Maroon swimming and diving dominates Phoenix Fall Classic

Lance Culjat and Hannah Eastman
Lance Culjat and Hannah Eastman

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams wrapped up the third and final day of the Phoenix Fall Classic on Sunday with dominating team performances.

The Maroon men were first of 12 teams with 1,022 points; William Jewell College was second with 556 points. UChicago's women also put up a big margin of victory, taking first of 14 teams with 972.5 points. DePauw University grabbed runner-up with 519 points.

Over the course of the three-day meet, the Maroons combined to break one pool record, six school records and posted 30 NCAA B-cuts. They closed out Sunday with four men's event wins, four women's event wins and nine NCAA B-cut times.

One of the races of the day occurred during the men's 200-yard breaststroke. Freshmen Lance Culjat and Reona Yamaguchi had a photo finish, with Culjat edging Yamaguchi by 0.01 seconds. Culjat broke the pool record and school record with an NCAA B-cut time of 2:01.60. The previous school record in that event was 2:02.51.

The other men's winners included freshman Aaron Guo in the 400-yard IM (4:01.49), sophomore Alexander Farrell in the 50-yard freestyle (20.71) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:05.15). Additionally, junior diver Dean Boures took second in the men's three-meter dive with an NCAA Regional qualifying score of 453.10.

The women's freestyle events were both topped by Maroons with senior Maya Scheidl in the 50-yard (24.17) and sophomore Hannah Eastman in the 200-yard (1:52.09). Both swimmers were part of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay (3:28.02). Sophomore diver Anna Girlich excelled on the one-meter board, winning by 30 points with an NCAA Regional qualifying score of 430.50.

UChicago NCAA B-cuts

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
50-yard freestyle – Maya Scheidl (1st, 24.17); Yifan Mao (2nd, 24.62)
200-yard freestyle – Hannah Eastman (1st, 1:52.09); Alison Wall (2nd, 1:52.70)
One-meter dive – Anna Girlich (1st, 430.50)
400-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 3:28.02 (Alison WallMaya ScheidlNaomy Grand'PierreHannah Eastman)
100-yard butterfly – Abby Erdmann (2nd, 56.97)
100-yard backstroke – Abby Erdmann (2nd, 58.90)
400-yard IM – Megan Wall (2nd, 4:32.39)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200-yard breaststroke – Lance Culjat (1st, 2:01.60); Reona Yamaguchi (2nd, 2:01.61)
400-yard IM – Aaron Guo (1st, 4:01.49)
400-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 3:05.15 (Alexander FarrellAidan MearaKeenan NovisJonathan Simoneau)
50-yard freestyle – Alexander Farrell (1st, 20.71)
100-yard butterfly – Alexander Farrell (2nd, 49.66)
200-yard freestyle – Taye Baldinazzo (2nd, 1:39.88)
100-yard backstroke – Dalton Mitchell (2nd, 51.99)
Three-meter dive – Dean Boures (2nd, 453.10)


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