Maroon swimming and diving host day one of Phoenix Fall Classic

Byrne Litschgi and Cara LoPiano
Byrne Litschgi and Cara LoPiano

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams kicked off the first day of the Phoenix Fall Classic on Friday night with three victories.

The three-day meet kicked off with three event finals on each side. UChicago took three wins out of the six races. The women's 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.18) and 400-yard medley relay (3:53.45) were both victorious, featuring seniors Alison Wall and Maya Scheidl in both foursomes. The men's 400-yard relay put up a winning NCAA B-cut time of 3:21.20. The race was highlighted by freshman Byrne Litschgi's school-record time of 49.78 in the 100-yard backstroke leg of the relay.

The 1,650-yard freestyle provided successful results for the UChicago men and women. Freshman Taye Baldinazzo set a school record in the race by finishing in 16:03.42 (second place). Freshman teammate Aaron Guo's third-place showing featured a 1,000-yard freestyle school record thanks to a 9:43.00 split. Senior Cara LoPiano's runner-up time of 17:15.06 was an NCAA B-cut mark.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 1:36.18 (Yifan MaoMaya ScheidlAlison WallNaomy Grand'Pierre)
400-yard medley relay – 1st, 3:53.45 (Alison WallJean DaiAbby ErdmannMaya Scheidl)
1,650-yard freestyle – Cara LoPiano (2nd, 17:15.06)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
400-yard medley relay – 1st, 3:21.20 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd, Jonathan Simoneau)
1,650-yard freestyle – Taye Baldinazzo (2nd, 16:03.42); Aaron Guo (3rd, 16:03.80)


  • Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20 – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago