St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 18, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis posted 21 top-three finishes at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships, and the WUSTL women finished as the conference runner-up while the men finished third in the team standings.
Due to inclement weather and travel issues for some of the teams, the UAA Championships were held at two locations Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16. Five of the eight UAA schools competed at Emory University in Atlanta Friday-Saturday, while Case Western Reserve University, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester competed in a satellite UAA Championship in Cleveland Saturday-Sunday. The times from both meets were combined to determine final individual event and team scoring. Official results were announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Washington U. women scored 1,270 points to finished second in the team standings behind Emory (2,055). Chicago finished 31 points behind WUSTL for third in the women's standings, while Carnegie Mellon University took fourth with 1,137. The runner-up finish for the Bears was the team's highest conference placing since finishing second in 2008. In the men's standings, Emory (1,533) edged Chicago (1,529.5) by 3.5 points to win the team title. Washington U. took third with 1,150.5 points, while Carnegie Mellon was fourth with 1,116. It was the highest finish for Washington U. since also placing third at the 2009 UAA Championships.
The WUSTL men had 13 all-UAA performances, including four conference champions. Freshman Michael Lagieski led the way, setting a pair of UAA records on his way to winning two individual titles. He set a UAA and WUSTL record with an A-cut time of 54.42 in the 100 breaststroke, and added a UAA record of 2:00.73 to win the 200 breaststroke. Lagieski also joined junior Matt Nutter, sophomore Reed Dalton and freshman Justin Morrell to finish second in the 400-medley relay in a school-record time of 3:19.05. Lagieski, Dalton, Morrell and sophomore Kaisen Yao also teamed up for a third-place finish in the 200-medley relay in 1:31.98.
Junior Zane Turpin also posted a UAA- and school-record time to win the men's 1,650 freestyle. Turpin led a 1-2-3 sweep for Washington U. in the event with a time of 15:26.52, and also broke the school record in the 1,000 free during the race with a split of 9:20.61. Junior Luke Dobben finished as the runner-up in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:33.27, while freshman Andrew Ellison also picked up all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in a time of 15:49.45.
Dobben won the fourth individual championship for the Washington U. men, taking first in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.89. Turpin placed third with a time of 4:28.53 to also earn all-UAA honors. Dobben added a runner-up finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.42. Nutter, Dalton and Morrell each added individual all-UAA honors for the WUSTL men. Nutter finished as the runner-up in the 200 backstroke with a school-record time of 1:50.34. Dalton placed third in the 100 butterfly in 49.58, and Morrell tied for third in the 50 free in 20.91.
The WUSTL women had eight all-UAA finishes at the meet, highlighted by junior Sara Taege who earned all-UAA honors in four events. Taege swam to a runner-up finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:25.98, and added a runner-up finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:58.63. She also led off Washington U.'s runner-up 800-free relay, joining freshman MariMac Collins, and sophomores Kristalyn McAfee and Toireasa Rafferty-Millett to clock a time of 7:31.64. Taege, senior Chi Pham, McAfee and Collins teamed up for a third-place finish in the 400-free relay with a time of 3:29.30.
Sophomore Katie Anderson posted a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.30 to earn all-UAA honors. McAfee added a third-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.20. Sophomore Sophie Gan broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.14 to earn all-UAA honors with a third-place finish, and sophomore Hannah Lillioja also swam to all-UAA accolades in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.85 to place third.
The Washington University men's and women's swimming & diving teams return to action at the Midwest Invitational Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, in Chicago, Ill. The meet marks the final chance to post qualifying times for the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held March 19-22 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. A press release with the unofficial competitor selections for the NCAA Championships will be posted on ncaa.com Wednesday, Feb. 26, with the official press release scheduled for Monday, March 3.