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Bischoff wins backstroke to highlight Maroon swimming and diving effort at day three of UAA Championships

Melissa Bischoff and Matthew Veldman
Melissa Bischoff and Matthew Veldman

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Melissa Bischoff's title in the 100-yard backstroke highlighted the University of Chicago swimming and diving effort at the third day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Friday.

Emory University leads the eight-team field with 1,349 points on the women's side and 1,096.5 points on the men's side. UChicago's women are currently second with 940 points and the men are fourth with 863 points.

Friday's action saw the Maroons compile six times that would qualify for last season's NCAA Championships, along with 10 NCAA B cuts. By finishing in the top three, UChicago earned All-UAA honors in seven different races.

Bischoff secured her first career individual UAA title when she won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.67. That time would have qualified for NCAAs in 2015. It was also UChicago's third event win of the weekend.

Five other races saw Maroons achieve 2015 NCAA qualifying standards. Senior Thomas Meek was runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.12, which was only 0.08 seconds behind the winner. Meek was also part of a pair of second-place relays – the 200-yard medley (1:30.69) and the 800-yard freestyle (6:42.82). The relay members included freshman Winston Wang, senior James Taylor, senior Matthew Veldman, freshman Keenan Novis, freshman Alexander Farrell and junior Jonathan Simoneau.

UChicago's women put up 2015 NCAA qualifying marks in two relays. The Maroons placed second in the 200-yard medley (1:43.83) and third in the 800-yard freestyle (7:33.45). The 200-yard medley relay finished a mere 0.04 seconds behind first place. The All-UAA relays included Bischoff, freshman Christian Cheng, freshman Daria Wick, junior Maya Scheidl, junior Alison Wall, senior Karen Chu, freshman Cecile Kurman-Browning and freshman Hannah Eastman.

Veldman rounded out the All-UAA performances with second place in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming a time of 49.05.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 freestyle – Thomas Meek (2nd, 1:39.12)
100 butterfly – Matthew Veldman (2nd, 49.05)
200 medley relay – 2nd, 1:30.69 (Winston Wang, James Taylor, Matthew Veldman, Thomas Meek)
800 freestyle relay – 2nd, 6:42.82 (Keenan Novis, Thomas Meek, Alexander Farrell, Jonathan Simoneau)
100 breaststroke – James Taylor (4th, 56.96)
100 backstroke – Alex Lin (5th, 51.31)
400 IM – Keenan Novis (7th, 4:03.77); Kevin Ku (11th, 4:06.61)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100 backstroke – Melissa Bischoff (1st, 55.67); Alison Wall (5th, 57.04)
200 medley relay – 2nd, 1:43.83 (Melissa Bischoff, Christina Cheng, Daria Wick, Maya Scheidl)
800 freestyle relay – 3rd, 7:33.46 (Alison Wall, Karen Chu, Cecile Kurman-Browning, Hannah Eastman)
Three-meter dive – Anna Girlich (4th, 426.25)
400 IM – Megan Wall (4th, 4:28.31); Ciara Hu (7th, 4:32.68); Simone Stover (8th, 4:34.14)
200 freestyle – Hannah Eastman (4th, 1:52.55); Maya Scheidl (9th, 1:52.49)
100 breaststroke – Christina Cheng (6th, 1:05.64)
100 butterfly – Daria Wick (11th, 57.58)


  • Saturday, February 20 – UChicago at UAA Championships (Rochester, N.Y.), 10 AM / 5:30 PM (ET)