Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 23, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming & diving teams each won eight of 12 events to sweep the team titles at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday.
The Washington U. women scored 172 points to win the seven-team meet by 70 over runner-up Augustana College (Ill.). The WUSTL men finished with 162 points to finish ahead of runner-up Augustana (127). It marked the second year in a row that the Bears have won both team titles at the meet.
Senior Jason Wan posted a season-best time of 49.08 to lead a first- through third-place sweep for the Washington U. men in the 100 freestyle. Freshman Paul Huang (49.21) and junior Matt Nutter (49.87) followed in second and third, respectively. Wan also swam on a pair of first-place relays for the Bears, anchoring the 200-medley relay (1:38.25) that also included sophomore Kaisen Yao, freshman Reese Frerichs and sophomore Reed Dalton.
Yao, Wan, Dalton and junior Luke Dobben teamed up to win the 200-free relay in 1:28.94. Dobben won the 200 free for the Bears with a time of 1:46.62, while Wan finished second in 1:49.90. Dalton was also an individual winner for the WUSTL men, racing to first in the 100 butterfly in 52.31, while Dobben finished third in 53.88.
The Washington U. women also won both the 200-medley and 200-free relays. Sophomores Katie Anderson, Sophie Gan, Amanda Stadermann and freshman MariMac Collins teamed up to win the 200-medley relay in 1:52.57. In the 200-free relay, Anderson, sophomore Kristalyn McAfee, Collins and junior Katie Crist clocked a winning time of 1:40.72.
Junior Sara Taege led a sweep of the top-four spots for the WUSTL women in the 200 free, placing first with a season-best time of 1:58.64. Sophomore Toireasa Rafferty-Millett (1:59.49), freshman Erin Polries (1:59.64) and Gan (2:00.74) finished second through fourth, respectively. Gan also clocked a season-best time of 1:08.37 to win the 100 breaststroke, while Collins won the 500 free in 5:19.72.
The WUSTL men claimed the top-three spots in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Michael Lagieski posted a winning time of 1:01.14, while freshman Matt Liu (1:01.48) and Frerichs followed in second and third, respectively. Freshman Andrew Ellison (4:50.76) and freshman Jacob Nason (4:55.05) placed first and second, respectively, in the men's 500 free. Sophomore Sam Guenin was the final event-winner for the Washington U. men, posting a personal-best mark of 248.50 to win the one-meter diving.
Senior Chi Pham won the women's 200 individual medley in a time of 2:12.80. McAfee swam a season-best time of 2:15.01 to finish second, while freshman Lauren Carlos was third in 2:15.30. McAfee also had a season-best to win the 100 backstroke in 1:02.11. Carlos was the final event-winner for the WUSTL women, finishing first in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.33, while Stadermann was second in 1:01.24.
The Washington University swimming & diving teams have two weeks to prepare for the Wheaton Invitational Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.