Men's Swimming & Diving / Free, Back, Fly / Sophomore / East Greenwich, R.I.
Keda Song is a sophomore on the UChicago men's swimming and diving team. At the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, Song achieved All-UAA status twice. He finished runner-up in both the 200-yard backstroke and 800-yard freestyle relay.
Head Coach Jason Weber: "Keda was one of our top performers at UAAs, scoring in finals in all three of his events and helping our 800 free relay qualify for NCAAs. He got a best time in everything he competed in and proved to be a big source of motivation for our team any time he was competing and a main factor in our team placing third. Keda is also a consummate team player and was cheering on all his teammates when he wasn’t competing, doing everything he could to support and push his teammates."
Teammate Keenan Novis: "Hailing from one of the best states in the United States, Rhode Island, Keda has proved to be both a great teammate and friend these past two years. His hard work and motivation is mind blowing and this has shown in his fast times this year. Keda is the sassiest person on the team and I’m scared to be lapped by him because I know he’ll get mad at me. This is just one example of how Keda keeps the whole team motivated and one of the reasons our team has grown so much this year. I’m sad to leave him, but I know the team will be in great hands for the next two years with Keda representing the men’s team, both in and out the pool."
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Max Jacobs (Men's Basketball)
- Head Coach Mike McGrath: "Max has been an incredible teammate and Maroon for the past four years. He has been so consistent with his effort and approach as a competitor and hard worker. He just steadily stays the course and continues to lead by example in his effort to get better every day. This approach shone in his performance against NYU on Senior Day as he played great and nailed two three pointers with complete confidence, despite the fact that this has not been the strongest aspect of his game over the years. He just keeps working and getting better."
Henry Myers (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "We dropped Henry down in distance this past weekend to run the 800 meters as some final prep for the UAA conference meet. Henry is a much more accomplished athlete at the longer distance events and was doing this just to stay sharp and to have some fun with a new event. To my surprise, he not only won the race but in the process moved all the way up to No. 3 on our all-time frosh honor roll and to No. 6 in the UAA. Henry has just continued to show an exceptional competitive edge in all his races and just seems to have fun competing."
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