Weekend Bear Sports

The Washington University women’s swimming and diving team finished in second place, and the men’s squad came in fourth, in the University Athletic Association Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 23. The women’s team compiled 1,284 points at the three-day meet and the men finished with 1,142 points.

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In addition to both squads placing in the top half of the conference standings for the second year in a row, Washington U. was bestowed with a handful of personal accolades. Senior diver Priya Srikanth won the three-meter diving event on Saturday with a NCAA qualifying score of 444.10. Srikanth swept the conference diving events for a second-straight year and was named the UAA Diver of the Year for the second year in a row. Washington U. diving coach Meg Dierkes was named the UAA Diving Coach of the year.

Additionally, Washington University head coach Brad Shively and assistant coach Beth Whittle garnered UAA Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year accolades. Freshman freestyle swimmer David Chao was named the UAA men’s Rookie of the Year. Emory University repeated as both the men’s and women’s conference champions.

In Saturday’s action, the Red and Green had their most success in freestyle events, with both the men’s and women’s 400-freestyle relay squads placing second with NCAA “B” cut times.

The women’s 400-free team of junior Kelly Kono, senior Meredith Nordbrock, sophomore Liz Caravati and senior Kristen Mann posted a season-best time of 3:31.96, missing the Washington U. school record by just 0.89.

Chao, junior Kevin Leckey, sophomore Dan Arteaga and sophomore Alex Beyer powered the men’s 400-free team to its second-place finish with a season-best mark of 3:06.27.

Leckey was also the runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle, with an NCAA “B” cut time of 46.28. Sophomore Dima Galkin met NCAA “B” standards with his fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:08.22.

Washington University’s next action will come at the NCAA Women’s Championships, Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15, on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.