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Redza Sets School Record; Yamaguchi Captures First Event Title for Maroon Swimming & Diving On UAA Day 3

Natalie Redza and Reona Yamaguchi
Natalie Redza and Reona Yamaguchi

ATLANTA, Ga. – First-year Nadia Redza set a new school record and sophomore Reona Yamaguchi earned a University Athletic Association event championship to highlight UChicago's swimming and diving teams on Day 3 of the conference title meet Friday at Emory University.

Redza swam a new program record of 4:26.41 in the women's 400-meter medley to place fourth, as the Maroon women's team captured 10 Top-7 finishes Friday. In the 3-meter diving final, senior Natalie DeMuro again came up big, placing second to earn her second All-UAA honor of 2018 after taking third in Wednesday's 1-meter final.

Yamaguchi, a 2017 NCAA Division III All-American in the 100-breaststroke, captured his first league title in the event after placing second a year ago as a first-year. He swam in a time of 55.02 seconds to earn the Maroons' first UAA title of the 2018 Championships.

In total, the Maroon men captured six Top-7 finishes Friday, as the 800-freestlye relay team of Lance Culjat, Keda Song, Keenan Novis and Taye Baldinazzo,also earned All-UAA nods after taking second with a time of 6:43.22.

After 37 events, the UChicago women's squad stands third with 881.50 points, still within striking distance of second-place New York University (901). Host Emory (1,461) holds a dominating lead heading into Saturday's final day.

The UChicago men stand fourth with 772 points. Emory also leads the men's side with 1,153 points.



  • Saturday, Feb. 17: UChicago at UAA Swimming & Diving Championships (Final Day) at Emory, 10 AM ET/5:30PM ET


Women's Top Finishers
200 IM Relay: 4, Gillian Gagnard, Margaret Wolfson, Nicole Garcia, Nicole Lin, 1:44.76
400 IM: 4, Nadia Redza, 4:26.41; 5, Simone Stover, 4:26.83
100 butterfly: 5, Hadley Ackerman, 56.78; 7, Nicole Garcia, 56.95
200 free: t-6, Hannah Eastman, 1:52.62
100 backstroke: 6, Gillian Gagnard, 56.25
800 freestyle relay: 5, Hannah Eastman, Margaret Wolfson, Simone Stover, Nadia Redza, 7:41.43
3-meter diving: 2, Natalie DeMuro, 483.45; 4, Anna Girlich, 450.50

Men's Top Finishers
200 IM Relay: 4, Keda Song, Reona Yamaguchi, Alexander Farrell, Aidan Meara, 1:30.96
100 butterfly: 5, Keda Song, 49.87
200 free: 7, Taye Baldinazzo, 1:40.45
100 breaststroke: 1, Reona Yamaguchi, 55.02; 5, Lance Culjat, 56.08
800 freestyle relay: 2, Lance Culjat, Keda Song, Keenan Novis, Taye Baldinazzo, 6:43.22