WashU Men’s 400 Medley Relay Seizes Title With Record Time

Greensboro, N.C., March 21, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving men's 400 medley relay team set a school record in the process of winning the first relay event title in program history during the second day of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

The WashU men's 400 medley relay consisted of junior Peyton Wilson on the opening 100 yard backstroke, senior Kevin Van Cleave on the 100 yard breaststroke, senior Andrew Pek on the 100 yard butterfly and junior Chase Van Patten on the closing 100 yards of 100 freestyle. The men set the school record during prelims with a time of 3:15.60, before shedding more than a second off that time to win the national title with a winning time of 3:14.17.

All four men earned All-American honors for their first place finish. Pek also took home All-American honors individually with an eighth place finish in the 100 buttefly. He posted a time of 48.91 after swimming to a career-best 48.48 in prelims to earn a spot in the finals.

Wilson, Van Patten, Pek and junior Simon Deshusses swam to a 10th place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The group posted a time of 1:21.96 which was a season-best for the Bears. The WashU men have totaled 108 points in the first two days of competition and are in sixth place.

Freshman Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, junior Stephanie Li, senior Lauren Sapp and junior Mollie Seidner also earned All-American honors in day two's final swimming event, the 400 medley relay. After nearly setting the school record in prelims during the morning session, the Bears broke the mark with a time of 3:45.98 to place sixth overall.

Sapp, Seidner, sophomore Sabrina Baxamusa and freshman Grace Carey led the night off with a 10th place effort in the 200 free relay. The group earned All-American honorable mention status and the Bears 14 points with a time of 1:34.22. Seidner also earned All-American honorable mention accolades for placing 16th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.45. She previously set a season-best time of 1:51.45 to earn a spot in the consolation finals during prelims.

The WashU women have 45 points combined and are in 15th place of 38 teams to score at nationals.

BEAR FINISHES IN FINALS

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

10. Peyton Wilson, Chase Van Patten, Andrew Pek, Simon Deshusses – 1:21.96

200 Free Relay

10. Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner, Sabrina Baxamusa, Grace Carey – 1:34.22

8. Andrew Pek – 48.91

100 Butterfly

N/A

N/A

200 Freestyle

16. Mollie Seidner – 1:52.45

1. Peyton Wilson, Kevin Van Cleave, Andrew Pek, Chase Van Patten – 3:14.17 * School Record Time

400 Medley Relay

6. Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Stephanie Li, Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner – 3:45.98 * School Record Time

Earlier in the morning's session of prelims WashU had an abundance of competitors.

BEAR FINISHES IN PRELIMS

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

11. Peyton Wilson, Chase Van Patten, Andrew Pek, Simon Deshusses – 1:22.32

200 Free Relay

9. Mollie Seidner, Lauren Sapp, Sabrina Baxamusa, Grace Carey – 1:34.80

17. Nathan Katz – 3:59.76

400 IM

N/A

8. Andrew Pek – 48.48
24. Brandon Lum – 49.33

100 Butterfly

42. Ella Needler – 59.41

36. Chase Van Patten – 1:43.02

200 Freestyle

11. Mollie Seidner – 1:51.45

3. Peyton Wilson, Kevin Van Cleave, Andrew Pek, Chase Van Patten – 3:15.60 * School Record

400 Medley Relay

6. Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Stephanie Li, Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner – 3:46.32

WashU will continue competition Friday, March 22 with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) and finals starting at 6 p.m. (ET). The Bears will participate in the 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 800 free relay. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.