28, earning All-America honors in the event for the second year in a row. He teamed with sophomore Mark Minowitz, senior Kartik Anjur and sophomore Brendan Morin in the 400-freestyle relay to post a time of 3:02.01 and finish in ninth place.
Freshman Grace Murray was the only competitor for the WUSTL women on Saturday and she finished in 10th place in the 1,650-yard freestyle to earn All-America accolades with a personal record time of 17:12.99.
Junior Chris Valach competed in the men’s 1,650-freestyle where he finished 20th time a time of 16:10.82, but he broke the school record through 1,000-meters with a mark of 9:38.24.