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UChicago Swimming & Diving Sets Two More School Records and Two Pool Records at Day Two of Phoenix Fall Classic

Byrne Litschgi
Byrne Litschgi

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams continued their domination of the Phoenix Fall Classic on Saturday with 14 more victories.

Two school records were rewritten – sophomore Byrne Litschgi won the men's 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.20 and first-year Margaret Wolfson was runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.52. Litschgi's 200 back performance set a new pool record, as did junior Michael Todd in the men's 200-yard butterfly (1:48.65). The three performances also achieved NCAA B-cut status.

On the middle day of the three-day meet, the Maroons recorded 14 total NCAA B-cut marks. Litschgi put up a 200-yard IM time of 1:51.94 in the prelims. Senior Dean Boures scored 443.45 on the men's three-meter dive. Sophomore Taye Baldinazzo swam the 200-yard butterfly prelims in 1:51.03, as well the winning time of 4:28.44 in the 500-yard freestyle. The 100-yard breaststroke featured B-cuts from sophomores Reona Yamaguchi (54.98) and Lance Culjat (56.27). Sophomore Aaron Guo posted 1:50.48 in the 200-yard butterfly. The men's 200-yard medley relay won in 1:31.09.

The other women's B-cuts included a trio of victories from sophomore Agnes Lo in the one-meter dive (462.15), first-year Gillian Gagnard in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.52) and first-year Hadley Ackerman in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.67).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200 IM – Michelle Cho (1st, 2:07.58)
500 Free – Nadia Redza (1st, 5:00.83)
200 Back – Gillian Gagnard (1st, 2:00.52)
200 Butterfly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 2:05.67)
One-meter Dive – Agnes Lo (1st, 462.15)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:45.79 (Melissa Bischoff, Margaret Wolfson, Nicole Garcia, Nicole Lin)
800 Free Relay – 1st, 7:41.84 (Elizabeth Shen, Nadia Redza, Taylor Hammill, Hannah Eastman)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 Back – Byrne Litschgi (1st, 1:46.20)
200 Butterfly – Michael Todd (1st, 1:48.65)
200 IM – Keda Song (1st, 1:53.49)
500 Free – Taye Baldinazzo (1st, 4:28.44)
100 Free – Alexander Farrell (1st, 45.91)
200 Medley Relay – 1st, 1:31.09 (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd, Alexander Farrell)
800 Free Relay – 1st, 6:51.16 (Keda Song, Keenan Novis, Joey Libertin, Taye Baldinazzo)


  • Sunday, Nov. 19 – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago, 10 AM / 5 PM