Senior Bears Lead WashU Swimming & Diving to Victory

Senior Bears Lead WashU Swimming & Diving to Victory

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 28, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving team enjoyed multiple victories to cap off the careers of 13 seniors at the I. E. Millstone Pool on Saturday afternoon against Western Illinois University.

The WashU women outscored WIU 192-101 with 11 first place finishes in 16 total events. The men worked their way to a 175-105 victory and nine first place finishes in 16 competitions. 

Seniors Lauren Carlos, MariMac Collins and Emily Ramos won multiple events for the Bears this weekend. Ramos competed in the Principia Diving Invitational on Friday and the dual meet at WashU on Saturday, winning the three-meter dive on Friday with a Championship and season-best 424.50 score before winning the one-meter dive on another season-best 252.75 score at WashU's dual meet on Saturday. Ramos had two NCAA "B" cut qualifying scores during her dives at Principia, including her one-meter score of 397.25.

Carlos and Collins both won two individual events while combining efforts with Nicole Zanolli and Alissa Ling during a first place 400 free relay time of 3:38.68. Carlos won the 50 free (25.02) and 100 butterfly (59.88). Collins was the leader in the 100 free (53.15) and 200 free (1:56.08). 

In addition, senior Erin Polries finished with a first place time for the women's team during the 1,000 free (10:57.36). Four senior members of the men's team were able to capture victories on their final meet in the home pool.

Seniors Andrew Ellison, Michael Lagieski, Justin Morrell and Reese Frerichs won four of the nine events for the men's program. Ellison won the 200 free (1:45.27), Lagieski won the 100 breaststroke (56.36), Morrell won the 50 free (21.75) and Frerichs won the 200 breaststroke (2:07.51). 

Junior Jaron Cook and sophomore Jordan Wheeler swam to season-best times in the 1,000 free and 100 backstroke. Cook's time of 10:15.69 was second to freshman Cal Reynolds (10:08.34). Wheeler finished with a season best in the 100 backstroke (53.26) behind freshman Peyton Wilson (52.95).

WashU will have a weekend off from competition before traveling to University of Chicago for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship meet beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8. 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


Erin Polries – 1,000 FR (10:57.36)

MariMac Collins – 200 FR (1:56.08); 400 FR Relay (3:38.68); 100 FR (53.15)

Nicole Zanolli – 100 BK (59.49); 400 FR Relay (3:38.68)

Kate Holtkamp – 200 FL (2:16.69)

Lauren Carlos – 50 FR (25.02); 100 FL (59.88); 400 FR Relay (3:38.68)

Emily Ramos – 3-meter Dive (424.50 on Friday at Principia); 1-meter Dive (252.75)

Alissa Ling - 400 FR Relay (3:38.68)

Laura Barber – 3-meter (261.60)

Niamh O'Grady – 200 BK (2:07.40)


Cal Reynolds – 1,000 FR (10:08.34)

Andrew Ellison – 200 FR (1:45.27)

Peyton Wilson – 100 BK (52.95)

Michael Lagieski – 100 BR (56.36)

Brandon Lum – 200 FL (1:51.89)

Justin Morrell – 50 FR (21.75)

Ryan Nathenson – 3-meter Dive (376.30 on Friday at Principia)

Nozomi Horikawa – 200 BK (1:57.70)

Reese Frerichs – 200 BR (2:07.51)

Kevin Van Cleave – 500 FR (4:46.40)