St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 2016 – The Washington University swimming and diving programs began their 2016-17 seasons at Millstone Pool Friday evening as the women and men combined for 15 first place finishes against Saint Louis University during WashU's Pink Out to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The WashU women defeated the Division I Billikens 130-109 while the WashU men finished just behind SLU by a score of 116-107. Prior to the match the Bears raised funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, exceeding its goal while totaling $1,500 in four days.
Niamh O'Grady won two events individually for the Bears including the 200 individual medley (2:08.92) and 100 butterfly (58.23) while helping the Bears to the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.54) victory with teammates MariMac Collins, Alex Center and Lauren Sapp. The Bears narrowly defeated the Billikens in the ladder as SLU led the race after the second leg before Center and Sapp put the Bears ahead for the win.
Similarly, the WashU men's 200 medley relay team placed just ahead of SLU. Kevin Van Cleave, Reese Frerichs, Andrew Pek and Ross Brown finished with a time of 1:35.55, just ahead of SLU's 1:35.89. Pek regained the lead for WashU in the third leg while Brown closed it out for the win.
In a reversal of order from last years finish during the 50 free, Collins defeated Sapp by less than 0.2 with a time of 24.83. Sapp won the 100 free however with a time of 54.12, finishing 0.32 ahead of the SLU runner-up. Nicole Zanolli also won for the Bears individually as a swimmer during the 200 free (1:54.87) after leading every lap of the race.
In an exciting finish during the men's 50 free, Brown outkicked SLU's Brian North to win the race with a time of 21.79. Brandon Lum claimed the 100 fly top time (50.97), while Jerry Chen won the 100 backstroke (52.57) and Matt Liu captured the 100 breaststroke (59.20) just ahead of Austin Nguyenphu of SLU.
The WashU men's and women's divers placed first in both the one and three meter dives. Emily Ramos scored 223.2 and 200.17 in the respective dives while Ryan Nathenson posted 216.97 and 189.07 scores for wins.
The WashU women captured its second straight victory over the Billikens but just the third such occasion in the past 26 years.
The Bears travel to University of Missouri for the Show-Me-Showdown on Friday, Oct. 7 for a 2 p.m. meet in Columbia, Mo. Be sure to stay up to date on all the Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.