Jay Sets School Record as Tartans Finish Fifth at UAA Championships

Jay Sets School Record as Tartans Finish Fifth at UAA Championships

(CHICAGO, Ill.) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's swimming and diving team finished competition at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Saturday, February 11 at the University of Chicago. An eight-year-old school record was topped as the Tartans finished fifth for the meet while Emory University took home the team title.

Senior Brian Jay (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) touched seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke in a new school record time of 2:03.86. The time bettered that set by Andrew Seo in 2009 and also provisionally qualifies Jay for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Winston Chu (Warren, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep) finished second in the B-final in a career-best and provisional qualifying time of 2:04.23.

Sophomore Mitchel Riek (Sunland, Calif./Bishop Alemany) swam to an All-UAA performance when he touched third in the 200-yard butterfly. His time of 1:49.95 surpassed last season's NCAA Championships invited time. Freshman Rip Lyster (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) picked up a provisional qualifying time in the same event when he touched sixth in 1:50.92.

Freshman Jacob Buckheit (Naples, Fla./Community School of Naples) started the final evening with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. His time of 16:00.87 was a provisional qualifying mark and nearly seven seconds better than his previous best.

The freshman duo of Sam Hawke (Malvern, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and Richard Deng (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro South) led the Tartans in the 100-yard freestyle by finishing 12th and 13th in times of 46.49 and 46.60, respectively.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hawke, Deng, senior Sivan Mehta (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) and Riek finished the meet with a fifth-place showing in 3:05.34.

In all, the Tartans set four school records during the UAA Championships with three coming in relays.