UChicago Swimming & Diving Adds to All-American Haul at Third Day of NCAA Championships

Byrne Litschgi, Hannah Eastman and Lance Culjat
Byrne Litschgi, Hannah Eastman and Lance Culjat

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Chicago swimming and diving teams totaled 13 more All-American finishes at day three of the NCAA Division III Championships on Friday.

Another strong showing from the Maroon women's divers resulted in four All-American finishes for the second time this week. Following her runner-up finish in Wednesday's three-meter dive, junior Agnes Lo placed third in the one-meter dive, scoring 468.45 points. First-year Elizabeth Cron took sixth in the event with 440.90 for her second top-eight showing. Senior Anna Girlich concluded her collegiate career by placing 12th (404.95 points), followed by first-year Alice Saparov in 13th (392.50 points).

The women's 200-yard butterfly proved fruitful for the Maroons as well. Senior Hannah Eastman claimed her fifth All-American award of the meet, finishing seventh in 2:02.83. The consolation final saw sophomore Hadley Ackerman grab 14th in 2:03.89.

On the men's side, seven UChicago swimmers netted All-American status. Junior Byrne Litschgi snagged his third All-American honor of the meet as the squad's top placer. He was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke in 47.89. Junior Lance Culjat also submitted a podium finish in the 100-yard breaststroke as his time of 54.88 secured seventh place.

The 800-yard freestyle relay placed 10th overall with the quartet of sophomore Keda Song, first-year Nick Ding, first-year Julian Spencer and junior Taye Baldinazzo. They touched the wall in a time of 6:41.68 in the finals. Junior George Reuter rounded out the top placers in the consolation finals of the 200-yard butterfly, swimming to 12th place in 1:49.36.

In the team scoring, the Maroon women currently rank sixth with 140 points and the men are eighth with 113 points.

 

Finals
Men
100 Back – Byrne Litschgi (5th, 47.89)
100 Breast – Lance Culjat (7th, 54.88)
800 Free Relay – 10th, 6:41.68 (Keda Song, Nick Ding, Julian Spencer, Taye Baldinazzo)
200 Butterfly – George Reuter (12th, 1:49.36)
Women
One-meter Dive – Agnes Lo (3rd, 468.45); Elizabeth Cron (6th, 440.90); Anna Girlich (12th, 404.95); Alice Saparov (13th, 392.50)
200 Butterfly – Hannah Eastman (7th, 2:02.83); Hadley Ackerman (14th, 2:03.89)
800 Free Relay – 18th, 7:39.67 (Chloe Fong, Taylor Hammill, Audrey Mason, Hannah Eastman)

Prelims
Men
200 Butterfly – Michael Todd (19th, 1:50.69); Nick Ding (20th, 1:50.92)
100 Breast – Reona Yamaguchi (19th, 55.82)
Women
100 Back – Gillian Gagnard (32nd, 57.57); Tyler Mandrell (33rd, 57.70)
100 Breast – Margaret Wolfson (26th, 1:05.58)

 

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday, Mar. 23 @ 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM (ET) – UChicago at NCAA Championships (Greensboro, N.C.)