WashU Men & Women Place Sixth at NCAA Championships

Photo by Sahil Patel
Photo by Sahil Patel

Shenandoah, Texas, March 18, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program had top-10 finishes as both the men and women placed sixth overall during the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

WashU added three All-American honors Saturday evening while breaking three school records on the day. The men finished the four-day championship event with 223 points and the women finished with 161 points as both team placed in the top-10 for the third straight season. It is the sixth time in school history that both the men's and women's program finished in the top-10. Emory University won multiple National Championships as the men led the field with 438 points and the women outscored the runner-up, Williams College, by more than 200 while totaling 645.5 points.

Senior Michael Lagieski led the day for the Bears men by posting a season-best 1:59.78 time in the 200 breaststroke prelims before breaking his own school record in the finals. Lagieski swam to a third place finish by setting a new school record time, 1:58.51. The Menasha, Wis.-native totaled five All-American honors on the week and finished his career with 14 overall.

The women's 400 freestyle relay swam to a school record time, 3:23.67, in the prelims to earn the third seed. The group of junior Niamh O'Grady, senior MariMac Collins, junior Nicole Zanolli and sophomore Lauren Sapp swam to a fourth place finish in the finals with a time of 3:24.00.

Zanolli also added an All-American honor individually by placing eighth overall in the 200 backstroke (2:02.17). She finished with a season-best time in the prelims (2:00.70).

Freshman Peyton Wilson broke WashU's 200 backstroke record with a time of 1:47.50 in the prelims before shattering the mark in the consolation finals with a time of 1:45.79. He placed ninth overall for an All-American honorable mention. Sophomore Kevin Van Cleave placed 12th in the event with a career-best time, 1:47.90. Sophomore Brandon Lum also finished 31st in the prelims with a time of 1:52.72.

Also earning All-American honorable mention was the men's 400 freestyle relay team. Junior Ross Brown, senior Justin Morrell, sophomore Andrew Pek and freshman Chase Van Patten placed 10th (3:00.70). 

Brown (45.34), Pek (45.52) and Morrell (46.25) also swam in the 100 freestyle prelims, finishing 27th, 31st and 44th of 49 swimmers. Senior Andrew Ellison finished 18th in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:55.00.

The women also had three individuals compete in the 100 freestyle prelims as Collins (51.85) finished 26th, Sapp (51.96) 27th and freshman Mollie Seidner 50th (52.94).

Overall, WashU totaled 15 All-American finishes while breaking eight school records including a National Championship and NCAA Division III record by Lum in the 200 butterfly.

ALL-AMERICANS

Ross Brown - 200 Medley Relay (Third, 1:28.99 - School Record), 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:22.49), 400 Medley Relay (Fifth, 3:16.62)

Lauren Carlos - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:34.31)

MariMac Collins - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:34.31), 800 FR Relay (Third, 7:21.92), 400 FR Relay (Third, 3:24.00 - School Record 3:23.67 in Prelims)

Michael Lagieski - 200 IM (Sixth, 1:48.28 - School Record), 200 Medley Relay (Third, 1:28.99 - School Record), 400 Medley Relay (Fifth, 3:16.62), 100 BR (Fourth, 53.86), 200 BR (Third, 1:58.51 - School Record)

Brandon Lum - 200 FL (First, 1:44.56 - NCAA DIII Record)

Justin Morrell - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:22.49)

Niamh O'Grady - 100 FL (Second, 54.13 - School Record), 800 FR Relay (Third, 7:21.92), 400 FR Relay (Third, 3:24.00 - School Record 3:23.67 in Prelims)

Andrew Pek - 200 Medley Relay (Third, 1:28.99 - School Record), 400 Medley Relay (Fifth, 3:16.62)

Lauren Sapp - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:34.31), 800 FR Relay (Third, 7:21.92), 400 FR Relay (Third, 3:24.00 - School Record 3:23.67 in Prelims)

Mollie Seidner - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:34.31)

Kevin Van Cleave - 200 IM (Eighth, 1:49.02)

Chase Van Patten - 200 FR Relay (Seventh, 1:22.49)

Peyton Wilson - 200 Medley Relay (Third, 1:28.99 - School Record), 400 Medley Relay (Fifth, 3:16.62)

Nicole Zanolli - 500 FR (Fifth, 4:52.49), 200 FR (Sixth, 1:49.49), 800 FR Relay (Third, 7:21.92), 200 BK (Eighth, 2:02.17), 400 FR Relay (Third, 3:24.00 - School Record 3:23.67 in Prelims)