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Swimming & Diving Opens Season With Meets at Northwestern and Wheaton

Reona Yamaguchi and Simone Stover
Reona Yamaguchi and Simone Stover

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams kept busy on the first competition day of the season with split-squad meets at Northwestern University and Wheaton College on Saturday.

Up in Evanston, the Maroons took on a trio of NCAA Division I opponents in a quad meet – host Northwestern, University of Illinois-Chicago and Rutgers University.

Reona Yamaguchi was the day's top performer on the men's half. The sophomore won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.51, beating out the runner-up by 0.6 seconds. He also took second in the 200-yard breaststroke by a mere 0.03 seconds, and was also runner-up in the 200-yard IM (1:56.84).

The Maroons captured the top two spots in the men's 200-yard butterfly with junior Michael Todd winning in 1:54.80 and sophomore Taye Baldinazzo placing second in 1:55.63.

The women were led by first-year Margaret Wolfson, who finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.31) and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

UChicago Top Finishers at Northwestern (Men)
200-yard Butterfly – Michael Todd (1st, 1:54.80); Taye Baldinazzo (2nd, 1:55.63)
100-yard Breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 57.51)
200-yard Breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (2nd, 2:07.40)
200-yard IM – Reona Yamaguchi (2nd, 1:56.84)
50-yard Freestyle – Alexander Farrell (2nd, 21.44)
400-yard Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 3:08.34 (Byrne Litschgi, Keda Song, Keenan Novis, Alexander Farrell)

UChicago Top Finishers at Northwestern (Women)
200-yard Breaststroke – Margaret Wolfson (2nd, 2:23.31)
400-yard Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 3:38.61 (Margaret Wolfson, Nicole Lin, Gillian Gagnard, Hannah Eastman)


Simultaneously, UChicago was also in action at Wheaton for a dual meet. The women won 115-90 while the men lost 139-66.

The Maroons combined for seven victories. Junior Simone Stover was a multiple winner in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.43) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.97). First-year Tiffany Wu won the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.84) and was part of the first-place 400-yard medley relay. First-year Jonathan Mendley was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.45.

UChicago Top Finishers at Wheaton (Women)
200-yard Freestyle – Simone Stover (1st, 1:59.43)
500-yard Freestyle – Simone Stover  (1st, 5:25.97)
200-yard Breaststroke – Drew Landrowski (1st, 2:32.12)
200-yard Butterfly – Tiffany Wu (1st, 2:13.84)
200-yard IM – Jean Dai (1st, 2:19.05)
400-yard Medley Relay – 1st, 4:08.17 (Elizabeth Shen, Emma Madden, Tiffany Wu, Cecile Kurman-Browning)

UChicago Top Finishers at Wheaton (Men)
50-yard Freestyle – Jonathan Mendley (1st, 21.45)


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