Bears Climb to Fifth after Event Title and Three AA Finishes

Bears Climb to Fifth after Event Title and Three AA Finishes

Greensboro, N.C., March 22, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's swimming & diving team continued to ascend the leaderboard during day three of the NCAA Division III National Championships, moving up to fifth overall as senior Brandon Lum scored a national title for the Bears in the 200 butterfly Friday evening.

Lum swam to his second 200 butterfly national title of his career. He posted a season-best and winning time of 1:45.48 to earn All-American honors in the process. Lum is Division III's record holder in the event with a time of 1:44.56 when he previously won the event title at the 2017 national championships.

The WashU men had a strong showing in the pool as the men totaled 66 of its 174 points during day three. The men had another All-American honor individually in addition to an All-American relay and All-American honorable mention finish.

Junior Peyton Wilson earned a spot in the 100 backstroke championship finals by posting a school record time of 48.41 in the morning session. He shed time during the finals, placing sixth to earn All-American honors with a time of 48.30.

The men's 800 free relay also staked its claim to the sixth best time in the pool after entering the sixth best time of the season. The group consisted of freshman Rick Reinhard, senior Kevin Van Cleave, freshman Jack Smithson and junior Chase Van Patten. The group shed a few second's from the Bears' previous season-best time and touched the wall in 6:38.97.

Van Cleave also swam to All-America honorable mention in the 100 breaststroke. He posted a personal-best 54.45 which was good for 10th place.

The WashU women scored 17 points and maintained position in 15th place with 62 points. The women's 800 free relay swam to a season-best 7:31.70 during the morning session's second fastest time. Junior Catherine Cowin, junior Mollie Seidner, senior Lauren Sapp and sophomore Elle Pollitt's time equated to a 10th place finish and All-American honorable mention.

Junior Stephanie Li also earned All-American honorable mention. She nearly matched her personal-best 100 breaststroke time during the consolation finals Friday evening when she touched the wall in 1:04.28. Li took 14th place overall.

BEAR FINISHES IN FINALS

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

1. Brandon Lum – 1:45.48

200 Butterfly

N/A

6. Peyton Wilson – 48.30

100 Backstroke

N/A

10. Kevin Van Cleave – 54.45

100 Breaststroke

14. Stephanie Li – 1:04.28

6. Rick Reinhard, Kevin Van Cleave, Jack Smithson, Chase Van Patten – 6:38.97

800 Free Relay

10. Catherine Cowin, Mollie Seidner, Lauren Sapp, Elle Pollitt – 7:31.70

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

BEAR FINISHES IN PRELIMS

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

2. Brandon Lum – 1:47.56

200 Butterfly

N/A

 6. Peyton Wilson – 48.41
18. Jerry Chen – 49.86

100 Backstroke

41. Ella Needler – 1:01.24

11. Kevin Van Cleave – 55.19

100 Breaststroke

15. Stephanie Li – 1:04.52

Top-8 entrant time scheduled to swim in the evening

800 Free Relay

2. Catherine Cowin, Mollie Seidner, Lauren Sapp, Elle Pollitt – 7:31.70

WashU will conclude competition Saturday, March 23 with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) and finals starting at 6 p.m. (ET). The Bears will participate in the 1,650 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and the 400 free relay. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.