Van Cleave shines as Bears place second, fourth at UAA Championships

Dorian DeBose | Senior Sports Editor

The Washington University swimming and diving team competed in the UAA Championship this weekend. Many individual Bears swam to top finishes over the four-day competition as the men and women’s teams placed second and fourth, respectively.

Senior Kevin Van Cleave was named UAA men’s swimmer of the year. Van Cleave posted seven all-UAA finishes and placed first in the 200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. On Saturday, Van Cleave posted a 2:00:49 in the 200-meter breaststroke, his season best time and an NCAA Division III B Cut time.

Senior Brandon Lum also managed to post a top time in the championship. Lum swam the 200-meter butterfly in 1:47.71 to place first on Saturday.

Other Bears posting B Cut times were freshmen Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Grace Carey, Barclay Dale, Kevin Hao, Nathan Katz, Rick Reinhard, and Jack Smithson; sophomores Sabrina Baxamusa and Elle Pollitt; juniors Max Cardwell, Catherine Cowin, Simon Deshusses, Stephanie Li, Michael Perry, Mollie Seidner, Chase Van Patten and Peyton Wilson; and seniors Andrew Pek and Lauren Sapp.

The Bears will continue their season next weekend, Feb. 22-23, at the Midwest Invite in Chicago.

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