CHICAGO – The swimming portion of the 2020 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships kicked off on Thursday, with University of Chicago swimming and diving collecting four first-place finishes.
The four-day event – hosted inside UChicago's Myers-McLoraine Pool – started on Wednesday with the women's one-meter dive. Thursday's action saw the Maroons compile an impressive list of achievements, including one UAA record, one pool record, four school records and 20 NCAA B-cuts.
Emory University leads the team scores with 504.5 points on the women's side and 493 points on the men's half. UChicago's women lurk closely behind in second place with 497 points, while men are third with 452 points.
On the men's side, the 200-yard freestyle relay made a big statement early on in the finals. The quartet of Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi, Sam Nickson and Arthur Kiselnikov set a new UAA record in a time of 1:20.58, beating the previous record by 0.03 seconds. That mark was also a school record, a pool record and a B-cut for the Maroons.
The top-seeded men's 400-yard medley relay got a strong challenge from Emory down the stretch, but still won in a NCAA B-cut time of 3:16.74. The relay featured Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, George Reuter and Kiselnikov. The 400-yard B medley relay also posted a B-cut (3:19.74).
Individually, Keda Song swam a school-record time of 1:49.57 to win the men's 200-yard IM. He earned B-cuts in the 200 IM and in the 100-yard backstroke as part of the B Medley Relay.
The men's 50-yard freestyle produced drama as there was a tie for first atop the podium. Jonathan Mendley shared the title in a B-cut time of 20.42. Kiselnikov came in third with a B-cut mark of 20.57.
Andrew Chen made his UAA debut in the men's three-meter dive and ended up securing second place. His final score of 587.75 points (B-cut) broke the school record by more than eight points. Logan Sherwin took sixth with a B-cut score of 513.30 points.
On the women's side, Tyler Mandrell was the top individual placer for the team, taking fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.77). In the 200-yard IM, Chanell Kann (2:05.53, B-cut) grabbed fifth and Alice Ye (2:06.47, B-cut) finished in eighth.
The women's relays saw matching fourth-place showings in the 200 free relay (1:34.57) and the 400 medley relay (3:49.49). Both the A and B relays in both events achieved NCAA B-cuts.
UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 Free Relay: 1st, 1:20.58 – B (Jonathan Mendley, Byrne Litschgi, Sam Nickson, Arthur Kiselnikov)
400 Medley Relay: 1st, 3:16.74 – B (Byrne Litschgi, Reona Yamaguchi, George Reuter, Arthur Kiselnikov)
200 IM: Keda Song (1st, 1:49.57– B); Alex Sun (6th, 1:51.24 – B); Jota Iwase (7th, 1:52.06)
50 Free: Jonathan Mendley (T-1st, 20.42 – B); Arthur Kiselnikov (3rd, 20.57 – B)
Three-meter dive: Andrew Chen (2nd, 587.75 – B); Logan Sherwin (6th, 513.30 – B)
UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
200 Free Relay: 4th, 1:34.57 – B (Tyler Mandrell, Filippa Kolokotsa, Chanell Kann, Ayisha Africk)
400 Medley Relay: 4th, 3:49.49 – B (Gillian Gagnard, Chanell Kann, Hadley Ackerman, Tyler Mandrell)
50 Free: Tyler Mandrell (4th, 23.77)
200 IM: Chanell Kann (5th, 2:05.53 – B); Alice Ye (8th, 2:06.47 – B)
500 Free: Taylor Hammill (5th, 5:00.80); Morgan Simon (9th, 4:57.83 – B); Audrey Mason (10th, 4:58.21 – B)
- Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15 @ 10:00 AM / 5:30 PM – UAA Championships at UChicago