CHICAGO – Sophomore Hadley Ackerman's 100-yard butterfly title led the way for the University of Chicago swimming and diving teams on Day 3 of the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships Friday at Myers-McLoraine Pool.
Ackerman bested the field with her time of 56.09 seconds – a mark that also qualified for last year's 2018 NCAA Championships – to earn her first career conference crown and give UChicago its first swimming win of the four-day event after the Maroon women's divers swept 1-2-3 on Thursday.
In total, the Maroons had 34 swimmers across 14 events compete in their respective championship finals, recording five all-UAA finishes.
The UChicago men's squad had two runner-up finishes in two very exciting relays, taking second to perennial champion Emory in both the 200 medley (Michael Todd, Reona Yamaguchi, Byrne Litschgi, and Alexander Farrell) and 800 freestyle events while notching 2018 national qualifying times. A strong anchor leg by senior Taye Baldinazzo saw the Maroons – joined by Keda Song, Nick Ding, and Julian Spencer – come just .27 of a second from the title in 800 free relay.
The UChicago women's 800 free relay also had a strong finish with all-UAA honors in third, as Chloe Fong, Taylor Hammill, Audrey Mason and Hannah Eastman clocked a 2018 national qualifying time of 7:36.71.
Maroon first-year Martin Baffico snagged the final all-UAA mark, placing third in the men's 100 butterfly with a time of 49.33.
With one day of competition left, the UChicago women stand second to leader Emory (1,342 points) with 986 points. New York University is third with 862 points. On the men's side, the Maroons stand fourth (852.5) behind third-place Carnegie Mellon (866.5) and second-place WashU (995.5). Emory leads with 1,389 points.
The championships conclude Saturday with a 10 a.m. prelim session followed by 5:30 p.m. finals.
Friday's Top Finishers
200 Medley Relay – 4th, 1:44.16* (Tyler Mandrell, Nicole Lin, Nicole Garcia, Daria Wick)
400 IM – Simone Stover (7th, 4:31.57); Alice Ye (8th, 4:32.07)
100 butterfly – Hadley Ackerman (1st, 56.09*); Sandra Wong (5th, 56.57); Nicole Garcia (6th, 57.01)
200 free – Hannah Eastman (5th, 1:52.43)
100 breaststroke – Nicole Lin (6th, 1:05.11)
100 backstroke – Gillian Gagnard (5th, 56.99); Tyler Mandrell (6th, 57.08)
800 free relay – 3rd, 7:36.71* (Chloe Fong, Taylor Hammill, Audrey Mason, Hannah Eastman)
200 Medley Relay – 2nd, 1:29.70* (Michael Todd, Reona Yamaguchi, Byrne Litschgi, Alexander Farrell)
400 IM – Nick Ding (5th, 3:58.42*)
100 butterfly – Martin Baffico (3rd, 49.33); Michael Todd (8th, 49.58);
100 breaststroke – Reona Yamaguchi (5th, 56.03); Sam Nickson (8th, 56.65)
100 backstroke – Byrne Litschgi (5th, 49.90); Michael Todd (6th, 50.09); Keda Song (8th, 50.78)
800 free relay – 2nd, 6:42.51* (Keda Song, Nick Ding, Julian Spencer, Taye Baldinazzo)
*Time qualified for 2018 NCAA Division III Championships
- Saturday, Feb. 16: 10:00 AM/5:30 PM – UAA Championships at UChicago (final day)