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Maroon Swimming Posts Impressive Results at Day One of Phoenix Fall Classic

Byrne Litschgi and Tyler Mandrell
Byrne Litschgi and Tyler Mandrell

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams kicked off their last meet of the 2018 calendar year with Friday night action as hosts of the three-day Phoenix Fall Classic.

The Maroons captured five wins in the six events contested in the evening session. A total of 12 teams are taking part in the multi-day meet.

The men's 400-yard medley relay team posted a NCAA B-cut time of 3:17.47 that beat out a mark that qualified for the NCAA nationals last year. Junior Byrne Litschgi provided the biggest highlight leading off the relay by setting a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.50. First-year Martin Baffico also put up a personal best of 49.36 as the opening leg of his quartet's 400-yard medley relay. Both marks are NCAA B-cuts that were under times that qualified for the 2018 NCAA national meet.

The women's 400-yard medley relay equaled the feat of NCAA B-cut and a lower time than NCAA qualifying than last year, finishing first in 3:50.08. First-year Tyler Mandrell put up a personal best and B-cut time of 56.74 in the 100-yard backstroke leg.

The men's 200-yard freestyle relay surpassed last year's NCAA qualifying time with a B-cut of 1:21.43.

In the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, sophomore Taylor Hammill's personal-best time of 17:24.55 won the event and was a NCAA B-cut. The men's 1,650-yard freestyle saw first-year Georgios Tzortzis post a personal-best NCAA B-cut time of 16:07.63.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 Free Relay – 1st, 1:21.43 (Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi, Winston Wang, Alexander Farrell)
400 Medley Relay – 1st, 3:17.47 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Nick Ding, Alexander Farrell)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200 Free Relay – 1st, 1:36.38 (Nicole Lin, Tyler Mandrell, Yifan Mao, Hannah Eastman)
400 Medley Relay – 1st, 3:50.08 (Tyler Mandrell, Nicole Lin, Hadley Ackerman, Hannah Eastman)
1,650 Free – Taylor Hammill (1st, 17:24.55)


  • Saturday, Nov. 17 @ 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago