Swimming Teams Add Seven All-America Finishes on Second Day of NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind., March 20, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming teams added seven All-America finishes and two more school records on the second day of the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday at the IU Natatorium.
After two days at the four-day meet, the Washington U. women sit in seventh place in the team standings with 82 points, while the WUSTL men are tied for 12th with 56 points. Emory University leads the women's team standings with 273 points, and Denison University sits in first in the men's standings with 282.
Sophomore Reed Dalton posted the best finish of the day for Washington U., placing fourth in the men's 100 butterfly for the second year in a row. Dalton clocked a season-best time of 48.37 to finish fourth in the event, just missing his own school record by .04 of a second. Dalton also teamed up with junior Matt Nutter, and freshmen Michael Lagieski and Justin Morrell to finish ninth in the men's 400-medley relay. The foursome broke the school record in the prelims, then shaved another .53 off the time in the finals to finish ninth and earn All-America honorable mention honors in 3:17.97.
Junior Sara Taege earned All-America honors in three races for the Washington U. women Thursday. She teamed with freshman MariMac Collins and sophomores Kristalyn McAfee and Katie Anderson to finish 13th in the 200-free relay in a time of 1:36.00. About 30 minutes later, Taege battled to a sixth-place finish in the women's 400 individual medley with a time of 4:27.25. She finished seventh in the event in 2012. Senior Chi Pham picked up All-America honorable mention honors in the 400 IM with a career-best time of 4:26.47 in the consolation final to place 10th overall.
Taege finished the day by anchoring the Bears' 400-medley relay to first in the consolation final and ninth place overall. Anderson, sophomore Sophie Gan, freshman Lauren Carlos and Taege broke the school record during the prelims, but took .66 of a second off that time to finish ninth in the final with a time of 3:49.15. McAfee also picked up an individual All-America honor during Thursday's action, placing sixth in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:50.96. It was her second consecutive All-America finish in the event after placing fourth in 2013.
Junior Zane Turpin missed qualifying for the final in the men's 400 IM by just .1 of a second, finishing 18th with a season-best time of 4:00.41. Morrell, Nutter, Lagieski and sophomore Kaisen Yao teamed up to finish 19th in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:24.16. Freshman Andrew Ellison also competed for the WUSTL men Thursday, finishing 43rd in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:43.92.
Carlos, and sophomores Hannah Lillioja and Amanda Stadermann were also in action for the Washington U. women. Carlos finished 34th in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 57.35, while Stadermann (58.13) and Lillioja (58.49) placed 40th and 45th, respectively.
Washington U. has 10 individuals and two relays scheduled to compete during the third day of the NCAA Championships Friday. Anderson, Lillioja and Pham will all compete in the women's 100 backstroke, and sophomore Toireasa Rafferty-Millett, Stadermann and Taege are set to compete in the 200 butterfly. In addition, Gan will compete in the 100 breaststroke, and the 800-free relay will aim for All-America honors during Thursday evening's finals. The WUSTL men's 800-free relay will also be in action, along with junior Luke Dobben (200 butterfly), Nutter (100 backstroke) and Lagieski (100 breaststroke). Prelims begin at 10 a.m. (ET), with finals starting at 6 p.m. (ET).