Scott named UAA swimmer of the year

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 14, ending the meet in a familiar place.

The women placed second with 634 points and the men finished third with 465 points; both squads remained in the same positions they were in after Day 1 of the championships. Emory University, the host of the meet, took first on both sides.

On the women’s side, sophomore Jennifer Scott totaled three UAA titles and was named the UAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year. After winning a UAA championship in each of the first two days, Scott’s strong weekend continued on Day 3 as she won the 100 free UAA title.

For their efforts, WUSTL head coach Brad Shively and his assistants garnered UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors on the women’s side.

As he did the first two days, sophomore Michael Slavik gave the men plenty to cheer about. Slavik broke another school record — his fourth of the championships — by clocking a 1:53.66 in the preliminary round of the 200-meter backstroke. Slavik broke the mark again in the finals, registering a 1:52.45 to place third and earn an NCAA “A” cut.

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The No. 8 women’s basketball team picked up UAA road wins Feb. 13 and 15. WUSTL took a 76-58 win Feb. 13 at Case Western Reserve University. Junior Hallie Hutchens and sophomore Kelly Manning combined for 30 second-half points in the win. Hutchens scored 14 of her career-high 23 points in the second half, while Manning had 16 of her 18 points in the second frame. Senior Lesley Hawley scored a career-high 28 points as the Bears posted a 71-47 win at Emory Feb. 15. WUSTL opened the game with an 18-4 run; 10 of those points coming from Hawley.

The men’s basketball team picked up UAA road wins Feb. 13 and 15. WUSTL beat Case Western Reserve, 89-82, Feb. 13. Junior Rob Keller tied his career-high with 24 points as he shot 9 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 10 from three-point range. Two days later, Washington U. knocked off Emory, 86-68. Senior Barry Bryant led four Bears in double figures with 19 points as the men improved to 17-5 overall and 9-2 in UAA.

The men’s track and field team finished fourth and the women’s squad took fifth Feb. 14 at the DePauw University Invitational. The men took fourth (56 points) out of 17 teams, while the women were fifth (69.50 points) out of 19 squads. Lindenwood University took home both team titles.

Senior Ryker Jones, the reigning UAA Athlete of the Week, won the men’s pole vault, clearing 15 feet. Senior Kammie Holt paced the women, placing first in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Holt registered a mark of 37 feet, 3 1/4 inches in the triple jump. She also recorded a season-best mark in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches.

The women’s tennis team competed in the Principia College Invitational in Elsah, Ill. No team scores were kept at the event. The Bears went a combined 28-2 in the singles and doubles tournament. In singles play, junior Kacie Cook won the No. 1 singles position with a 3-0 record, while senior Laura Greenberg posted a 3-0 mark at No. 2 singles.

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