Wheaton, Ill., Dec. 7, 2013 – For the second year in a row, the Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming teams each won the team titles at the Wheaton Invitational. The Bears had three school records and 13 B-cuts on the second day of the meet Saturday.
The Washington University women scored 1,057 points at the two-day meet to win the team title over host Wheaton College who finished with 786.5 points. The WUSTL men scored 1,031 points to win by 327 points over runner-up University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Freshman Michael Lagieski had a big day for the Washington U. men, with two first-place finishes and three B-cuts. He shaved .46 of a second off his school-record time in Friday's 100 breaststroke to post a new school record and B-cut time of 55.90 in a time trial for the event. Lagieski added a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a B-cut time of 2:03.52 to lead four top-eight finishers for the Bears. Freshman Reese Frerichs (2:11.17) and seniors Tyler Perez (2:11.64) and Brian Carpenter (2:11.72) finished sixth through eighth, respectively. Lagieski also swam a leg of Washington U.'s 200-medley relay, joining sophomores Kaisen Yao and Reed Dalton and junior Matt Nutter to win the event in a B-cut time of 1:32.38.
The women's 200-medley relay team of sophomore Katie Anderson, sophomore Sophie Gan, freshman Lauren Carlos and sophomore Kristalyn McAfee broke the school record with a B-cut time of 1:45.54 in a time trial Saturday. Senior Chi Pham took McAfee's spot in the final of the event, and the foursome won in a time of 1:46.91. Gan had the third school record of the day for the Bears, breaking Allie Boettger's 2004 record of 2:21.86 in the 200 breaststroke with a winning B-cut time of 2:19.54.
Junior Luke Dobben won the men's 1,650 freestyle with a B-cut time of 15:43.95, while junior Zane Turpin was second in 15:45.23, which was also a B-cut time. Turpin added a second B-cut on the day, winning the 400 individual medley in 4:03.46. Freshman Jacob Nason was third in 4:08.96. Dalton was Washington U.'s final event winner on the men's side, winning the 100 butterfly in a B-cut time of 49.66 after posting a season-best time of 49.17 in the prelims.
The WUSTL women placed six swimmers in the top-eight of the 100 butterfly, led by freshman Connie Gan (57.44) and Carlos (57.46) who both recorded B-cuts to finish first and second, respectively. Sophomore Amanda Stadermann was third in 57.93, while junior Hannah Chase (59.74), senior Grace Murray (1:00.54) and freshman Claire Savage (1:00.68) to place fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Junior Sara Taege was the final event champion for the Bears, winning the 400 IM in a B-cut time of 4:27.91.
Anderson added a B-cut time of 57.67 to finish second in the 100 backstroke, while sophomore Hannah Lillioja (58.63) and Pham (59.27) placed third and fifth, respectively. The WUSTL women also had four swimmers in the top-seven in the 200 free, led by McAfee's runner-up finish and B-cut time of 1:51.49 after she clocked a time of 1:51.23 in the prelims. Sophomore Toireasa Rafferty-Millett (1:54.91), freshman MariMac Collins (1:55.73) and freshman Erin Polries (1:56.37) were fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.
The Washington U. men's and women's swimming & diving teams return to action in January. The WUSTL men travel to Wabash College for a dual in Crawfordsville, Ind., Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Bears then host the WU Invitational Friday-Saturday, Jan. 10-11.