December 6, 2013

Three School Records, 19 B-Cuts Highlight Day One of Wheaton Invite for WUSTL Swimming Teams

Wheaton, Ill., Dec. 6, 2013 – After one day of competition, the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming & diving teams both sit in first place in the team standings at the Wheaton Invitational hosted by Wheaton College, Ill., Friday-Saturday.

The Washington University women scored 565.5 points on the first day to lead the team race over host Wheaton (390). On the men's side, Washington U. scored 541 points to lead Wheaton by 220 points. The meet concludes tomorrow with finals in 18 events. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with finals beginning at 5 p.m.

The WUSTL men posted two school records on the day. Junior Matt Nutter set the school record in the 200 backstroke, winning in a B-cut time of 1:50.45. The time was more than 1.15 seconds better than Nutter's school record set last year.

Freshman Michael Lagieski won the 100 breaststroke in a B-cut time of 56.36, breaking the previous school record of 57.04 set by Dima Galkin in 2009. Senior Brian Carpenter finished second in 57.12 after also posting a B-cut in the prelims (56.93).

Sophomore Amanda Stadermann swam to first place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.29, while sophomore Toireasa Rafferty-Millett placed second in a B-cut time of 2:08.24. During the prelims, Stadermann broke the meet record and her own school record with a B-cut time of 2:04.60.

Junior Luke Dobben was part of four B-cuts and first-place finishes for the WUSTL men. He and junior Zane Turpin both posted B-cuts to finish first and second in the 500 free in times of 4:30.45 and 4:34.41, respectively. Dobben also won the 200 butterfly in a B-cut time of 1:50.96. He led off the 800-free relay, teaming with sophomore RJ Petrella, junior Will Miller and Turpin to win in a B-cut time of 6:51.69. Nutter, Lagieski, sophomore Reed Dalton and Dobben also set meet and pool records with a winning B-cut time of 3:22.15. Petrella also won an event for Washington U., taking first in the 200 individual medley in 1:54.18.

Sophomore Kristalyn McAfee was part of three B-cuts for the WUSTL women. She led a first- through third-place sweep in the 100 free with a winning time of 52.01 after posting a B-cut time of 51.88 in the prelims. Freshmen Claire Savage (52.78) and MariMac Collins (53.62) finished second and third, respectively. McAfee also finished as the runner-up in the 500 free with a B-cut time of 4:59.07. Junior Sara Taege won the event with a meet and pool record in a B-cut time of 4:58.71.

Taege and McAfee teamed with Rafferty-Millett and freshman Erin Polries to win the 800-free relay in a B-cut time of 7:37.19, which set new meet and pool records. Taege also posted a B-cut time of 1:53.12 in the 100 backstroke to lead off the relay.

The WUSTL women had three other B-cuts on the day, led by senior Chi Pham, who won the 200 IM in a meet record and B-cut time of 2:06.93. Sophomore Katie Anderson finished second in the 200 backstroke with a B-cut time of 2:03.21. Sophomore Sophie Gan posted a B-cut time of 1:05.99, just .2 of a second off the school record, to finish third in the 100 breaststroke.