UChicago swimming and diving breaks four school records at conclusion of UAA Championships

Agnes Lo and Lance Culjat
Agnes Lo and Lance Culjat

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams put together a string of impressive performances to close out the four-day 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday.

The Maroon women placed third overall in the team standings with 1,440 points, which are the most points ever scored at a UAA meet by the women's squad. UChicago's men were fourth with 1,192.5 points. Emory University swept the team championships for the men (1,650.5 points) and the women (1,924.5 points).

UChicago broke four school records and captured nine All-UAA honors on the final day of the conference meet.

After dominating the women's three-meter dive on Thursday, freshman Agnes Lo posted historic marks in the one-meter dive. Her cumulative score of 499.55 in the finals set a new school and UAA record, winning by 22 points in the process. The previous mark was held by UChicago's Becky Schmidt (496.10 in 2013). With the sweep, Lo was named the UAA Women's Diver of the Year. Sophomore Anna Girlich was an All-UAA pick with a third-place showing (457.70).

UChicago's Abbey Bernardo was recognized as UAA Women's Diving Coaching Staff of the Year at the conclusion of the meet. She had three divers in the finals of each board, with two victories and four All-UAA selections.

Senior Maya Scheidl powered her way to a new school record in the women's 100-yard freestyle. She was runner-up in a time of 51.08. Scheidl also swam a leg on the school record setting 400-yard freestyle relay. The Maroon quartet of sophomore Daria Wick, Scheidl, senior Alison Wall and sophomore Hannah Eastman blew past the old mark with a second-place time of 3:24.82.

Wall took runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke and Eastman was third in the 200-yard butterfly.

The men made a big impact in the 200-yard breaststroke. The freshman duo of Lance Culjat and Reona Yamaguchi finished within 0.3 seconds of each other to take second and third place, respectively. Culjat broke his own school record in the event with a time of 2:00.69.

Sophomore Michael Todd ended in second place in the 200-yard butterfly by swimming a time of 1:49.63.

Seven individuals and one relay posted times on the day that would qualify for last year's NCAA Division III Championship meet:


UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
One-meter Diving – Agnes Lo (1st, 499.55); Anna Girlich (3rd, 457.70)
200-yard Backstroke – Alison Wall (2nd, 2:01.03)
100-yard Freestyle – Maya Scheidl (2nd, 51.08)
400-yard Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 3:24.82 (Daria Wick, Maya Scheidl, Alison Wall, Hannah Eastman)
200-yard Butterfly – Hannah Eastman (3rd, 2:04.19)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200-yard Breaststroke – Lance Culjat (2nd, 2:00.69); Reona Yamaguchi (3rd, 2:00.99)
200-yard Butterfly – Michael Todd (2nd, 1:49.63)


Award Winners

Men's Swimmer of the Year - Andrew Wilson (Emory)
Men's Rookie of the Year - Sage Ono (Emory)
Men's Diver of the Year - Connor Brisson (NYU)
Men's Coaching Staff of the Year - Emory and Washington-St. Louis
Men's Diving Coaching Staff of the Year - NYU
Men's Team Champions - Emory

Women's Swimmer of the Year - Cindy Cheng (Emory)
Women's Rookie of the Year - Maria Turcan (Emory)
Women's Diver of the Year - Agnes Lo (UChicago)
Women's Coaching Staff of the Year - Emory
Women's Diving Coaching Staff of the Year - UChicago
Women's Team Champion - Emory



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