St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 28, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming & diving teams had 16 student-athletes qualify to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday-Saturday, March 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas.
The WashU men had nine qualifiers – seniors Andrew Ellison, Michael Lagieski and Justin Morrell; junior Ross Brown; sophomores Brandon Lum, Andrew Pek and Kevin Van Cleave; and freshmen Chase Van Patten and Peyton Wilson. The women will be represented by seven women at the NCAA Championships – seniors Lauren Carlos, MariMac Collins and Emily Ramos; juniors Niamh O'Grady and Nicole Zanolli; sophomore Lauren Sapp; and freshman Mollie Seidner.
Brown, Lagieski, Lum, Morrell, Pek and Van Cleave return to nationals after posting All-America finishes last year while helping the Bears place eighth. Carlos, Collins, O'Grady, Sapp and Zanolli also posted All-America times last season when the women placed seventh.
All 15 swimmers will compete in at least one event individually while the Bears also qualified for all five relays on both the men's and women's side. In addition, Ramos will dive for the Bears in both the one and three-meter dive.
The top-10 finishes for both programs in last season's National Championships was the fourth time in school history. Overall, the WashU men's and women's teams combined to have 18 individual and nine relay All-America finishes at last year's National Championships.