WashU Totals 12 B Cut Times at Day 1 of Denison Invite

Photos by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos
Photos by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos

Granville, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving program competed during the first day at the nationally competitive Denison Invitational Thursday at the Trumball Aquatics Center.

The WashU men and women enter the meet ranked No. 5 and No. 9 respectively in the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Poll. After the first day with five events competed in, No. 1-ranked and meet host Denison leads both fields (M-802, W-756). Second ranked Emory is second on the men's side (553) while third on the women's (557.5) as Division I Eastern Michigan is second in second in the women's competition (609.5).

WashU has the third most points out of five teams competing on the men's side with 417, while the women are in fifth place with 354 points. Ahead of the Bears in the seven team pool on the women's side is Division II Wayne State (370).

The Bears combined to total 12 NCAA Division III B cut times which are used to aid in the selection of qualifiers for the national championship.

MEN

Senior Kevin Van Cleave posted the second fastest time in the 200 IM as he touched the wall in 1:48.80, which proved to be the second fastest time in Division III so far this season. Van Cleave also contributed to third and fourth place relay finishes. Freshman Kevin Hao (1:51.31-prelims), senior Jordan Wheeler (1:51.32-prelims) and junior Jerry Chen (1:51.22-C Finals) joined Van Cleave with B cut times in the 200 IM.

The men's 400 medley relay consisted of Van Cleave, junior Peyton Wilson, senior Brandon Lum and junior Chase Van Patten. The Bears placed third overall with a time of 3:17.20, by far the fastest time WashU has produced thus far this season. The time is the third fastest in DIII this season.

Van Cleave, Wilson and Van Patten teamed up with senior Andrew Pek to place fourth in the 200 freestyle relay. The Bears collaborative effort totaled a time of 1:22.17 which ranks fifth in DIII en route to meeting the B cut standard of 1:22.44.

Wilson produced a 20.63 time in the 50 freestyle, placing fifth overall with a B cut time and the eighth fastest time in DIII. Freshman Rick Reinhard placed eighth overall in the 500 freestyle finals after swimming to a B cut time in prelims, 4:30.67.

WOMEN

The Bears top finish on the women's side came in the first event of the evening, the 200 freestyle relay. WashU placed fourth overall with a time of 1:34.05 behind the efforts of senior Lauren Sapp, junior Mollie Seidner, sophomore Sabrina Baxamusa and freshman Grace Carey. The team finished more than a second and a half under the B cut standard and ranks fifth in DIII this year.

Sophomore Ella Needler swam to a B cut time in prelims and improved on the mark in the 200 IM finals, placing seventh with a time of 2:05.92. Her time ranks eighth in DIII at this time.

Seidner added an individual B cut time when she swam under the 23.75 threshold in both prelims and the finals of the 50 freestyle. She placed seventh overall with a time of 23.70 in the finals, which ranks sixth in DIII.

In finale, the Bears 400 medley relay consisting of Needler, junior Stephanie Li, Sapp and Seidner swam to a seventh place finish. The group posted a B cut time, finishing the race in 3:50.76, good for seventh in DIII in the 2018-19 season.

TOP BEAR FINISHES

MEN

EVENT

WOMEN

4. Kevin Van Cleave, Peyton Wilson, Chase Van Patten, Andrew Pek – 1:22.17

200 Freestyle Relay

4. Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner, Sabrina Baxamusa, Grace Carey – 1:34.05

8. Rick Reinhard – 4:34.57

500 Freestyle

15. Lucy Meehan – 5:10.10

2. Kevin Van Cleave – 1:48.80

200 IM

7. Ella Needler – 2:05.92

5. Peyton Wilson – 20.63

50 Freestyle

7. Mollie Seidner – 23.70

3. Peyton Wilson, Kevin Van Cleave, Brandon Lum, Chase Van Patten – 3:17.20

400 Medley Relay

7. Ella Needler, Stephanie Li, Lauren Sapp, Mollie Seidner – 3:50.76

The Bears will continue tomorrow at Denison while also beginning a secondary competition at the Wheaton (Ill.) Invite. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.