UChicago swimming and diving breaks records at day two of Phoenix Fall Classic

James Taylor and Alison Wall
James Taylor and Alison Wall

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams broke two pool records and one school record to highlight day two of the Phoenix Fall Classic on Saturday.

Freshman Alex Lin set a new school record in the men's 200-yard backstroke with a winning time of 1:51.22, breaking the old mark of 1:51.98. His Saturday time was a NCAA B cut mark.

The men's and women's 200-yard medley relays set new pool records and posted NCAA B cuts. The men's time of 1:30.38 bested the old pool record by 0.54 seconds, while the women's time of 1:45.86 narrowly edged the pool record by 0.02 seconds. In total, UChicago posted 17 NCAA B cut marks on the day.

The men's diving trio of senior Matthew Staab, senior Kevin Steffes (431.90) and freshman Dean Boures (429.15) all posted NCAA provisional scores in the one-meter dive. Staab won the event with a score of 490.95. Another trio of Maroons posted B cuts in the 100-yard breaststroke – junior James Taylor, senior Andrew Angeles (57.06) and senior Michael Charysh (57.69). Taylor emerged as the winner at 56.74.

Three more men reached the B cut standard, including freshman Luke Trafton (200-yard backstroke / 1:52.97), junior Thomas Meek (100-yard freestyle / 45.59) and sophomore Kevin Ku (200-yard butterfly / 1:51.01).

The women's 200-yard butterfly also proved successful with three B cuts in the same event by sophomore Abby Erdmann (2:07.29), freshman Sydney Wong (2:07.51) and junior Ciara Hu (2:08.55). Sophomore Alison Wall was a B cut in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.38), as was Khia Kurtenbach in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.37).

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200-yard backstroke – Alex Lin (1st, 1:51.22)
200-yard IM – Jonas Fowler (1st, 1:53.51)
100-yard breaststroke – James Taylor (1st, 56.74)
100-yard freestyle – Thomas Meek (1st, 46.16)
200-yard butterfly – Kevin Ku (1st, 1:51.01)
One-meter dive – Matthew Staab (1st, 490.95)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:30.38 (Mantim Lee, James Taylor, Matthew Veldman, Thomas Meek)
800-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 7:03.68 (Jonas Fowler, Michael Charysh, Luke Trafton, Rolland Lee)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
500-yard freestyle – Alison Wall (1st, 4:59.38)
100-yard breaststroke – Jennifer Hill (1st, 1:06.54)
200-yard backstroke – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 2:04.37)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:45.86 (Melissa Bischoff, Jennifer Hill, Abby Erdmann, Maya Scheidl)
800-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 7:43.24 (Megan Wall, Karen Chu, Cara LoPiano, Alison Wall)


  • Sunday, November 23 – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago, 10 AM (prelims) / 5 PM (finals)