UChicago swimming and diving breaks a pair of records at day two of Phoenix Fall Classic

Byrne Litschgi and Abby Erdmann
Byrne Litschgi and Abby Erdmann

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams maintained their quality results on the second day of the three-day Phoenix Fall Classic on Saturday.

UChicago put up NCAA B-cuts galore with 13 total. In the 200-yard butterfly alone, the Maroons put up five NCAA B-cuts between and men and the women.

Additionally, two Maroon men broke school records. Freshman Taye Baldinazzo won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.76, and fellow freshman Byrne Litschgi was second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.81, putting their names at the top of the all-time UChicago lists in those events.

All told, UChicago won five men's events and four women's events on the day. Freshman Reona Yamaguchi maintained his dominance in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.86), sophomore Alexander Farrell topped the 100-yard freestyle (45.38) and freshman Aaron Guo captured the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.19). The 200-yard medley relay team also won in 1:31.94.

 The Maroon women received victories from senior Maya Scheidl in the 100-yard freestyle (52.19), senior Abby Erdmann in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.30), sophomore Anna Girlich in the three-meter dive (429.80) and the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:38.54).

UChicago NCAA B-cuts

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100-yard freestyle – Maya Scheidl (1st, 52.19); Naomy Grand'Pierre (2nd, 52.73)
200-yard butterfly – Abby Erdmann (1st, 2:04.30); Hannah Eastman (2nd, 2:06.45)
Three-meter dive – Anna Girlich (1st, 429.80)
800-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 7:38.54 (Cecile Kurman-Browning, Alison Wall, Cara LoPiano, Hannah Eastman)
200-yard IM – Megan Wall (2nd, 2:09.22)
500-yard freestyle – Hannah Eastman (2nd, 5:01.76)
200-yard backstroke – Alison Wall (2nd, 2:03.54)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
500-yard freestyle – Taye Baldinazzo (1st, 4:31.76)
100-yard breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 55.86)
100-yard freestyle – Alexander Farrell (1st, 45.38)
200-yard butterfly – Aaron Guo (1st, 1:50.19); George Reuter (2nd, 1:50.71)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:31.94 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Alexander Farrell, Jonathan Simoneau)
200-yard backstroke – Byrne Litschgi (2nd, 1:48.81)
200-yard IM – Keenan Novis (2nd, 1:54.24)
800-yard freestyle relay – 2nd, 6:50.46 (Aaron Guo, Taye Baldinazzo, Stephen Park, Dalton Mitchell)


  • Sunday, Nov. 20 @ 10 AM / 5 PM – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago