Columbia, Mo., Oct. 4, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming teams combined for 15 top-10 finishes to highlight a strong showing at the Show-Me Showdown hosted by University of Missouri Friday evening.
The Washington U. women scored 234 points to finish fifth in the team standings, and two points ahead of sixth-place finisher NCAA Division II Truman State University. Missouri won the women's team title with 629.50 points. The Missouri men also won the meet with 673 points, while the WUSTL men placed sixth with 164.
Freshman Justin Morrell had the highest finish of the day for the Bears as he swam to third place in the men's 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 21.44. Sophomore Kaisen Yao finished 10th in the event in 21.81. Freshman Michael Lagieski had the only other top-10 individual finish for the WUSTL men, placing 10th in the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 58.57.
Morrell and Yao also swam on a pair of top-10 relays for Washington U. Morrell led off with 200-free relay and teamed with sophomore Reed Dalton, Yao and junior Matt Nutter to place ninth with a season-best time of 1:27.02. In the 200-medley relay, Yao, senior Brian Carpenter, Dalton and Morrell teamed up for a ninth-place finish in a season-best 1:34.74.
The Washington U. women had five individuals and five relays finish in the top-10 of their events. Sophomore Amanda Stadermann swam a season-best time of 58.96 to place fourth in the 100 butterfly. She also swam on a pair of top-10 relays. Stadermann led off the Bears' fourth-place finishing 400-free relay (3:38.73) that also included sophomore Grace Counts, freshman Connie Gan and sophomore Kristalyn McAfee. Washington U.'s team of freshman Erin Polries, junior Sara Taege, freshman MariMac Collins and sophomore Katie Anderson placed ninth in the event with a time of 3:45.49. In the 200-medley relay, senior Chi Pham, sophomore Sophie Gan, Stadermann and freshman Claire Savage placed ninth in a time of 1:52.85.
Pham added a seventh-place finish in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 2:11.51. Sophomore Hannah Lillioja also had a seventh-place showing in the 100 backstroke with a season-best 1:00.29. Connie Gan swam a season-best time of 54.63 to place eighth in the 100 freestyle, while McAfee added a 10th-place finish in the 500 free (5:13.86).
The WUSTL women added two more top-10 finishes in the 200-free relay. McAfee, Taege, Anderson and Savage teamed up to place fifth with a season-best time of 1:40.17. Counts, Pham, Collins and junior Katie Crist followed in eighth place in a time of 1:42.23.
Washington University returns to action with its second home meet of the season Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Bears take on DePauw University at 1 p.m. at Millstone Pool.