St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 5, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving program had 18 first place finishes among the men and women as both teams defeated University of Chicago on Saturday evening. The men worked their way to a 173-115 victory, while the the women defeated Chicago by a score of 152-148.
The Bears men scored 85 points on first place finishes as the team's depth provided the Bears separation. The WashU women scored 83 of its 152 points from first place finishes.
"These were great team wins for us," said WashU head coach Brad Shively. "It took everyone's best efforts all afternoon and I'm just very proud of the way our teams performed. We had a tremendous crowd here at Millstone Pool to see an excellent college swimming and diving meet!"
Junior Nicole Zanolli led the Bears with 27 points scored individually while she also helped the 200 medley relay to 11 points on a first place finishing time of 1:48.48. Stephanie Li, Niamh O'Grady and Maria de Figueiredo teamed up with Zanolli for the medley relay win. Zanolli won the 100 backstroke (58.51), 200 backstroke (2:05.5) and 400 individual medley (4:31.08).
Sophomore Brandon Lum led the men's side with 18 points scored on first place finishes in the 100 and 200 butterfly with 51.30 and 1:53.1 times. Junior Ross Brown was victorious in the 50 freestyle (21.4) while anchoring first place finishes in both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Brown was joined by Jerry Chen, Michael Lagieski and Andrew Pek in the medley victory with a time of 1:33.05. Chase Van Patten, Justin Morrell, Lagieski and Brown finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.82.
Lagieski placed first in the 100 breaststroke (56.85) while Van Patten added a win in the 200 freestyle (1:42.52). Freshman Peyton Wilson secured first place in the 100 backstroke (52.23). Junior Ryan Nathenson earned first in the one-meter dive with a 241.35 score.
Sophomore Lauren Sapp won the 50 (24.6) and 200 (1:55.23) freestyle. In addition to helping the 200 medley relay, Li also won multiple individual events, the 100 (1:07.99) and 200 breaststrokes (2:28.45). O'Grady swam to the 200 butterfly victory with a time of 2:06.6.
All of the women's first place times were season-best times for the women while seven of the nine first place finishes for the men were season-bests too.
The next Bears meet will be on Nov. 19 at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational at 11 a.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.