UChicago swimming and diving breaks three school records at day two of UAA Championships

Thomas Meek and Jennifer Hill
Thomas Meek and Jennifer Hill

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams combined to break a trio of school records at day two of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Thursday.

Emory University holds the lead for both the men (477.5 points) and the women (699 points). UChicago's men are in second place with 458 points and the UChicago women are in third place with 367 points.

Junior Thomas Meek set a new school record in the 50-yard freestyle when he swam a time of 20.29 in the prelims. He went on to take runner-up in the event final with a mark of 20.37. The men's 200-yard freestyle relay was second in a school-record time of 1:21.93, which was only 0.24 seconds behind first place. The relay included Meek, sophomore Mantim Lee, sophomore Jeremy Estes and junior Matthew Veldman.

UChicago's women wrapped up the evening by setting a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay. The Maroons finished third in 3:48.67 with a relay consisting of freshman Melissa Bischoff, senior Jennifer Hill, sophomore Abby Erdmann and sophomore Maya Scheidl. All three of the school record times were NCAA B cuts.

In total, the Maroons amassed 12 NCAA B cut marks on the day. Sophomore Alison Wall posted B cuts in the 500-yard freestyle prelims (4:59.12) and in the 100-yard backstroke (56.93) while leading off a medley relay. Bischoff led off a medley relay with a time of 56.47 in the 100-yard backstroke. Hill and sophomore Megan Wall swam times of 2:06.59 and 2:07.51 in the 200-yard IM, respectively.

UChicago's men also got a pair of B cuts in the 50-yard freestyle, which came from Mantim Lee (20.82) and sophomore Jonathan Simoneau (20.83). Lee led off the medley relay in the 100-yard backstroke with a B cut mark of 51.10. That 400-yard medley relay team of Lee, senior Andrew Angeles, Veldman and Meek tallied a B cut time of 3:21.23.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
50-yard freestyle – Thomas Meek (2nd, 20.37); Mantim Lee (5th, 20.82)
200-yard freestyle relay – 2nd, 1:21.93 (Thomas Meek, Mantim Lee, Jeremy Estes, Matthew Veldman)
400-yard medley relay – 4th, 3:21.23 (Mantim Lee, Andrew Angeles, Matthew Veldman, Thomas Meek)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
400-yard medley relay – 3rd, 3:48.67 (Melissa Bischoff, Jennifer Hill, Abby Erdmann, Maya Scheidl)
200-yard IM – Jennifer Hill (5th, 2:06.59)
200-yard freestyle relay – 5th, 1:35.63 (Jennifer Hill, Maya Scheidl, Jessie Ho, Alison Wall)

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday-Saturday, February 13-14 – UChicago at UAA Championships (Atlanta, Ga.), 10 AM / 5:30 PM (ET)