Indianapolis, Ind., March 22, 2018 - Washington University in St. Louis had three All-American finishes and two school records during the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships Thursday evening at the Indiana University Natatorium.
WashU's men and women are both in eighth place following the second day of action. The No. 6-ranked men have totaled 99 points while No. 1-ranked Denison leads the field with 325.5 points. The No. 11-ranked women have 89 points as No. 1-ranked Emory lead with 318 points.
200 Freestyle Relay
Senior Ross Brown, sophomore Chase Van Patten, junior Andrew Pek and sophomore Peyton Wilson set a school record in the 200 freestyle relay consolation finals. The group ended with a time of 1:21.62 for a ninth place finish while earning 18 points.
Senior Niamh O'Grady, junior Lauren Sapp, freshman Sabrina Baxamusa and junior Mollie Seidner earned six points by placing 14th in the 200 freestyle relay. The group finished in 1:34.85 during the consolation finals.
400 Individual Medley
Junior Jordan Wheeler nearly posted identical times during prelims and the consolation finals as he earned four points with a 13th place finish in the 400 IM. His consolation time, 3:58.43, was a fraction of a second faster than his consolation final time, 3:58.53.
Pek narrowly missed the cut for the consolation finals by placing 17th in prelims with a time of 48.90 in the 100 butterfly.
O'Grady earned the first All-American honors on the day for the Bears and the fifth overall for WashU as she placed third in the 100 butterfly. She posted a time of 54.89 in route to earning 16 points for the WashU women.
Sophomore Simon Deshusses completed the 200 freestyle in 1:41.58 which was 41st of 51 total entries at the championship event.
Seidner earned a spot in the consolation finals by placing 12th in the 200 freestyle prelims. She swam to a career-best time of 1:50.97 in prelims before placing 16th in the consolation finals with a 1:53.17 finish to earn one point.
Senior diver Laura Barber placed 24th of 29 divers to compete on Thursday. She posted a one-meter dive championship score of 368.95.
400 Medley Relay
The WashU men's 400 medley relay team earned 26 points with a sixth place finish by Wilson, junior Kevin Van Cleave, Pek and Van Patten. The group posted a season-best time, 3:16.53, to earn All-American honors.
The WashU women's 400 medley relay team set a school record in prelims with a 3:46.19 finish. The group of senior Nicole Zanolli, sophomore Jenna Wilf, O'Grady and Seidner posted a 3:46.58 time in the finals to place seventh and earned 24 points in the process of All-American accolades.
Schedule for the remaining two days of events:
Day 3 – Friday, March 23
Trials 10 a.m. (ET) / Finals 6 p.m. (ET)
100 BK – Peyton Wilson
1-Meter Dive – N/A (Men's)
Day 4 – Saturday, March 24
Trials 10 a.m. (ET) / Finals 6 p.m. (ET)
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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Niamh O'Grady – 200 IM (2:03.21, sixth); 100 FL (54.89, third); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims)
Lauren Sapp – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims)
Mollie Seidner – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims)
Jenna Wilf – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims)
Nicole Zanolli – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims)
Ross Brown – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record)
Andrew Pek – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth)
Kevin Van Cleave – 200 IM (1:47.18*, second, School Record); 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth)
Chase Van Patten – 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth)
Peyton Wilson – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth)
Additional School Records