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UChicago Swimming & Diving Tops Lewis and Olivet Nazarene in Competitive Return

Daria Wick and Alexander Farrell
Daria Wick and Alexander Farrell

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams returned to the pool after a two-month competition break with a home tri-meet against Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene University on Friday night. Both Maroon squads came away with two team wins.

On the women's half, UChicago defeated Lewis 203-91 and Olivet Nazarene 224-73.

All told, the women won 10 events on the evening, with four multi-event winners. Senior Daria Wick was first to touch the wall in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles, while junior Audrey Mason was victorious in the longer freestyle races (500 and 1,000). Sophomore Hadley Ackerman was the winner in both the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM. Sophomore Elizabeth Shen swam the anchor leg for both the 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Maroon women took the top spot in both the one-meter and three-meter drives with Elizabeth Cron and Alice Saparov, respectively. Saparov achieved NCAA provisional qualifying scores on both boards (259.27 and 280.65). Senior Anna Girlich (three-meter, 272.85) and Cron (one-meter, 287.55) each recorded NCAA provisional scores as well.

The Maroon men were similarly triumphant, 160-116 over Lewis and 194-78 against Olivet Nazarene.

UChicago earned victories in six total events. Junior Byrne Litschgi and senior Alexander Farrell both swam legs on the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Joseph Zhao posted winning dives on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100 Free – Daria Wick (1st, 54.09)
200 Free – Daria Wick (1st, 1:57.19)
500 Free – Audrey Mason (1st, 5:10.48)
1,000 Free – Audrey Mason (1st, 10:37.20)
200 Butterfly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:08.57)
200 IM – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:13.50)
One-meter dive – Elizabeth Cron (1st, 278.55)
Three-meter dive – Alice Saparov (1st, 280.65)
400 Free Relay – 1st, 3:37.84 (Hannah Subramaniam, Nicole Lin, Chloe Fong, Elizabeth Shen)
400 Medley Relay – 1st, 4:00.83 (Gillian Gagnard, Nadia Redza, Nicole Garcia, Elizabeth Shen)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
One-meter dive – Joseph Zhao (1st, 210.60)
Three-meter dive – Joseph Zhao (1st, 200.25)
200 Back – Martin Baffico (1st, 1:56.74)
200 IM – Taye Baldinazzo (1st, 1:55.64)
400 Free Relay – 1st, 3:08.68 (Keenan Novis, Alexander Farrell, Winston Wang, Byrne Litschgi)
400 Medley Relay – 1st, 3:27.15 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd, Alexander Farrell)


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