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UChicago Swimming & Diving Caps Final Day of UAAs with 11 All-Conference Honors

Byrne Litschgi and Keda Song
Byrne Litschgi and Keda Song

CHICAGO – On the final day of the 2019 University Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships, the University of Chicago squads recorded 11 all-conference finishes and sent one more to the top of the podium in a solid finish Saturday.

The UChicago women's team – led by the quartet of divers – finished runner-up to perennial champion Emory University (1,943 points), as the Maroons netted a school-record 1,484.5 points.

Junior Agnes Lo – awarded her second career UAA Diver of the Year award – came away with a resounding victory in the women's 1-meter dive with 529.60 points. The score not only broke UAA, school, and Myers-McLoraine Pool records, it bested Lo's former UAA record by whopping 30 points.

Freshmen Elizabeth Cron (483.25) and Alice Saparov (461.55) joined Lo in repeating their 3-meter finishes with second- and third-place marks, and UChicago senior Anna Girlich placed sixth to cap a dominating showing. First-year diving Head Coach Becky Benson was named Women's Diving Coach of the Year for their efforts.

UChicago sophomore Gillian Gagnard churned out a stellar runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke, as her time of 2:03.07 was a 2018 national qualifier. Senior Hannah Eastman (third in the 200 butterfly) also earned her own all-conference finish and then teamed up with Gagnard, Nicole Lin and Daria Wick to give one more all-league nod to the third-place 400 freestyle relay team.

UChicago's men's squad made up some ground after standing in fourth place Friday, as its five all-UAA finishes helped propel the Maroons into a third-place finish with 1,299.5 points. WashU was second (1,454.5) and Emory again took the title with 1,848.

Byrne Litschgi and Keda Song made for some drama in the 200 backstroke, as both men touched the wall at the exact same time to tie for second place with a 2018 qualifying time of 1:48.51. Alexander Farrell earned another runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle and rookie Nick Ding create a stellar finals race in the 200 butterfly, taking second with a time of 1:49.62.

To cap the meet, the 400 freestyle relay of Keenan Novis, Farrell, Jonanthan Mendley and Litschgi placed third to earn the team's final all-conference honor.


Women's Top Finishers
1,650 free – Audrey Mason (9th, 17:31.25)
200 back – Gillian Gagnard (2nd, 2:03.07*); Alice Ye (5th, 2:04.17)
200 fly – Hannah Eastman (3rd, 2:04.67*); Alice Ye (7th, 2:07.12)
1-meter diving – Agnes Lo (1st, 529.60); Elizabeth Cron (2nd, 483.25); Alice Saparov (3rd, 461.55); Anna Girlich (6th, 443.50)
400 free relay – 3rd, 3:27.84* (Nicole Lin, Daria Wick, Gillian Gagnard, Hannah Eastman)

Men's Top Finishers
200 back – Byrne Litschgi (t-2nd, 1:48.51*); Keda Song (t-2nd, 1:48.51*); John Paul Phillips (8th, 1:51.68)
100 free – Alexander Farrell (2nd, 45.33); Jonathan Mendley (8th, 46.60)
200 fly – Nick Ding (2nd, 1:49.62); Michael Todd (4th, 1:50.35); George Reuter (8th, 1:56.32);
400 free relay – 3rd, 3:01.73 (Keenan Novis, Alexander Farrell, Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi)



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