Washington University Swimmers Post Strong Performances at Show-Me Showdown
Columbia, Mo., Oct. 5, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams posted six top-10 finishes as the WUSTL women tied for fifth and men finished sixth in the team standings on Friday night at the Show-Me Showdown.
University of Missouri swept both the men’s and women’s team titles with 630 and 691 points, respectively. Washington U.’s women scored 214.5 points to tie for fifth with Lindenwood University in the seven-team field, which featured six NCAA Division I and II schools. The WUSTL men finished sixth out of eight teams with 110.5 points.
Three of Washington U.’s relays posted fifth-place finishes at the meet. The men’s 200-freestyle relay team of sophomore Peter Qin, senior Brendan Morin, and freshmen Reed Dalton and Kaisen Yao placed fifth with a time of 1:27.46, which is the fastest time by a WUSTL team by more than two seconds this season.
Washington U. also finished fifth in the women’s 200-free relay, as the team of junior Jennifer Tartavull, freshman Katie Anderson, junior Chi Pham and freshman Kristalyn McAfee clocked a time of 1:40.77, nearly three seconds better than the last week’s top time for the Bears in the event. McAfee, Tartavull, Anderson and freshman Grace Counts teamed up to place fifth in the 400-free relay in a time of 3:39.52. Freshman Amanda Stadermann, sophomore Sara Taege, freshman Toireasa Rafferty-Millett, and sophomore Katie Crist placed 10th in the event with a time of 3:48.89.
Anderson was the lone Washington U. swimmer to finish in the top-10 in an individual race, placing seventh in the women’s 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.54. Freshman Hannah Lillioja finished just outside the top-10, touching the wall in 1:01.44 to finish 11th.
The final top-10 finish for the Bears was in the men’s 200-medley relay. The team of Yao, junior Brian Carpenter, Morin and freshman RJ Petrella finished in 1:37.48 to place ninth.
Stadermann, McAfee and Tartavull also just missed top-10 individual finishes for the Washington U. women. Stadermann placed 11th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.08, and 12th in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.76. McAfee was 11th in the 200 IM, touching just ahead of Stadermann in 2:13.39. Tartavull posted a season-best time of 54.63 to finish 11th in the women’s 100 freestyle.
Washington University has the next two weeks off before traveling to Greencastle, Ind., to take on DePauw University in a dual meet beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Oct. 27.