Women's Swimming & Diving Falls in Dual at NCAA DI Illinois State

Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 18, 2014 - Four individuals won events for the Washington University in St. Louis women's swimming & diving team, but the Bears came up short in a 198-102 dual loss at NCAA Division I Illinois State University Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Sophie Gan, senior Chi Pham, sophomore Amanda Stadermann and junior Sara Taege each posted first-place finishes for Washington U. at the dual. Overall, the Bears finished with 16 top-three finishes in the 16-event dual.

Gan won the 200 breaststroke for the Bears with a time of 2:25.08, which was more than two seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher for the Redbirds. Pham was nearly four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the 200 individual medley, clocking a winning time of 2:11.71. Stadermann won the 200 butterfly in 2:09.61, and added a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.55. Freshman Connie Gan edged Stadermann by .02 in the 100 butterfly, finishing second in 1:00.53.

Taege swam to first in the 500 freestyle in 5:12.20, while freshman Erin Polries was second in 5:18.14. Taege added a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:57.58), placing behind the winner from Illinois State and sophomore Kristalyn McAfee (1:57.39). Freshman Emily Ramos scored a season-best 220.80 to finish second in the three-meter diving.

The Washington University men's and women's swimming & diving teams return to action with a double dual in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 25. The Bears will face host Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South beginning at 1 p.m. in their final dual meet of the season.