Women's Swimming Finishes Eighth, Men 13th at NCAA DIII Championships
Indianapolis, Ind., March 22, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's swimming team posted its sixth top-10 finish in school history by placing eighth in the team standings at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium, while the WUSTL men finished 13th overall.
The Washington U. women scored 134 points, the fifth-highest total in school history, at the four day meet to finish eighth in the final team standings. In addition to being the sixth top-10 finish in school history, it also marks the highest finish for the WUSTL women since 2008 when the team finished sixth overall. The Washington U. men's team scored 111.5 points to finish 13th overall, their eighth time ever placing in the top-15 at the National Championships and sixth-highest point total in school history. On the women's side, Emory University won its fifth consecutive national title with 595.5 points. Kenyon College won the men's team title for the 33rd time in the past 35 years with 480 points, to edge runner-up Denison University (472).
Washington U. had five All-America finishes on the final day of competition Saturday. Juniors Luke Dobben and Zane Turpin led the way, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the men's 1,650 freestyle. Dobben clocked a season-best 15:29.40 to place sixth and earn his second consecutive All-America finish, while Turpin was seventh with a time of 15:31.23 for his third straight All-America honor in the event. Freshman Andrew Ellison just missed out on All-America honorable mention honors, placing 17th in a time of 16:02.45.
A day after winning the national championship in the men's 100 breaststroke, freshman Michael Lagieski tied for 10th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:01.63 to add an All-America honorable mention honor. The men's 400-free relay also just missed All-America honors. The team of junior Matt Nutter, freshman Justin Morrell, sophomore Reed Dalton and Dobben finished 18th overall in a time of 3:04.47. Nutter also finished 28th in the 200 backstroke (1:50.98), while Dalton was 53rd in the 100 free (46.99).
The WUSTL women added a pair of All-America honorable mention finishes. Sophomore Sophie Gan earned the first individual honor of her career by finishing 10th in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:19.28, which was just .14 of a second off her school record in the event. The 400-free relay team of junior Sara Taege, freshman MariMac Collins, sophomore Kristalyn McAfee and senior Chi Pham swam a season-best time of 3:27.53 to place 11th overall. Sophomore Katie Anderson also just missed out on All-America honors with a 17th-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:03.10), while McAfee was 22nd in the 100 free (51.96).
Overall, the Washington University women had eight individual and four relay All-America finishes. The Washington U. men finished with seven individual and three relay All-America honorees at the 2014 National Championships.