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Maroon swimming and diving compile three All-Americans and two new school records at day three of NCAAs

Maya Scheidl, Melissa Bischoff and Keenan Novis
Maya Scheidl, Melissa Bischoff and Keenan Novis

GREENSBORO, N.C. – On day three of the NCAA Division III Championships, the University of Chicago swimming and diving teams broke two more school records during Friday's action.

The Maroon women provided both new school records and captured All-America in each event. Sophomore Melissa Bischoff got rolling early in the day with a school-record time of 55.66 in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke. During the evening finals, Bischoff placed eighth in 56.03.

The 800-yard freestyle relay provided the day's biggest highlight, courtesy of junior Alison Wall, junior Maya Scheidl, senior Karen Chu and freshman Hannah Eastman. The relay shattered the previous school-best by four seconds as the swimmers finished in 7:26.48 and placed fifth overall.

UChicago's men nabbed All-America as well on their half of the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Maroons took 15th in a time of 6:45.79. The relay consisted of senior Thomas Meek, junior Jonathan Simoneau, freshman Alexander Farrell and freshman Keenan Novis.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
800-yard freestyle relay – 15th, 6:45.79 (Thomas Meek, Jonathan Simoneau, Alexander Farrell, Keenan Novis)
100-yard breaststroke (PRELIMS) – James Taylor (17th, 56.10)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
800-yard freestyle relay – 5th, 7:26.48 (Alison Wall, Maya Scheidl, Karen Chu, Hannah Eastman)
100-yard backstroke – Melissa Bischoff (8th, 56.03); Alison Wall (24th, 57.16)
200-yard butterfly (PRELIMS) – Ciara Hu (23rd, 2:05.99); Hannah Eastman (24th, 2:06.00)


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