St. Louis, Mo., July 29, 2014 – Three individual student-athletes reached the pinnacle of their respective events by winning National Championships for Washington University in 2013-14. It is the most individual National Champions in one year in Washington University history.
Freshman Michael Lagieski set an NCAA National Championships meet record and broke his own Washington University school record on his way to winning the national title in the men’s 100 breaststroke at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships March 21 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Lagieski became the fourth men’s swimmer in school history to claim a national championship, after being named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year in February.
Senior Anna Etherington finished her career in perfect fashion by winning the women’s pole vault national championship at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 22 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She cleared seven consecutive heights on her first attempt to win the event with a school-record height of 4.15 meters. Etherington’s winning height ranks fourth all-time in NCAA Division III history.
Junior Lucy Cheadle clocked the sixth-fastest time in NCAA Division III history en route to winning the national championship in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 24. Cheadle pulled away from the rest of the field to win with a stadium- and school-record time of 10:20.06, which was more than nine second faster than her own previous school record in the event.
Etherington and Cheadle became the fourth and fifth national champions in Washington U. women’s track & field history. It marked the first time in program history that Washington U. had multiple individual national champions in the same year.
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