UChicago swimming and diving teams both finish on top at two-day Midwest Invite

Ciara Hu and James Taylor
Ciara Hu and James Taylor

CHICAGO – In their final tune-up before the conference championships, the University of Chicago swimming and diving teams both earned team victories at the two-day Midwest Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The Maroon men were first of five participating teams with 538 points scored. Washington University-St. Louis was second with 474 points. UChicago's women were also first with 503 points, followed by runner-up University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with 418 points.

The men's squad picked up four event wins on the weekend. Sophomore Alex Lin led a Maroon contingent that swept the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 59.05 that won by a mere 0.03 seconds. Freshman Keenan Novis topped the 400-yard IM in 4:09.57, and senior James Taylor was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.28). The 400-yard medley relay team – comprised of sophomore Jack Rodman, senior Thomas Meek, senior Gabriel Nathan and freshman Andrew Longwell – posted a time of 3:38.15.

On the women's side, UChicago tallied three wins and a pair of one-two finishes. Senior Ciara Hu captured the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:41.32. Freshman Christina Cheng triumphed in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.92 and sophomore Florina Yang took the 100-yard butterfly in 59.47.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
100-yard breaststroke – Alex Lin (1st, 59.05); Rolland Lee (2nd, 59.08)
400-yard IM – Keenan Novis (1st, 4:09.57)
200-yard breaststroke – James Taylor (1st, 2:12.28)
400-yard medley relay – 1st, 3:38.15 (Jack Rodman, Thomas Meek, Gabriel Nathan, Andrew Longwell)
100-yard butterfly – Michael Lemay and Gabriel Nathan (2nd, 51.88)
100-yard backstroke – Michael Todd (2nd, 52.70)
200-yard backstroke – Jack Rodman (2nd, 2:00.08)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100-yard butterfly – Florina Yang (1st, 59.47); Daria Wick (2nd, 59.90)
100-yard breaststroke – Christina Cheng (1st, 1:06.92); Jen Law (2nd, 1:11.51)
400-yard IM – Ciara Hu (1st, 4:41.32)
100-yard backstroke – Hannah Eastman (2nd, 1:01.19)
200-yard backstroke – Emma Madden (2nd, 2:11.34)
100-yard freestyle – Alison Wall (2nd, 52.99)
200-yard butterfly – Megan Wall (2nd, 2:14.87)


  • Wednesday-Saturday, February 17-20 – UChicago at UAA Championships (Rochester, N.Y.)