WashU Swim & Dive Opens Season with Strong Showing

WashU Swim & Dive Opens Season with Strong Showing

St. Louis, Mo., September 27, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis swimming & diving opened the 2019-20 season Friday evening against Saint Louis University in the I.E. Millstone Pool. The men secured 11 first place finishes out of 13 events competed while the women claimed six event titles over the Division I Billikens.

MEN

The Bears swam to first place finishes in the first four events, including the opening event of the year the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Barclay Dale, senior Matthew Yang, senior James Hardy and senior Chase Van Patten posted a winning time of 1:34.24. Dale was also victorious in the 50 freestyle (21.44) and the 100 backstroke (52.84).

Senior Simon Deshusses won the 200 freestyle (1:45.44) and was the anchor of the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:27.36) to close out the night. Freshmen Jonathan Ma, Michael Kincheloe and Sammy Risma swam the first through third legs of the 200 free relay.

Freshman Mason Kelber also won multiple events. He won in the 1,000 freestyle (9:44.57) and 500 freestyle (4:42.23). Senior Chase Van Patten claimed the 100 freestyle (47.88). Senior Vincent Huang was victorious in the 100 breaststroke (59.35).

Junior Matthew Grottkau was the lone male diver and posted scores of 213.25 from one-meter and 193.85 from the three-meter board.

WOMEN

Sophomore Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, senior Stephanie Li, freshman Sandra Meszaros and senior Mollie Seidner posted a winning 200 medley relay time of 1:48.58 to begin the year. Meszaros had a strong start to her career, as she also was victorious in the 200 freestyle (1:56.04) and the 100 butterfly (57.77).

Freshman Noelle DiClemente captured the 50 freestyle (24.83). Li posted the winning time in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.82). Freshman Rosie Finglass earned a first place finish in the one-meter dive (206.15) over three additional competitors.

Top Finishes

Men

Event

Women

1. Barclay Dale, Matthew Yang, James Hardy, Chase Van Patten – 1:34.24

200 Medley Relay

1. Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Stephanie Li, Sandra Meszaros, Mollie Seidner – 1:48.58

1. Mason Kelber – 9:44.57

1,000 Freestyle

5. Lucy Meehan – 11:08.64

1. Simon Deshusses – 1:45.44

200 Freestyle

1. Sandra Meszaros – 1:56.04

1. Barclay Dale – 21.44

50 Freestyle

1. Noelle DiClemente – 24.83

2. Kevin Hao – 1:56.56

200 IM

4. Elle Pollitt – 2:14.38

1. Matthew Grottkau – 213.25

1-Meter Dive

1. Rosie Finglass – 206.15

2. Jonathan Ma – 51.76

100 Butterfly

1. Sandra Meszaros – 57.77

1. Chase Van Patten – 47.88

100 Freestyle

2. Mollie Seidner – 54.25

1. Barclay Dale – 52.84

100 Backstroke

3. Elle Pollitt – 1:01.29

1. Mason Kelber – 4:42.23

500 Freestyle

5. Lucy Meehan – 5:30.34

1. Matthew Grottkau – 193.85

3-Meter Dive

2. Rosie Finglass – 182.20

1. Vincent Huang – 59.35

100 Breaststroke

1. Stephanie Li – 1:05.82

1. Jonathan Ma, Michael Kincheloe, Sammy Risma, Simon Deshusses – 1:27.36

200 Freestyle Relay

2. Katie Cardwell, Noelle DiClemente, Sabrina Baxamusa, Grace Carey – 1:40.60