Swimming & Diving Takes Fourth Place at Show-Me-Showdown

Photos by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise
Photos by WUSTL Photos/Danny Reise

Columbia, Mo., Sept. 29, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving program began the 2017-18 season at the Show-Me-Showdown, with both the men and women placing fourth Friday evening at the event hosted by Division I Missouri at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

The WashU women placed fourth with 369 points and the men scored a fourth place finish with 268 points scored. Missouri won both the women's and men's side followed by Division I Missouri State University. Placing third on the women's side was Saint Louis University while Lindenwood University placed third on the men's.

The women had 14 times within the top-10 of the meet featuring a mixture of Division I, II and III teams. Seniors Niamh O'Grady and Nicole Zanolli finished with multiple top-10 times including the Bears' fourth place time in the 400 free relay (3:35.67). They combined with senior Alissa Ling and freshman Katie Cardwell for the fourth place finish.

O'Grady and sophomore Stephanie Li had the highest personal swim finishes as both placed seventh overall. O'Grady placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (57.20), while Li earned a seventh place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.78).

Senior Laura Barber dove to multiple top-10 finishes, placing fifth in the one-meter dive (194.85) and 10th in the three-meter dive (214.70).

On the men's side, the Bears totaled 11 top-10 times highlighted by junior Brandon Lum, sophomore Jerry Chen and freshman Seth Ritter fifth place finishes. Lum placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (50.06), Chen fifth in the 100 backstroke (51.59) and Ritter fifth in the 500 free (4:38.88).

Senior diver Ryan Nathenson also placed in the top ten during the one-meter dive (4th – 223.20) and the three-meter dive (9th – 208.10).

Top-10 Times

Women - 14

Men - 11

200 Medley Relay – 1:50.26 – 10. Mollie Seidner, Stephanie Li, Niamh O'Grady, Lauren Sapp

200 Medley Relay – 1:35.02 – 9. Peyton Wilson, Simon Deshusses, Andrew Pek, Chase Van Patten

200 Free – 1:55.81 – 10. Nicole Zanolli

100 Fly – 50.06 – 5. Brandon Lum

200 IM – 2:12.35 – 9. Ella Needler

100 Free – 47.42 – 10. Jerry Chen

50 Free – 24.85 – 9. Elle Pollitt

500 Free – 4:38.88 – 5. Seth Ritter

100 Fly – 57.20 – 7. Niamh O'Grady

500 Free – 4:47.41 – 10. Alex Poellinger

100 Free – 53.92 – 9. Alissa Ling

200 Free Relay – 1:27.07 – 7. Chase Van Patten, Jerry Chen, Michael Matthews, Preston Bailey

200 Free Relay – 1:39.77 – 5. Lauren Sapp, Sabrina Baxamusa, Nicole Zanolli, Mollie Seidner

100 Backstroke – 51.59 – 5. Jerry Chen

200 Free Relay – 1:39.78 – 6. Elle Pollitt, Alissa Ling, Katie Cardwell, Maddie Robinson

100 Backstroke – 51.79 – 7. Peyton Wilson

100 Backstroke – 58.90 – 9. Nicole Zanolli

400 Free Relay – 3:13.03 – 9. Andrew Pek, Kevin Van Cleave, Simon Deshusses, Justin Li

100 Backstroke – 58.99 – 10. Niamh O'Grady

1 meter dive – 223.20 – 4. Ryan Nathenson

100 Breaststroke – 1:08.78 – 7. Stephanie Li

3 meter dive – 208.10 – 9. Ryan Nathenson

400 Free Relay – 3:35.67 – 4. Nicole Zanolli, Niamh O'Grady, Alissa Ling, Katie Cardwell

 

1 meter dive – 194.85 – 5. Laura Barber

 

3 meter dive – 214.70 – 10. Laura Barber

 

The Bears will have their home opener on Friday, Oct. 6 in the I.E. Millstone Pool at 5:30 p.m. against Saint Louis University. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.