WashU Swim & Dive Has Strong Showing at Chicago Tri-Meet

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

Chicago, Ill., Nov. 3, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving No. 10-ranked men defeated both No. 9-ranked host University of Chicago and No. 12-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, while the No. 7-ranked WashU women split beating No. 13 CMS but falling to No. 11 Chicago Saturday evening.

The WashU men beat CMS 199-95 and Chicago 197-83 and totaled 12 first place efforts. The WashU women defeated CMS 159-139 but fell 159-139 against Chicago while producing five first place finishes.

MEN

In addition to posting Division III's top 100 butterfly time this season, senior Brandon Lum added DIII's top 200 butterfly mark as he took first place during the tri-meet in both distances. His 1:48.30 time is not only seconds fastest than the closest time, but it was fast enough to earn him an NCAA B cut. Senior Jordan Wheeler placed fourth among the competition Saturday and has the 10th fastest time in DIII, 1:54.66.

Junior Peyton Wilson cracked DIII's top-five times this year with multiple first place finishes in both backstroke distances. He touched the wall in 1:51.63 during the 200 backstroke which ranks third and he finished the 100 backstroke in 50.80, which is the fifth best time in the nation.

The men's 200 medley relay got things started on the right foot for the Bears with a first place finish in the first event of the tri-meet. The group contained junior Jerry Chen, Van Cleave, senior Andrew Pek and junior Chase Van Patten. The quartet finished in 1:32.55 and posted DIII's fourth fastest time this year.

Freshman Nathan Katz took first in the 400 IM, displaying a strong ability of all four strokes by posting a time of 4:05.40 which is 5th in the country.

Senior Kevin Van Cleave placed second overall in the 200 breaststroke, posting DIII's fifth best time 2:06.76.

The men's 200 freestyle relay consisted of Chen, Wilson, junior Simon Deshusses and Van Patten. The Bears took second in the event with a season-best time of 1:24.83, good for sixth in DIII. Patten also claimed first in the 50 freestyle (21.22) and 100 freestyle (46.52).

Freshman Jack Smithson posted the first place time in the 500 freestyle, 4:42.53, which ranks 10th in DIII on the season. He also posted a top-10 time in DIII when he finished the 1,000 freestyle in 9:40.36, taking second place in the tri-meet with DIII's fourth top time.

WOMEN

The WashU women's 200 medley relay similarly got the Bears off to a great start. They claimed first behind the efforts of sophomore Elle Pollitt, freshman Grace Wakiyama, senior Lauren Sapp and freshman Grace Carey. The group finished the race in 1:47.85 which ranks fifth in DIII.

Junior Mollie Seidner swam to a first place finish in the 200 freestyle, ending the race in 1:56.33. Her time ranks ninth in DIII this year.

Carey finished in second place and posted DIII's 12 fastest time in the 100 butterfly. She touched the wall in 58.19.

Pollitt, sophomore Sabrina Baxamusa, sophomore Katie Cardwell and Seidner combined for a first place 200 freestyle time, 1:37.94. Also earning first place finishes for the women individually were Wakiyma in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.66) and Carey in the 50 freestyle (24.24).

TOP BEAR FINISHES

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EVENT

WOMEN

1. Jerry Chen, Kevin Van Cleave, Andrew Pek, Chase Van Patten – 1:32.55

200 Medley Relay

1. Elle Pollitt, Grace Wakiyama, Lauren Sapp, Grace Carey – 1:47.85

2. Jack Smithson – 9:40.36

1,000 Freestyle

2. Lucy Meehan – 10:47.58

4. Simon Deshusses – 1:44.45

200 Freestyle

1. Mollie Seidner – 1:56.33

1. Peyton Wilson – 50.80

100 Backstroke

3. Brooke Ivey – 59.88

1. Kevin Van Cleave – 56.64

100 Breaststroke

1. Grace Wakiyama – 1:07.66

1. Brandon Lum – 1:48.30

200 Butterfly

9. Anne Whitsel – 2:18.28

1. Chase Van Patten – 21.22

50 Freestyle

1. Grace Carey – 24.24

1. Matthew Grottkau – 224.75

One-meter Dive

5. Elizabeth Davidson – 209.85

1. Chase Van Patten – 46.52

100 Freestyle

2. Elle Pollitt – 54.10

1. Peyton Wilson – 1:51.63

200 Backstroke

2. Ella Needler – 2:08.19

2. Kevin Van Cleave – 2:06.76

200 Breaststroke

2. Stephanie Li – 2:26.91

1. Jack Smithson – 4:42.53

500 Freestyle

4. Catherine Kuhn – 5:19.79

1. Brandon Lum – 49.68

100 Butterfly

2. Grace Carey – 58.19

1. Matthew Grottkau – 187.05

Three-meter Dive

7. Elizabeth Davidson – 180.55

1. Nathan Katz – 4:05.40

400 IM

4. Ella Needler – 4:39.48

2. Jerry Chen, Peyton Wilson, Simon Deshusses, Chase Van Patten – 1:24.83

200 Freestyle Relay

1. Elle Pollitt, Sabrina Baxamusa, Katie Cardwell, Mollie Seidner – 1:37.94

WashU's next scheduled event is Saturday, Nov. 17 during the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational in Bloomington, Ill. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.