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Byrne Litschgi

Byrne Litschgi

Men's Swimming & Diving / Free, Back / Junior / Tampa, Fla.

Major: Economics

Byrne Litschgi is a junior on the UChicago men's swimming and diving team. At the NCAA Division III Championships, Litschgi won the national title in the men's 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:44.04. He also earned All-American awards in the 100-yard backstroke (5th), 200-yard freestyle relay (5th) and 400-yard medley relay (6th).

Head Coach Jason Weber: "Byrne had a dominating meet at NCAAs, becoming the first individual national champion for the men in 30 years! His winning time in the 200 back was only a half second from the national record and he also earned All-American status with a fifth-place finish in the 100 back. Byrne also broke the school record leading off our All-American 400 medley relay and was an integral part of our All-American 200 free relay. Byrne’s performances pumped up his teammates and helped secure the best finish in team history."

Teammate Michael Todd: "Byrne is a guy that’s always there to get the team in the mindset for a fast race. He consistently has a positive attitude, and has no shortage of confidence when it comes to his goals for a race. To compliment his hard work in the pool, most people call him a 'lifted legend' for his standout work ethic in our morning weight sessions that focus on anaerobic strength-type training. The combination of these qualities in my mind is what it takes to be a winner, and it’s been fantastic to see the results for him culminating in a NCAA D3 Championship in his 200 back."


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