Swimming & Diving Returns from Break in Convincing Fashion

Swimming & Diving Returns from Break in Convincing Fashion

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 16, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving teams dominated the rescheduled Quad Meet Monday afternoon in the I.E. Millstone Pool after the originally scheduled meet was postponed due to weather.

The WashU men scored 1,331 points in a three team competition while the women scored 1,237 points in a four team meet. The men defeated Lindenwood University (439) and McKendree University (367) and the women totaled 11 first place finishes while topping Lindenwood (319), Quincy University (305) and McKendree (119).

Junior Alissa Ling totaled two first place finishes individually and was the lead swimmer on the 200 free relay as well (1:42.06) with sophomore Maddie Robinson, junior Nicole Zanolli and senior Lauren Carlos. Ling won the 200 freestyle (1:58.11) and set a new personal best during the 200 individual medley (2:10.76).

Senior Michael Lagieski and freshman Jerry Chen both had individual victories while also swimming the first two laps of the winning 200 freestyle relay team with junior TJ Dawson and senior Justin Morrell (1:26.83). The group finished with the fifth best Bears time of the season.

Lagieski won the 50 breaststroke individually with a time of 26.33 while Chen finished the 50 backstroke with a winning time of 24.37. Lagieski also placed second in the 50 butterfly while the Bears sophomore Jordan Wheeler (23.69), Lagieski (23.77) and sophomore Brandon Lum (23.93) were the only individuals to finish in less than 24 seconds.

The WashU women dominated the 50 butterfly with the top nine times as junior Michelle Murdock posted the winning time of 26.80. Murdock also posted the fastest opening leg for the Bears during the 200 free relay (25.92).

The Bears will travel to multiple meets this weekend with the first stop in Edwardsville, Ill. on Friday, Jan. 20 for a 6:30 p.m. meet before Saturday, Jan. 21's noon meet in Kirksville, Mo. at Truman State. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

First Place Finishes:

Men

50 BK – Jerry Chen – 24.37

50 BR – Michael Lagieski – 26.33

50 FR – Chase Van Patten – 21.65

1 Meter Dive – Ryan Nathenson – 238.00

100 BR – Simon Deshusses – 58.45

50 FL – Jordan Wheeler – 23.69

3 Meter Dive – Ryan Nathenson – 206.50

200 IM – Nozomi Horikawa – 1:58.94

200 FR Relay – Jerry Chen, Michael Lagieski, TJ Dawson, Justin Morrell – 1:26.83

Women

200 Medley Relay – Charlie Brickner, Stephanie Li, Niamh O'Grady, MariMac Collins – 1:50.93

200 FR – Alissa Ling – 1:58.11

50 BR – Stephanie Li – 31.66

1 Meter Dive – Emily Ramos – 230.55

100 FR – Niamh O'Grady – 54.26

100 BR – Catherine Kuhn – 1:11.25

500 FR – Emily Mansour – 5:29.15

50 FL – Michelle Murdock – 26.80

3 Meter Dive – Laura Barber – 232.90

200 IM – Alissa Ling – 2:10.76

200 FR Relay – Alissa Ling, Maddie Robinson, Nicole Zanolli, Lauren Carlos – 1:42.06