Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 19, 2016 - The Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving programs combined to earn 15 first place finishes in 24 events as they swept the team titles at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday evening.
In a field of seven teams, the WashU women won seven events en route to scoring 177 points to win the title by 53 points over host IWU. The WashU men's team had eight first place finishes and tallied 167 points to beat runner-up Augustana University by 53 points.
Freshman Mollie Seidner posted a first place finish in the women's 200 individual medley with a time of 2:15.08. Seidner also teamed up with freshman Stephanie Li, freshman Alex Center and senior Lauren Carlos to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.58.
On the men's side, sophomore Kevin Van Cleave raced to first place finishes in the 500 freestyle and 100 breastroke with times of 4:47.35 and 1:00.20, respectively.
Seniors Michael Lagieski and Justin Morrell both triumphed in two events apiece. They swam with juniors TJ Dawson and Ross Brown to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.44, while Morrell won the 50 freestyle (21.75) and Lagieski secured first place in the 200 individual medley (1:56.19).
Junior Ryan Nathenson posted a season-best score of 219.20 to win the three-meter dive, while senior Andrew Ellison raced to first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.88. Freshman Alex Bird rounded out the men's first place finishes with a victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.75.
Junior Nicole Zanolli swam to victory in the women's 100 butterfly (54.29) and she joined senior Marimac Collins, senior Lindsey Siegel and sophomore Maddie Robinson to place first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.41).
Junior Niamh O'Grady claimed victory in both the women's 200 freestyle (1:57.28) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.99). Junior Laura Barber earned first place in the three-meter dive with a 225.35 score.
The Bears return to the pool on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.