Chicago, Ill., Feb. 18, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's swimming and diving team won 11 events to finish well ahead of the University of Chicago runner-ups, while the WashU women captured four events and a fourth place finish among the six teams at the Midwest Invitational hosted by Chicago Friday and Saturday evening.
The WashU men scored 827.5 points to outrace Chicago (469.5), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (315), Case Western Reserve University (315), Olivet Nazarene University (136) and Lewis University (89). The women's side was led by Chicago (601.5), Case (405), Milwaukee (335), WashU (326), Olivet (160) and Lewis (145.5).
In addition to the Bears combined 15 event titles, WashU added six B-cut times for potential NCAA Championship bids. Junior Alissa Ling swam to multiple B-cut times in the 200 (2:07.03) and 400 IM (4:32.45), capturing first and fourth respectively.
Freshman Simon Deshusses swam to victory and a B-cut time in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.10). He was followed by senior Reese Frerichs (2:03.33) after Frerichs swam to a faster time in the time trials with a B-cut time of 2:02.83.
Junior Landon Bennett won the 1,650 freestyle, also finishing ahead of the B-cut standard with a time of 16:16.58. The final B-cut time came from sophomore Jason Hsu in the 200 butterfly (1:51.36 in time trials). Hsu placed third in the 200 FL finals with a time of 1:51.65.
Deshusses was also a member of two winning relay times on Saturday night. He led off both the 400 (3:11.83) and 800 (6:57.00) freestyle relays. He was joined by Hsu and freshmen Preston Bailey and David Motch in the 400, while joining efforts with junior Wending Zhu, freshmen Michael Perry and Mitchell Grinwald during the 800.
The women also won multiple relays during the two day invitational. Sophomores Brooke Ivey and Isabel Kennon were the beginning and end of both the 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay winning teams. The team of Ivey, sophomore Megana Vasu, freshman Hailey Jenkins and Kennon won the 400 medley with a time of 4:11.44.
Ivey, Ling, senior Lindsey Siegel and Kennon won the 800 freestyle (7:55.42). Ivey also added an individual title in the 200 freestyle (1:55.82).
The men won two additional relays. Motch, Bailey, freshman James Hardy and sophomore Michael Matthews won the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.13). Matthews and Bailey were the final legs of the 200 medley relay (1:35.28) winning team joined by freshman Andrew Oh and junior Albert Yao.
The men also swam to several individual first place finishes including: Bennett (500 FR – 4:38.55), Hardy (200 IM – 1:54.45), senior Grigg Schneider (400 IM – 4:11.59), Matthews (100 FL – 50.00) and Bailey (100 BR – 58.95).
The Bears will finish their season March 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas during the NCAA Swimming & Diving National Championships. The unofficial announcement of qualifiers will be released in a press release on NCAA.com Wednesday, Feb. 22 with the official qualifiers being released Monday, Feb. 27.