Men's Swimming & Diving / Free, Fly / Senior / Orinda, Calif.
Majors: Biological Sciences and Comparative Human Development
Scott Wu is a senior on the UChicago men's swimming and diving team. The Maroon team captain swam the final meet of his career at the two-day Midwest Invite. His top times included 21.63 in the 50 freestyle, 48.83 in the 100 freestyle, 52.10 in the 100 butterfly and 1:56.11 in the 200 butterfly.
Head Coach Jason Weber: "Scott ended his Maroon swimming career on a high note, achieving some personal bests at the Midwest Invite while continuing to be a source of leadership and inspiration for the entire team. He was everyone’s biggest supporter this past weekend, cheering on everyone competing and getting people pumped up to race, and he left it all in the pool with his effort in his events. Scott’s final meet culminated four years of hard work and excellent leadership which we will all miss next season."
Teammate Taye Baldinazzo: "I’ve had the pleasure of living and swimming with Scott Wu for the past few years, and his impact on the team both in and out of the pool is incredible. Scott is a highly motivated and encouraging leader, whether it be calling out intervals to the team at practice, encouraging teammates between sets, or cracking a few jokes to get you through a tough practice, Scott does something every day to make this team better. He is the most organized, kind, and responsible swimmer on the team, and his leadership and etiquette sets an example nobody else can. There will be a huge pair of shoes to fill with his graduation this year, as his presence is irreplaceable. Not to mention, he has an amazing crossover and three-point shot."
Other OOC Nominees
Jeremy Yuan (Men's Tennis)
- Head Coach Jay Tee: "Last weekend Jeremy posted a perfect 6-0 record in singles and doubles at the ITA National Indoor Championships. Facing off against three-straight Top 10 teams, Jeremy played the best tennis of his career when his team needed him the most. In the first round against Kenyon, his three-set win clinched a 5-4 victory against a team we had been 2-10 against all-time. In the next two rounds, his doubles victories with partner Erik Kerrigan gave the team a chance to win heading into singles play, rather than being in an 0-3 deficit. On the last day against No. 8 Brandeis, he again won a close doubles match and then pulled out another three-set win to secure our final point. To compete at such a high level for three-straight days over some of the best teams in the country is incredibly impressive and set a great example for the rest of his team on what it means to battle for every point even when you’re tired or not playing your best."
Charlie Nevins (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Charlie ran his second collegiate 5K and came up with his first collegiate victory. In the process, he lowered his time and set our all-time freshman record at that distance, running 15:12.26 (just edging out distance legend and NCAA champion Tom Haxton who set the record in 2001). I thought Charlie ran a really outstanding race on a day that he indicated he wasn’t feeling great due to a bit of sickness. Fortunately, he had teammates that guided him through the majority of the race and he was able to finish with a late surge."
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