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Records Fall Again for UChicago Swimming & Diving at Phoenix Fall Classic Day Two

Keda Song
Keda Song

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming & diving teams kept up their record-setting pace as hosts of day two of the Phoenix Fall Classic on Saturday.

Out of the 18 total events contested on the day, the Maroon racked up 15 wins. The denizens of the Myers-McLoraine Pool broke one pool record and two school records, while posting 23 NCAA B-cut marks.

The men's 800-yard freestyle relay finished the night session with a bang, breaking the old pool record by 2.32 seconds. The relay of Arthur Kiselnikov, Taye Baldinazzo, Keda Song and John Paul Phillips combined to swim a time of 6:39.92.

That race capped a record-setting day for Song. The Maroon junior earlier posted the best 200-yard IM time in school history, winning in 1:49.64. His 200-yard backstroke prelims time (1:49.20) was also an NCAA B-cut.

Senior George Reuter made history of his own in the 200-yard butterfly. His new school-record time came in at 1:48.22.

The Maroon men submitted nine more NCAA B-cut performances as well. Senior Reona Yamaguchi won the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.77. Senior teammate Byrne Litschgi was victorious in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.44. First-year Arthur Kiselnikov was the fastest man in the pool, topping the 100-yard freestyle in 44.75. He also got a B-cut in the 200-yard freestyle leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay (1:38.79). The men's 200-yard medley relay (Litschgi, Yamaguchi, Kiselnikov, Sam Nickson) earned the victory in 1:30.61.

Other B-cuts included first-year diver Logan Sherwin in the one-meter dive (465.10), first-year Alexander Sun in the 200 IM (1:51.04), first-year Jota Iwase (1:50.54) and first-year Justin Park (1:50.82) in the 200 butterfly, and sophomore John Paul Phillips in the 200 back (1:48.10).

On the women's side, six of the seven winning performances were NCAA B-cuts. Junior Hadley Ackerman was a double winner in the 200 butterfly (2:04.21) and the 200 IM (2:06.17). Junior Gillian Gagnard was first in the 200 backstroke in 2:02.16, beating out the runner-up by a mere 0.01 seconds. First-year Morgan Simon took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:00.43. The winning 200-yard medley relay (Tyler Mandrell, Chanell Kann, Nicole Garcia, Nicole Lin) was first to touch at 1:43.99.

All four women's divers claimed NCAA B-cut status, including senior Agnes Lo (489.65), sophomore Elizabeth Cron (482.95), sophomore Alice Saparov (461.35) and first-year Evanna Peng (432.55).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200 Fly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:04.21)
200 IM – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:06.17)
500 Free – Morgan Simon (1st, 5:00.43)
200 Back – Gillian Gagnard (1st, 2:02.16)
One-meter diving – Agnes Lo (1st, 489.65)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:43.99 (Tyler Mandrell, Chanell Kann, Nicole Garcia, Nicole Lin)
800 Free Relay – 1st, 7:40.32 (Filippa Kolokotsa, Morgan Simon, Audrey Mason, Grace Schwieters)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 IM – Keda Song (1st, 1:49.64)
200 Fly – George Reuter (1st, 1:48.22)
100 Breast – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 54.77)
200 Back – Byrne Litschgi (1st, 1:45.44)
100 Free – Arthur Kiselnikov (1st, 44.75)
Three-meter diving – Logan Sherwin (1st, 465.10)
800 Free Relay – 1st, 6:39.92 (Arthur Kiselnikov, Taye Baldinazzo, Keda Song, John Paul Phillips)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:30.61 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Arthur Kiselnikov, Sam Nickson)


  • Sunday, Nov. 24 @ 10:00 AM / 5:00 PM – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago