Swimming Collects New Pool Record in Win Over Chicago

Swimming Collects New Pool Record in Win Over Chicago

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 9, 2019 –The Washington University men's and women swimming & diving teams picked up big wins over the University of Chicago on Saturday at Millstone Pool.  

The men's squad won 175-113 while the women's team collected a 160-140 victory.

The men's team started off the meet with a bang as they set a new pool record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Jerry Chen, senior Vincent Huang, freshman Barclay Dale, and senior Chase Van Patten put together a time of 1:33.33, edging out the time of 1:33.88 set in 2015. 

Freshman Mason Kelber won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:34.74 and the 500-yard freestyle at 4:36.87. Senior Simon Deshusses posted a first-place time of 58.71 in the 100-yard breaststroke, while freshman Andrei Schwartz won the 100-yard backstroke after tapping the wall at 50.96. Freshman Jonathan Ma collected the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly (52.03) as Van Patten tallied the top time of 21. 34 in the 50-yard freestyle. 

WashU collected the top time in the 200-yard freestyle relay after the team of Deshusses, senior Peyton Wilson, Van Patten and Chen finished with a time of 1:24.42.

Sophomore Nathan Katz had quite the day, collecting three first-place finishes. He won the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.49), 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.21) and 400-yard individual medley (4:05.87). 

The women opened the meet with a first place finished in the 200-yard medley relay as well. The quartet of junior Elle Pollitt, senior Stephanie Li, freshman Sandra Meszaros, and senior Mollie Seidner posted a time of 1:47.38.

Pollitt also won the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.54) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.99). She was also the lead leg in the winning 200-yard free relay, working with Seidner, freshman Noelle DiClemente, and sophomore Grace Carey to post a time of 1:36.88. 

Li also collected victories in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.99) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.09). Meszaros finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (57.92) and 200-yard butterfly (2:06.41). 

The Bears are back in action on Saturday, November 23, when they head to Bloomington, Ill., for the Illinois Wesleyan Invite.  


Women's Team


Men's Team

1:47.38 – Elle Pollitt, Stephanie Li, Sandra Meszaros, Mollie Seidner

200-yard medley relay

1:33.33 – Jerry Chen, Vincent Huang, Barclay Dale, Chase Van Patten


1000-yard freestyle

9:34.74 – Mason Kelber

1:56.54 – Elle Pollitt

200-yard freestyle



100-yard backstroke

50.96 – Andrei Schwartz

1:05.99 – Stephanie Li

100-yard breaststroke

58.71 – Simon Deshusses

2:06.41 – Sandra Meszaros

200-yard butterfly

1:52.49 – Nathan Katz


50-yard freestyle

21.34 – Chase Van Patten

52.99 – Elle Pollitt

100-yard freestyle


2:23.09 – Stephanie Li

200-yard breaststroke

2:08.21 – Nathan Katz


500-yard freestyle

4:36.87 – Mason Kelber

57.92 – Sandra Meszaros

100-yard butterfly

52.03 – Jonathan Ma


400-yard individual medley

4:05.87 – Nathan Katz

1:36.88 – Elle Pollitt, Mollie Seidner, Noelle DiClemente, Grace Carey

200-yard freestyle relay

1:24.42 – Simon Deshusses, Peyton Wilson, Chase Van Patten, Jerry Chen