Bloomington, Ill., Nov. 18, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program finished on top of both the men's and women's five team pool of competition in the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday evening.
The men finished with the largest lead totaling 179 points to defeat Augustana College (111), Illinois Wesleyan (77), Millikin University (33) and Principia (31). The women finished with a meet-high 186 points as Illinois Wesleyan (124), Augustana (69), Millikin (68) and Principia (17) followed the Bears.
Senior divers Laura Barber and Ryan Nathenson both finished with season-high scores and first place finishes in their respective dives. Barber placed first with a personal-best one-meter mark 420.80 which moves her closer to NCAA qualification and a season-best three-meter mark of 258.00 while Nathenson captured first in the one-meter dive (409.35) and three-meter dive (235.90).
Following the morning diving results, the WashU women were led by sophomore Mollie Seidner and senior Nicole Zanolli. Seidner totaled two first place finishes individually while also pairing up in a first place relay finish. She captured first in the 500 freestyle (5:20.33) with a season-best time and also earned first in the 200 IM (2:16.24).
Zanolli also earned first place finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:56.17) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.05). First place efforts were also earned by freshman Ella Needler in the 100 butterfly (1:00.46) and sophomore Stephanie Li in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.97).
The men were led by junior Max Cardwell's three first place efforts. He placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:48.27) and the 100 freestyle (49.14). He wrapped up his evening as the anchor on the winning team of the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.99) with junior Andrew Pek, sophomore Jerry Chen and sophomore Chase Van Patten.
Chen and Van Patten also earned first place individual finishes. Chen swam to a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.38) while Van Patten's season-best 53.53 time in the 100 butterfly placed him ahead of the competition.
The Bears 200 medley relay squad also swam to first place honors with a time of 1:37.63, which was led by junior Kevin Van Cleave, freshman Matthew Yang, junior Brandon Lum and sophomore Peyton Wilson. The women's 200 freestyle relay (1:40.44) also captured first freshman Katie Cardwell, freshman Sabrina Baxamusa, sophomore Catherine Cowin and junior Maddie Robinson.
WashU returns to the pool Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec.2 at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational for the three-day event, while also sending Bears to the Wheaton Invitational Fri.-Sat., Dec. 1-2. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.