WashU Women and Men Place Top-10 at DIII S&D Nationals

WashU Women and Men Place Top-10 at DIII S&D Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind., March 24, 2018 - Washington University in St. Louis had four All-American finishes and three school records set during the final day of NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships Saturday evening as both the men and women placed in the top-10 at the Indiana University Natatorium.

WashU's women finished in seventh place and the men concluded in ninth place at nationals. The No. 6-ranked men totaled 187 points while No. 1-ranked Denison won the national title with 596.5 points. The No. 11-ranked women tallied 171 points as No. 1-ranked Emory won the championship with 603 points.

In the four-day event, WashU totaled 14 All-American finishes and set nine school records.

100 Freestyle

Sophomore Chase Van Patten swam in the 100 freestyle prelims placing 41st out of 52 competitors with a time of 46.22.

Sophomore Mollie Seidner had a tremendous showing in the prelims of the 100 freestyle. She tied for 16th place during prelims which forced a swim off to earn a spot in the consolation finals resulting in a school record time of 50.92. With the record time, Seidner was able to earn a point for the Bears by placing 16th overall and earn All-American honorable mention status.

200 Backstroke

WashU shined in the 200 backstroke as both the men's and women's school records were set. Sophomore Peyton Wilson swam to a runner-up finish with a time of 1:45.64, also earning his fourth All-American honor during the national championship week and 17 points in the process.

Senior Nicole Zanolli placed fifth overall after earning a spot in the finals with a school-record time of 1:59.76 during prelims. She earned All-American honors as well as tallying 14 points for WashU.

200 Breaststroke

Junior Kevin Van Cleave narrowly missed the final cut by placing ninth in prelims before a career-best time of 2:00.16 earned a ninth place finish overall that earned WashU eight points. Sophomore Simon Deshusses finished in 17th place in prelims with a time of 2:03.66.

Sophomore Jenna Wilf finished the prelims 200 breaststroke in 2:23.32 for 29th place out of 40 swimmers.

3-Meter Dive

Senior diver Laura Barber posted a three-meter dive score of 392.20 to place 23rd out of 28 national qualifying divers.

400 Freestyle Relay

The team of senior Ross Brown, junior Andrew Pek, Van Cleave and Van Patten swam to All-American honors by placing seventh overall with a time of 3:00.20. The season-best time earned WashU 24 points.

The group of senior Niamh O'Grady, Seidner, Zanolli and junior Lauren Sapp placed fourth to earn 30 points. The Bears swam to a season-best time of 3:24.90 to earn All-American honors.

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ALL-AMERICANS

WOMEN

Niamh O'Grady – 200 IM (2:03.21, sixth); 100 FL (54.89, third); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims); 800 Freestyle Relay (7:24.34, fourth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:24.90, fourth)

Lauren Sapp – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 800 Freestyle Relay (7:24.34, fourth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:24.90, fourth)

Mollie Seidner – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims); 800 Freestyle Relay (7:24.34, fourth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:24.90, fourth)

Jenna Wilf – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims)

Nicole Zanolli – 200 Medley Relay (1:43.22*, eighth, School Record Prelims); 400 Medley Relay (3:46.19*, seventh, School Record Prelims); 800 Freestyle Relay (7:24.34, fourth); 200 Backstroke (1:59.76*, fifth, School Record Prelims); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:24.90, fourth)

MEN

Ross Brown – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.20, seventh)

Brandon Lum – 200 Butterfly (1:46.59, second)

Andrew Pek – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.20, seventh)

Kevin Van Cleave – 200 IM (1:47.18*, second, School Record); 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.20, seventh)

Chase Van Patten – 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth); 400 Freestyle Relay (3:00.20, seventh)

Peyton Wilson – 200 Medley Relay (1:28.83*, fifth, School Record); 400 Medley Relay (3:16.53, sixth); 100 Backstroke (49.10, seventh); 200 Backstroke (1:45.64*, second, School Record)

Additional School Records

Men's 200 Freestyle Relay – Ross Brown, Chase Van Patten, Andrew Pek, Peyton Wilson (1:21.62, ninth)

100 Breaststroke – Jenna Wilf (1:03.51, 12th)

Women's 100 Freestyle – Mollie Seidner (50.92, 16th)