Two school records fall as UChicago swimming and diving continues success at NCAAs

Alison Wall, Megan Wall and Matthew Veldman
Alison Wall, Megan Wall and Matthew Veldman

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams added to their All-American haul and set two new school records in the process at the second day of the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday.

The school records came courtesy of junior sisters Alison Wall and Megan Wall. Alison broke the 200-yard freestyle record in the prelims at 1:50.70. Then in the evening's final, Alison outdid herself nearly a full second as she took ninth in 1:49.71. Megan put up a new school record in the 400-yard IM, which she swam in 4:26.43 to finish 11th.

With the Walls providing two All-American performances, UChicago's women put together two more for a nightly total of four. In the same 400-yard IM final, senior Ciara Hu finished 13th with a mark of 4:27.71. The All-American 400-yard medley relay placed 15th in 3:50.66. The mark was achieved by the quartet of sophomore Melissa Bischoff, freshman Christina Cheng, freshman Daria Wick and junior Maya Scheidl.

On the men's side, the Maroons nabbed two relay All-American finishes. The 200-yard freestyle relay raced to ninth place in 1:21.33, courtesy of senior Thomas Meek, freshman Alexander Farrell, junior Jonathan Simoneau and senior Matthew Veldman. The 400-yard medley relay also got in on the action with a 16th-place showing in 3:22.22. The relay was composed of freshman Winston Wang, senior James Taylor, Veldman and Meek.

Through two days, UChicago has earned All-American honors in nine different events.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200-yard freestyle relay – 9th, 1:21.33 (Thomas Meek, Alexander Farrell, Jonathan Simoneau, Matthew Veldman)
400-yard medley relay – 16th, 3:22.22 (Winston Wang, James Taylor, Matthew Veldman, Thomas Meek)
400-yard IM (PRELIMS) – Keenan Novis (21st, 4:05.24)
100-yard butterfly (PRELIMS) – Matthew Veldman (42nd, 50.88); Alexander Farrell (44th, 50.97)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200-yard freestyle – Alison Wall (9th, 1:49.71); Hannah Eastman (19th, 1:52.34);
400-yard IM – Megan Wall (11th, 4:26.43); Ciara Hu (13th, 4:27.71)
400-yard medley relay – 15th, 3:50.66 (Melissa Bischoff, Christina Cheng, Daria Wick, Maya Scheidl)
200-yard freestyle relay (PRELIMS) – 22nd, 1:36.73 (Daria Wick, Melissa Bischoff, Maya Scheidl, Alison Wall)
100-yard butterfly (PRELIMS) – Melissa Bischoff (42nd, 58.96)

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday-Saturday, March 18-19 – UChicago at NCAA Championships (Greensboro, N.C.), 10 AM / 6 PM (ET)