WashU Totals 9 B Cut Times as Bears Compete in 3 Locations

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

St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 1, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program sent student-athletes to multiple locations over the weekend as the Bears competed in three different invitationals including the Miami (Ohio) Invite, Wheaton (Ill.) Invite and the Grinnell Pioneers Classic Invite Friday evening.

Miami Invite Highlights

The Bears added nine NCAA Division III "B" cut times to their total of six from Thursday at the Miami Invite.

The No. 7-ranked WashU men maintained third place during day two with 605 points trailing No. 1-ranked Division III Denison University (928) and Division I Miami (609). The men are ahead of No. 2-ranked and University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Emory University (476) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (376).

The No. 10-ranked WashU women are in fifth place (256) behind Miami (1,067), No. 1-ranked Emory (550), No. 6-ranked Denison (461), Milwaukee (436) while staying ahead of Division I Ball State University (252).

Sophomore Peyton Wilson matched his school record time of 49.08 in the 100 backstroke to earn one of the Bears nine B cut times. He also helped the Bears 200 medley relay to a third place finish and B cut time of 1:29.69 with the help of junior Kevin Van Cleave, junior Andrew Pek and sophomore Chase Van Patten.

Van Cleave also earned a B cut time with his fourth place finish in the 400 individual medley (3:59.38) and was joined by junior Jordan Wheeler (4:00.39).

Two additional WashU men earned B cut times in the 100 butterfly with junior Brandon Lum placing third (49.03) while posting a faster time in prelims (48.86). Pek also posted multiple B cut times with his top 100 butterfly time coming in prelims (49.31).

The final WashU men's B cut time of day two came from sophomore Simon Deshusses in the 100 breaststroke (56.16).

The WashU women's 800 free relay placed third overall while qualifying for a B cut standard. The group of senior Niamh O'Grady, senior Nicole Zanolli, freshman Katie Cardwell and sophomore Mollie Seidner finished the race in 7:33.49.

O'Grady was the lone member of the women's team to post a B cut time individually. She placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.08, while her prelim time of 55.89 fared better.

Grinnell Pioneers Classic Invite Highlights

Senior divers Laura Barber and Ryan Nathenson were joined by freshmen Matthew Grottkau and Elizabeth Davidson on the 3-meter diving platform in a field of eight competitors at Grinnell.

Barber led the way for the women with a third place finish totaling 345.15 points while Nathenson placed fourth for the men with 373.90 points.

Wheaton Invite Highlights

The WashU women totaled 19 top-five times during day one of the invitational while totaling 497 points to lead the pool of five teams. The WashU men totaled 15 top-five times while finishing day one in second place with 454 points behind University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's 590 total.

Earning first place finishes for the women were junior Maggie Cox in the 500 free (5:10.95) and the 800 free relay team of junior Charlie Brickner, junior Brooke Ivey, sophomore Catherine Cowin and junior Emily Mansour (7:49.18).

First place finishes for the WashU men included senior Landon Bennett in the 500 free (4:37.31) and sophomore Vincent Huang in the 100 breaststroke (57.39).

The Bears swimming & diving team will conclude their weekend competition Saturday, Dec. 2 at all three locations. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.