St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 2, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program wrapped up a weekend in which it had student-athletes competing in three separate locations including Miami (Ohio) University, Wheaton (Ill.) College and Grinnell College. The Bears totaled 14 NCAA B cut times which are used to indicate a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships.
Miami Invite Highlights
The Bears concluded Saturday with 13 B cut times in Oxford, Ohio as the men totaled 10 in route to bypassing Miami in the final standings. No.1-ranked Division III Denison University placed first with 1,467 points while the No. 7-ranked Bears men totaled 838 points to place second ahead of Division I Miami (762), No. 2-ranked Division III Emory University (753) and Division I University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (511).
The No. 10-ranked WashU women placed fifth with 346 points behind Miami (1,480), No. 1-ranked Emory (834), No. 6-ranked Denison (728), Milwaukee (646) while finishing ahead of Division I Ball State University (324).
On Saturday, WashU posted nine top-10 Division III times in 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly and the 400 free relay led by junior Brandon Lum's Division III top-time in the 200 fly. Lum placed first in the event with a season-best time of 1:47.68 also earning B cut standards with junior Jordan Wheeler (1:50.69 in prelims). Wheeler placed third in the finals (1:51.01) while junior Jason Hsu just missed the B cut standard during prelims (1:51.30).
The WashU men also dominated the 200 back as sophomore Peyton Wilson placed first with a B cut time of 1:46.28 which ranks second in Division III this season. Junior Kevin Van Cleave also scored a B cut time that ranks within the top-10 of Division III when he touched the wall in 1:49.64 during prelims.
Also scoring B cut times for the men were freshman Alex Poellinger in the 1,650 free (15:56.86), Seth Ritter in the 1,650 free (16:00.82), sophomore Chase Van Patten in the 100 free (45.20 in prelims), sophomore Simon Deshusses in the 200 breast (2:04.12) and Van Cleave in the 100 free (45.39 from the 400 free relay split).
Van Cleave also paired with junior Andrew Pek, Deshusses and Van Patten in the 400 free relay to place third overall with a B cut time of 3:02.61. The time is a season-best for the Bears and ranks fifth in Division III.
The WashU women's 400 free relay also earned a B cut time when they placed fifth overall with a time of 3:28.19. The relay team consisted of senior Nicole Zanolli, senior Niamh O'Grady, sophomore Mollie Seidner and junior Lauren Sapp. The Bears time ranks fourth in Division III.
Zanolli and O'Grady both earned individual B cut times as well. Zanolli earned her B cut time in the 200 back prelims (2:03.84) while O'Grady finished the 100 free in 51.67 to meet the standards.
Wheaton Invite Highlights
The WashU women placed first with 978 points followed by Wheaton (839.5), Hope College (674.5), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (528.5), Augustana College (255.5). The Bears men placed second overall with 890.5 points behind UW-Stevens Point (1,141.5) but ahead of Wheaton (682), Hope (317) and Augustana (293).
Both the men and women totaled two first place finishes apiece led by senior Landon Bennett's B cut time in the 1,650 free (16:08.12). Also placing first for the men was sophomore Vincent Huang in the 200 breast (2:07.25).
Grinnell Pioneers Classic Highlights
Senior divers Laura Barber and Ryan Nathenson were joined by freshmen Matthew Grottkau, sophomore Alexa Gault and sophomore Daria Locher on the 1-meter diving platform in a field of eight-to-10 competitors at Grinnell.
Barber led the way for the women with a third place finish totaling 384.10 points while Nathenson placed fifth for the men with 370.65 points. Gault placed fourth with 362.95 points for the women.