St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis totaled six event National Championships across cross country, swimming & diving and track & field during the 2018-19 academic year.
PAIGE LAWLER – Cross Country National Champion
Junior Paige Lawler captured the first individual national title in program history for the Bears cross country team, assisting in the second ever team national championship. Lawler set the pace for WashU, winning the 6K course in Winneconne, Wis. by more than three seconds. The Bears had three additional All-American finishes and narrowly edged out the reigning back-to-back national champions by a point, 98-99.
PEYTON WILSON, KEVIN VAN CLEAVE, ANDREW PEK, CHASE VAN PATTEN – S&D 400 Medley Relay National Champions
Junior Peyton Wilson, senior Kevin Van Cleave, senior Andrew Pek and junior Chase Van Patten combined efforts for the swimming & diving team to secure the first relay national title in program history by winning the 400 medley relay. Wilson opened the race in the 100 yard backstroke with a school record time of 48.23 before giving way to Van Cleave in the 100 breaststroke, Pek in the 100 butterfly and Van Patten in the final 100 freestyle. The group set the school record during prelims before shedding more than a second off the national championship winning time of 3:14.17.
BRANDON LUM – S&D 200 Butterfly National Champion
Senior Brandon Lum was victorious in the 200 butterfly for the second time in his career, while helping the men's swimming & diving team to a program best fifth place finish. He swam to a season-best time of 1:45.48 for the 2019 title. In 2017, Lum swam to his first national title in the same event with a Division III record time of 1:44.56 that still stands today.
EKA JOSE – IT&F and OT&F Triple Jump National Champion
Sophomore Eka Jose leapt her way to a pair of individual national championships on the year. She first claimed the triple jump event title in Boston, Mass. during the 2019 Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Jose was the lone individual to exceed 12 meters at the meet, posting a winning distance of 12.16m, before setting the school record en route to the triple jump national title at the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. She won the event in Geneva, Ohio with a record setting distance of 12.52m.
JASON SINGER, ANDREW WHITAKER, EDDIE WINTERGALEN, JOHN HARRY WAGNER – OT&F 1,600m Relay National Champions
The men combined to break the 4x400m relay school record multiple times throughout the season, which culminated in a national champion time of 3:09.77. Senior Jason Singer gave the Bears a solid lead before sophomore Andrew Whitaker and senior Eddie Wintergalen extended the gap. Sophomore John Harry Wagner anchored the final 400 meters and closed out the race with a school record time outkicking the 400 meter individual national champion from Loras.
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#2 - WashU Totals Six Individual National Championships
#3 - WashU Finishes Third in Directors' Cup
#4 - WashU Wins Eight UAA Titles
#5 - Record Finishes for MXC, MSwim & MITF
#6 - Women's Soccer Undefeated Regular Season/Final Four
#7 - John Howard named National Pitcher of the Year
#8 - Women's XC/TF Named Top Program in Division III
#9 - Historic Baseball Season
#10 - Alison Lindsay Named NCAA Top-10 Award winner