UChicago swimming and diving excels in senior meet against DePauw and Calvin

Maya Scheidl and Kevin Ku
Maya Scheidl and Kevin Ku

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams celebrated its outgoing senior class and turned in dominating performances as hosts of a tri-meet with DePauw University and Calvin College on Saturday afternoon.

The Maroon women beat out DePauw 231-64 and Calvin 225-75, while the men topped DePauw 193-87 and Calvin 205-89.

At the start of Senior Day before the races began, UChicago recognized its seven senior women and three senior men. The senior class includes Abby ErdmannJessie HoEmily HuntCara LoPianoMaya ScheidlAlison WallMegan Wall, Kevin Ku, Rolland Lee and Jonathan Simoneau. Those 10 swimmers have accounted for 19 school records between them.

All told, the Maroons combined for 23 event victories. Scheidl and sophomore Alexander Farrell won all four races they competed in – the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ku was a perfect 3-for-3 with victories in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM.

Erdmann triumphed in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and as part of the 200-yard medley relay. Freshman Reona Yamaguchi was a triple winner in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard medley relay. Freshman Byrne Litschgi tallied wins in the 200-yard backstroke and swam legs on both the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.

Additionally, sophomore diver Anna Girlich achieved a personal best and NCAA provisional score on the one-meter board, taking second place with 268.55 points.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
50-yard freestyle – Maya Scheidl (1st, 24.37)
100-yard freestyle – Maya Scheidl (1st, 53.00)
100-yard butterfly – Abby Erdmann (1st, 58.34)
200-yard butterfly – Abby Erdmann (1st, 2:09.38)
1,000-yard freestyle – Cara LoPiano (1st, 10:46.74)
100-yard backstroke – Melissa Bischoff (1st, 59.63)
100-yard breaststroke – Christina Cheng (1st, 1:07.23)
200-yard backstroke – Alison Wall (1st, 2:06.83)
200-yard breaststroke – Emma Madden (1st, 2:30.01)
200-yard IM – Megan Wall (1st, 2:15.42)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:47.64 (Melissa BischoffChristina ChengAbby ErdmannMaya Scheidl)
200-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 1:38.11 (Naomy Grand'PierreYifan MaoAlison WallMaya Scheidl)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
100-yard butterfly – Kevin Ku (1st, 52.51)
200-yard butterfly – Kevin Ku (1st, 1:54.72)
200-yard IM – Kevin Ku (1st, 1:58.31)
50-yard freestyle – Alexander Farrell (1st, 20.99)
100-yard freestyle – Alexander Farrell (1st, 46.74)
100-yard breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 57.74)
200-yard breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 2:09.02)
200-yard backstroke – Byrne Litschgi (1st, 1:56.89)
One-meter dive – Dean Boures (1st, 256.20)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:34.59 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Nick Reuter, Alexander Farrell)
200-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 1:25.25 (Alexander Farrell, Byrne Litschgi, Aidan Meara, Jonathan Simoneau)


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