Maroon Men's Relay Teams Lead the Way on Day 2 of NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Jonathan Mendley
Jonathan Mendley

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Chicago men's relay teams led the way on Day 2 of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which saw the Maroons tally 19 total All-American honors across seven events Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Both men's 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams reached the coveted Championship Finals, as each earned full All-American status with fifth and sixth respective finishes. The 200 free team of Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi, Winston Wang and Alexander Farrell broke the school record with their time of 1:20.78.

Not to be outdone was the 400 medley relay of Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd and Farrell, as the squad scored two-straight school records in prelims and finals, finishing the Championship Finals with a time of 3:15.54 for sixth. Litschgi also set new records in his leadoff 100 backstroke. 

In the Consolation finals (where all finishers earn All-American Honorable Mention honors as Top 16), the women's 200 free relay team of Nicole Lin, Tyler Mandrell, Daria Wick and Hannah Eastman not only broke the previous school record but won their heat, taking a solid ninth place with a time of 1:34.16.

The 400 medley team of Gillian Gagnard, Lin, Hadley Ackerman and Eastman also set a new school record (3:47.13) in the prelims before taking 10th in the finals with a time of 3:47.51.

Also earning Honorable Mention All-America honors for the Maroons in individual races were Taye Baldinazzo (14th, 200 free), Simone Stover (16th, 400 IM), and Eastman (11th, 200 free).

After two days of competition, the UChicago women stand in seventh place with 87 points and the men are 11th with 68 points.

 

Championship Finals
Men
200 freestyle relay – 5, Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi, Winston Wang, Alexander Farrell (1:20.78)
400 medley relay – 6, Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, Michael Todd, Alexander Farrell (3:15.54)* broke school record

Consolation Finals
Men
200 free – 14, Taye Baldinazzo (1:39.69)
Women
200 freestyle relay – 9, Nicole Lin, Tyler Mandrell, Daria Wick, Hannah Eastman (1:34.16)
400 IM – 16, Simone Stover (4:33.39)
200 free – 11, Hannah Eastman (1:51.06)
400 medley relay – 10, Gillian Gagnard, Nicole Lin, Hadley Ackerman, Hannah Eastman (3:47.51)

Prelims
Men

400 IM – 18, Nick Ding (4:00.28)
200 free – 18, Keda Song (1:39.55)
100 fly – 40, George Reuter (50.16)
Women
100 butterfly – 20, Hadley Ackerman (56.15) ; 26, Nicole Garcia (56.76)
400 IM – 21, Nadia Redza (4:30.64)

 

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday, March 22: UChicago at NCAA Division III Championships (at Greensboro, N.C.), 9 A.M. CT / 5 P.M. CT