Oxford, Ohio, Nov. 30, 2017 – Junior Kevin Van Cleave of the Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program highlighted day one of the Miami (Ohio) University Invitational with a first place finish by breaking the school record in the 200 individual medley Thursday evening.
The Bears men finished day one in third place with 280 points while Denison University leads the way with 369 points and Miami is second with 307. The WashU men are leading Emory University (184) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (147).
The WashU women are in fifth place of six teams competing with 120 points followed by Ball State University (98). Ahead of the Bears are Miami (478), Emory (246), Denison (196) and Milwaukee (185).
Van Cleave posted an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:48.21 to place first in the 200 IM, which also marked a personal best time. Also posting top-five times in the 200 IM for the men were junior Jordan Wheeler in fourth place (1:51.73) and sophomore Peyton Wilson in fifth place (1:52.42). Wheeler posted a personal-best time that also met the NCAA "B" cut requirement.
Wilson, Van Cleave, junior Andrew Pek and sophomore Chase Van Patten also combined efforts in the 400 medley relay to place third with a "B" cut time of 3:18.43. The men's 200 free relay dropped nearly 1.5 seconds from their prelim time to nearly earn a "B" cut time while placing third (1:23.48) behind the efforts of sophomore Simon Deshusses, Van Patten, sophomore Jerry Chen and Pek.
Freshman Seth Ritter continued to lead the men in freestyle distance as he posted a season-best and "B" cut time in the 500 free (4:31.90). Meanwhile in the freestyle sprint Van Patten nearly earned a "B" cut time with a personal-best 20.98 finish to place ninth in the 50 free.
Senior Niamh O'Grady shattered the 200 IM NCAA "B" cut standard of 2:06.68 with a third place time of 2:02.97. She also combined efforts with junior Lauren Sapp, freshman Sabrina Baxamusa and sophomore Mollie Seidner in the 200 free relay to place fifth with a "B" cut time of 1:35.42.
Senior Nicole Zanolli was less than a second away from earning a "B" cut time in the 500 free with a season-best time of 5:01.44.
The Miami Invite continues Friday, Dec. 1 with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) and the finals beginning at 6 p.m. (ET). The day's events include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 free relay. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.