Chicago, Ill., Feb. 9, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's swimming and diving team had three runner-up finishes and six B-cut times during the University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday evening. The WashU women totaled five B-cut efforts at the Myers-McLoraine Pool.
The WashU men currently are in second place following day two of the UAA Championships with 435 points behind Emory University's 596. Emory also leads the women with 636 points while WashU is fourth with 358 points.
Junior Ross Brown placed second with a career-best B-cut time in the 50 free (20.64). He also helped the Bears to a season-best time in the 400 medley relay with teammates Peyton Wilson, Michael Lagieski and Andrew Pek. The group placed second with a 2016 qualifying time of 3:18.15.
Also placing second for the Bears was Lagieski with a 2016 qualifying time in the 200 individual medley (1:50.08). Sophomore Kevin Van Cleave finished fourth in the 200 IM with a B-cut time of 1:51.44.
Brown and Pek also teamed up with Chase Van Patten and Justin Morrell for a season-best time in the 200 free relay (1:22.48) while placing third. Senior Andrew Ellison was the final WashU male to finish with a B-cut time during the 500 free (4:33.47).
On the women's side, junior Nicole Zanolli placed third in the 500 free with a 2016 qualifying time of 4:56.71. She joined efforts with Stephanie Li, Lauren Carlos and Niamh O'Grady to lead the Bears' 400 medley relay to a fourth place finish and B-cut time of 3:51.27.
The WashU women also placed fourth in the 200 free relay led by Carlos, Mollie Seidner, Lauren Sapp and MariMac Collins. The group finished with a 2016 qualifying time of 1:34.61. O'Grady also finished with a 2016 qualifying time during the 200 individual medley (2:05.36).
Senior diver Emily Ramos dove to a career-best score of 431.95 during the three-meter dive prelims before placing seventh with a score of 428.85.
The UAA Swimming & Diving Championships continue Friday with the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the men's three-meter diving. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set to start at 5:30 p.m.
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Top Bears Finishes:
2nd 50 FR – Ross Brown – 20.64 (B-cut and career-best time)
2nd 200 IM – Michael Lagieski – 1:50.08 (2016 invited time)
4th 200 IM – Kevin Van Cleave – 1:51.44 (B-cut time)
7th 500 FR – Andrew Ellison – 4:33.47 (B-cut time)
3rd 500 FR – Nicole Zanolli – 4:56.71 (2016 invited time)
5th 200 IM – Niamh O'Grady – 2:05.36 (2016 qualifying time)
7th 3-Meter Dive – Emily Ramos – 428.85 (Career-best and B-cut score of 431.95 in prelims)