WashU Swim & Dive Posts Pair of Victories at Pink Out

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

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 28, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving program scored a pair of wins over Saint Louis University in the season-opening meet during Pink Out Night, as the men totaled 11 first place finishes out of 12 events and the women captured seven first place efforts at the Millstone Pool.

The Bears men finished the meet with 126 points to outscore SLU (92). The WashU women utilized a first-place finish in the final event to score a four-point win, 114-110, over the Billikens.

Men

Senior Kevin Van Cleave and junior Chase Van Patten each had two first place finishes individually and combined efforts with junior Jerry Chen and senior Brandon Lum in the Bears win in the 400-medley relay (3:21.62).

Van Cleave won the 200 IM (1:53.10) and the 100 breaststroke (57.09). Van Patten won the 50 freestyle (21.67) and 100 freestyle (46.73).

Chen was also victorious in the 100 backstroke (50.78), earning the victory over SLU's T.J. Halliburton (51.30). Lum won the 100 butterfly (49.92) by a half of a second ahead of the Billikens runner up.

Multiple Bears freshmen took first place finishes in their first collegiate meets including Jack Smithson in the 1,000 freestyle (9:49.52) and Alexander Luga in the 500 freestyle (4:47.13).  Sophomore Matthew Grottkau won the lone dive of the night, the one-meter (186.52).

The WashU men closed out the night with an electric first place finish in the 200-freestyle relay. Junior Simon Deshusses, junior Preston Bailey, junior David Motch and senior Andrew Pek claimed the win by .04 seconds.

Women

Senior Lauren Sapp, junior Mollie Seidner and freshman Grace Carey earned individual first place finishes and were a part of the winning relay team to close out the meet. Sapp, Seidner and Carey teamed up with sophomore Sabrina Baxamusa in the race that proved to be the difference.

Carey, Sapp, Baxamusa and Seidner won the 200 freestyle relay at the conclusion of the meet with a time of 1:36.93 to help WashU claim the 114-110 win.

Seidner won the 200 freestyle (1:56.79) as Carey won the 50 freestyle (24.46) and Sapp claimed first in the 100 butterfly (58.21).

Additional first place finishes from the Bears women included sophomore Elle Pollitt (53.36) in the 100 freestyle and junior Stephanie Li in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.61). Sophomore Elizabeth Davidson won the one-meter dive (202.05).

Up Next

The Bears will travel to Columbia, Mo. on Friday, Oct. 5 for the Show-Me-Showdown at 2 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Top Finishes

Men

Event

Women

1. Jerry Chen, Kevin Van Cleave, Brandon Lum, Chase Van Patten – 3:21.62

400 Medley Relay

2. Ella Needler, Stephanie Li, Grace Carey, Elle Pollitt – 3:59.01

1. Jack Smithson – 9:49.52

1,000 Freestyle

4. Catherine Kuhn – 10:58.41

2. Alexander Zuga – 1:44.60

200 Freestyle

1. Mollie Seidner – 1:56.79

1. Chase Van Patten – 21.67

50 Freestyle

1. Grace Carey – 24.46

1. Kevin Van Cleave – 1:53.10

200 IM

3. Ella Needler – 2:15.21

1. Matthew Grottkau – 186.52

1 Meter Dive

1. Elizabeth Davidson – 202.05

1. Brandon Lum – 49.42

100 Butterfly

1. Lauren Sapp – 58.21

1. Chase Van Patten – 46.73

100 Freestyle

1. Elle Pollitt – 53.36

1. Jerry Chen – 50.78

100 Backstroke

2. Brooke Ivey – 59.94

1. Alexander Zuga – 4:47.13

500 Freestyle

3. Catherine Kuhn – 5:20.47

1. Kevin Van Cleave – 57.09

100 Breaststroke

1. Stephanie Li – 1:06.61

1. Simon Deshusses, Preston Bailey, David Motch, Andrew Pek – 1:27.26

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Grace Carey, Lauren Sapp, Sabrina Baxamusa, Mollie Seidner – 1:36.93