Swimming and diving wins third straight meet at Illinois Wesleyan Invite

Daniel Cohen | Contributing Reporter

The Washington University swimming and diving teams won the Illinois Wesleyan Invite on Saturday, continuing its early season successes.

On the men’s side, the No. 5 Bears earned 144 points, outpacing second-place Augustana College by 43 points. In the women’s competition, No. 6 Wash. U. tallied 177 points, beating second-place Illinois Wesleyan University by 62 points.

The Bears found success early in the meet. The day began with the diving events, and freshman Rosie Finglass placed first in the women’s 1-meter (393.35 points) and the 3-meter (401.95 points) diving events. Lydia Kang placed second in both events.

The Red and Green started off the swimming section of the meet with momentum as well. The men’s and women’s teams both won their respective events in the first race of the day, the 200-yard medley relay. The Wash. U. men recorded a time of 1:34.73 and the women recorded a time of 1:48.86.

Sophomore Kevin Hao led the Wash. U. men with first-place finishes in two individual events, the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle. He also helped lead the 200-yard freestyle relay to victory.

The Wash. U. women found similar success in their respective races, as they recorded five first-place finishes. Senior captain Mollie Seidner won the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Sandra Meszaros the 100-yard freestyle and senior Stephanie Li the 100-yard breaststroke. In the five races they did not touch the wall first, they placed second.

The Bears had been successful in the pool in their recent competitions, as the team beat the University in Chicago earlier in November in a dual meet, and Wash. U. dominated DePauw University in a dual meet near the end of October.

The team will pick back up Dec. 5, when the Wash. U. swimmers will finish off the calendar year participating in the Denison and Wheaton Invites while the divers attend the Pioneer Invitational.

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