WashU Swims to School Records and All-American Honors

WashU Swims to School Records and All-American Honors

Indianapolis, Ind., March 21, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis had four All-American finishes and three school records during the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships Wednesday evening at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Both the women's and men's teams are in the top-10 after day one of competition. The No. 11-ranked WashU women are in sixth place with 42 points, while the No. 6-ranked WashU men are in seventh place with 51 points. The No. 2-ranked Emory University women lead with 146 points as No. 1-ranked Denison University leads the men with 138.5 points.

500 Freestyle

Senior Nicole Zanolli got things started for the Bears by earning a place in the 500 free consolation finals with a 14th place finish in prelims (4:58.59). She dropped nearly three seconds off her time during the finals in the evening, 4:55.89, while placing 10th overall for an All-American honorable mention. Zanolli earned seven points with the finish.

200 Individual Medley

Junior Kevin Van Cleave had the first All-American honor for the Bears during day one. He posted a school record time in the 200 IM, 1:47.18, and earned 17 points in the process. Junior Jordan Wheeler earned three points by placing 14th during both the prelims (1:50.33) and the finals (1:50.66) to earn All-American honorable mention status.

Senior Niamh O'Grady also earned All-American honors in the 200 IM. She totaled 13 points by placing sixth in the finals, 2:03.21, after posting a 2:02.70 time in prelims. Sophomore Jenna Wilf also swam during prelims and finished in 2:12.13.

50 Freestyle

Senior Ross Brown set a personal-best time of 20.42 in the 50 freestyle finals in route to All-American honorable mention honors by placing 13th overall. Sophomore Peyton Wilson finished prelims in 20.83.

200 Medley Relay

Wilson, Van Cleave, junior Andrew Pek and Brown combined efforts to place fifth overall with a school record time of 1:28.83. The men totaled 28 points with the All-American finish.

Zanolli, Wilf, junior Lauren Sapp and sophomore Mollie Seidner swam to a school record time in prelims, 1:43.22, before earning All-American honors with an eighth place finish (1:43.76). The women earned 22 points.

Schedule for the remaining three days of events:

Day 2 – Thursday, March 22

Trials – 10 a.m. (ET) / Finals 6 p.m. (ET)

200 Free Relay – Ross Brown, Chase Van Patten, Andrew Pek, Peyton Wilson; Niamh O'Grady, Lauren Sapp, Sabrina Baxamusa, Mollie Seidner

400 IM – Jordan Wheeler, Kevin Van Cleave

100 FL – Brandon Lum, Andrew Pek; Niamh O'Grady

200 FR – Chase Van Patten, Simon Deshusses; Nicole Zanolli, Mollie Seidner

400 Medley Relay – Peyton Wilson, Kevin Van Cleave, Andrew Pek, Chase Van Patten; Nicole Zanolli, Jenna Wilf, Niamh O'Grady, Mollie Seidner

1-Meter Dive – Laura Barber

Day 3 – Friday, March 23

Trials 10 a.m. (ET) / Finals 6 p.m. (ET)

200 FL – Brandon Lum, Jordan Wheeler; Niamh O'Grady

100 BK – Peyton Wilson

100 BR – Simon Deshusses; Jenna Wilf

800 Free Relay – Michael Perry, Kevin Van Cleave, Chase Van Patten, Jordan Wheeler; Niamh O'Grady, Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner, Nicole Zanolli

1-Meter Dive – N/A (Men's)

Day 4 – Saturday, March 24

Trials 10 a.m. (ET) / Finals 6 p.m. (ET)

100 FR – Chase Van Patten; Mollie Seidner, Lauren Sapp

200 BK – Peyton Wilson, Brandon Lum; Nicole Zanolli

200 BR – Kevin Van Cleave, Simon Deshusses; Jenna Wilf

400 Free Relay – Ross Brown, Kevin Van Cleave, Peyton Wilson, Andrew Pek; Niamh O'Grady, Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner, Nicole Zanolli

3-Meter Dive – Laura Barber

1,650 – N/A

Relays are subject to change. The names listed are the individuals that contributed to the times that qualified for nationals.

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ALL-AMERICANS

WOMEN

Niamh O'Grady – 200 IM (2:03.21, sixth)

Lauren Sapp – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims)

Mollie Seidner – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims)

Jenna Wilf – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims)

Nicole Zanolli – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims)

MEN

Ross Brown – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record)

Andrew Pek – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record)

Kevin Van Cleave – 200 IM (1:47.18*, second, School Record); 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record)

Peyton Wilson – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record)