18 Swimmers Qualify for NCAA Division III Championships
St. Louis, Mo., March 3, 2014 – The Washington University men's and women's swimming teams had 18 student-athletes qualify to compete at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday-Saturday, March 19-22 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Washington U. women had 10 individual qualifiers – senior Chi Pham; junior Sara Taege; sophomores Katie Anderson, Sophie Gan, Hannah Lillioja, Kristalyn McAfee, Toireasa Rafferty-Millett and Amanda Stadermann; and freshmen Lauren Carlos and MariMac Collins. The WUSTL men will be represented by eight individuals – juniors Luke Dobben, Matt Nutter and Zane Turpin; sophomores Reed Dalton and Kaisen Yao; and freshmen Andrew Ellison, Michael Lagieski and Justin Morrell.
Eight of the 18 individuals are repeat NCAA qualifiers, led by Pham, who will compete at the NCAA Championships for the fourth year in a row. Dobeen, Taege and Turpin are each three-time qualifiers, while Anderson, Dalton, McAfee and Rafferty-Millett each qualified for the second straight year. The five freshmen, along with Gan, Lillioja, Nutter, Stadermann and Yao, are set to compete at the national championships for the first time in their careers.
The Washington U. women will have nine individuals competing in at least one individual event at the meet, including seven who will swim three individual events apiece. In addition, the Washington U. women will compete in the 400-freestyle relay, 800-free relay and 200-medley relay. Six of the WUSTL men's qualifiers will compete in at least two individual events each, including five swimming three apiece. The Washington U. men also qualified in the 200- and 400-medley relays. Overall, both teams will have at least one competitor in 15 of the 18 swimming events at the NCAA Championships.
The Washington University women finished 12th in the team standings at the 2013 NCAA Championships, while the WUSTL men finished 21st. All 11 individuals who qualified to compete at last year's NCAA Championships earned All-America honors in at least one event as the Bears tallied 12 All-America finishes and seven school records during the meet.