CHICAGO – A memorable Senior Day for the University of Chicago swimming & diving teams concluded with a historic dual meet victory over University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.
Before the start of the meet, the Maroons recognized their 16 seniors for their contributions to the program – Nicole Garcia, Sydney Grube, Sedef Ishaque, Iris Jacobs, Agnes Lo, Yifan Mao, Audrey Mason, Michaela Mullison, Tina Rodriguez, Taye Baldinazzo, Anton Generalov, Byrne Litschgi, Aidan Meara, George Reuter, Scott Wu and Reona Yamaguchi.
For the first time ever, the UChicago men and women defeated NCAA Division I opponent Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the same meet. It also marked the first time the women have topped the Panthers as well. The men's team score stood at 200-100 and the women's score was 190.5-107.5.
Three school records fell on the day. Yamaguchi broke his own pool and school record in the 100-yard IM by finishing in 51.67. The women's 100-yard IM school record was also set by first-year Chanell Kann in a time of 59.42. First-year Andrew Chen posted a new record in the men's one-meter dive (six dives) by scoring 330.15 points.
All told, the Maroons triumphed in 26 out of 32 events (14 men and 12 women). On the women's side, there were three individual multi-winners. Kann was first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.02), 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.15) and 100-yard IM. Sophomore Chloe Fong was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle (53.87) and 200-yard freestyle (1:57.44). Junior Hadley Ackerman swept the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly with times of 58.87 and 2:07.79, respectively.
UChicago's men featured three multi-champions as well. Yamaguchi touched first in three different races – 100-yard IM, 100-yard breaststroke (58.28) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.48). Baldinazzo won the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.87) and 500-yard freestyle (4:41.51). Litschgi earned a pair of wins in the 100-yard backstroke (50.73) and 200-yard backstroke (1:51.38).
UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100 Breast – Chanell Kann (1st, 1:07.02)
200 Breast – Chanell Kann (1st, 2:24.15)
100 IM – Chanell Kann (1st, 59.42)
100 Free – Chloe Fong (1st, 53.87)
200 Free – Chloe Fong (1st, 1:57.44)
100 Butterfly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 57.87)
200 Butterfly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:07.79)
500 Free – Morgan Simon (1st, 5:15.19)
1,000 Free – Audrey Mason (1st, 10:45.51)
One-Meter Diving – Elizabeth Cron (1st, 289.80 points)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:48.12 (Tyler Mandrell, Chanell Kann, Hadley Ackerman, Ayisha Afrik)
400 Free Relay – 1st, 3:36.70 (Chloe Fong, Tyler Mandrell, Grace Schwieters, Gillian Gagnard)
UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
100 Breast – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 58.28)
200 Breast – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 2:09.48)
100 IM – Reona Yamaguchi (1st, 51.67)
200 Free – Taye Baldinazzo (1st, 1:42.87)
500 Free – Taye Baldinazzo (1st, 4:41.51)
100 Back – Byrne Litschgi (1st, 50.73)
200 Back – Byrne Litschgi (1st, 1:51.38)
50 Free – Jonathan Mendley (1st, 21.20)
100 Free – Arthur Kiselnikov (1st, 46.27)
100 Butterfly – George Reuter (1st, 50.57)
200 Butterfly – Justin Park (1st, 1:53.48)
One-Meter Diving – Andrew Chen (1st, 330.15 points)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:34.18 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, George Reuter, Aidan Meara)
400 Free Relay – 1st, 3:06.50 (Arthur Kiselnikov, Jonathan Mendley, Lucius Gao, Sam Nickson)
- Saturday, Jan. 25 @ 11:00 AM / 12:00 PM – UChicago at University of Illinois-Chicago / UChicago at DePauw University