Maroon swimming and diving wins Chicago Invite

Matthew Staab and Natalie DeMuro
Matthew Staab and Natalie DeMuro

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams wrapped up the two-day Chicago Invitational with a pair of team wins on Saturday.

The Maroon men totaled 1,250 points to handily top the eight-team field as runner-up University of Wisconsin-Whitewater finished with 669 points. UChicago's women posted 1,045 points amongst the nine teams while Wisconsin-Whitewater was second with 720 points.

The men's divers stood out on Saturday with high marks across the three-meter board. Senior Matthew Staab captured the three-meter victory with a pool and school record score of 553.85. That mark helped him garner NCAA provisional qualifying scores on both the one-meter and three-meter boards this weekend. Fellow senior Anthony Restaino was runner-up with 512.50 points as he also posted NCAA provisional marks on both boards. Senior Kevin Steffes and freshman Dean Boures recorded NCAA provisional scores with 498.10 and 496.35, respectively.

The diving success carried over to the women's side. Freshman Natalie DeMuro's winning one-meter score of 417.90 was also a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. DeMuro's victory was one of five on the day for the Maroon women. Senior Jennifer Hill won the 400-yard IM (4:40.00) and also swam the anchor leg for the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay (3:38.16).

The UChicago men were victorious in nine events over the course of the day. Freshman Alex Lin was a multiple winner in the 400-yard IM (4:13.93) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.79). Sophomore Mantim Lee picked up three wins on the day. Lee triumphed in the 100-yard butterfly (52.30) and as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.22) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.09). Junior Matthew Veldman and sophomore Jeremy Estes swam legs on both relay victories as well.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
400-yard IM – Alex Lin (1st, 4:13.93)
200-yard backstroke – Alex Lin (1st, 1:56.79)
100-yard breaststroke – Matthew Chen (1st, 1:00.61)
100-yard freestyle – Thomas Meek (1st, 47.15)
200-yard butterfly – Kevin Ku (1st, 1:57.28)
100-yard butterfly – Mantim Lee (1st, 52.30)
Three-meter dive – Matthew Staab (1st, 553.85)
400-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 3:12.22 (Matthew Veldman, Jeremy Estes, Jonas Fowler, Mantim Lee)
200-yard medley relay – 1st, 1:37.09 (Jeremy Estes, Connor Turkatte, Mantim Lee, Matthew Veldman)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
400-yard IM – Jennifer Hill (1st, 4:40.00)
200-yard backstroke – Michelle Law (1st, 2:13.42)
200-yard butterfly – Sydney Wong (1st, 2:11.84)
One-meter dive – Natalie DeMuro (1st, 417.90)
400-yard freestyle relay – 1st, 3:38.16 (Alison Wall, Maya Scheidl, Jen Law, Jennifer Hill)

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday, January 17 – UChicago at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1 PM