Katz Claims 400 IM Title on Day 3 at UAA Championship

Katz Claims 400 IM Title on Day 3 at UAA Championship

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 14, 2020 – Sophomore Nathan Katz won the 400 Individual Medley conference title to highlight the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming and diving team on day three of the 2020 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships Friday in Chicago. 

Katz, who entered the finals as the No. 2 seed, defeated Justin Park of the University of Chicago by over a second with a time of 3:54.66 to claim the championship.

The No. 9-ranked women sit in fourth place entering the final day with 858.5 points, while the No. 6 men are fifth with 807 points. 

PRELIMINARIES
Senior Stephanie Li captured the top spot in the 100-breaststroke prelims with a season-best time of 1:04.28, good for an NCAA B Cut time. 

WashU also had three other NCAA B-cuts on the women's team from sophomores Grace Carey (100 Butterfly, 56.15, 3rd) and Abby Wilson (100 Backstroke, 56.25, 3rd), and the 200-medley relay (1:46.04, 3rd) of sophomores Kiki Bonetta-MisteliGrace WakiyamaStephanie Bowater and freshman Anjuii Barrett.

On the men's side, sophomores Barclay Dale (100 Butterfly, 49.09) and Katz (400 IM, 3:56.31) and senior Peyton Wilson (100 Backstroke, 49.15) all qualified second in their respective events.

FINALS
Li took home a conference runner-up finish in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:04.40, while freshman Sandra Meszaros placed second in the 100-butterfly in a time of 55.53. 

In the 200-medley relay, Wilson, Li, Carey and senior Mollie Seidner placed third with a time of 1:43.44, good for an NCAA B Cut.

Freshmen Emily Guo (400 IM, 4:30.37, 12th place) and Mikayla Klein (100 Butterfly, 56.36, ninth place) recorded NCAA B-Cut times on day three for the WashU women.

On the men's side, senior Vincent Huang was second in the 100-breaststroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 55.91, while Wilson was third in the 100-backstroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 48.94. In addition, senior James Hardy was fourth in the 100-butterfly with an NCAA B-Cut time of 48.94.

The 2020 UAA Championships concludes on Saturday with 11 events beginning at 10 a.m., followed by finals in those events at 5:30 p.m.