Four NCAA Cut Times Lead Tartans at UAA Championships

Four NCAA Cut Times Lead Tartans at UAA Championships

(ATLANTA, Ga.) - The University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming and Diving Championships continued on Saturday at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., as the Carnegie Mellon University women's team picked up four NCAA provisional cut times during the final swim. Final results of the championships will be available Monday after results are merged from the satellite meet at Case Western Reserve University.

THe 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Kira Singhaus (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), sophomore Felicia Wang (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley), freshman Gillian Crews (Fairfax, Va./Oakton) and freshman Amanda Kuhn (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) touched second in a provisional cut time of 1:45.95 which was just .33 seconds off the school record pace.

Crews was second in the 100-yard butterfly in a cut time of 57.19 but finished the preliminaries in a better time of 56.92. Freshman Deniesse Vankat (San Diego, Calif./Westview) swam in the finals of the butterfly as well, finishing in 57.92 with sophomore Shieri Suzuka (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) behind her in 58.14.

Senior Soleil Phan (Irvine, Calif./Beckman) finished the 400-yard IM in a cut time of 4:31.88 while senior Megan Garvey (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) was .03 seconds off her career-best time in the 200-yard freestyle as she touched in 1:55.46.

Singhaus picked up the team's fourth cut time of the evening when she finished the 100-yard backstroke in 57.50.

Freshman Kimberly Klausing (North Potomac, Md./Thomas Wootton) finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:02.51 which was ninth for the site while Kuhn finished the 50-yard freestyle in 24.39, the top time for the team this season.

In diving, freshman Machika Kaku (Irvine, Calif./University) finished fifth in the 3-meter diving event with 409.70 points with sophomore Winona Li (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) collecting 353.05 points for eighth place and junior Andie Azofeifa (Castle Rock, Colo./Douglas County) just behind her with 340.20 points.

The meet concluded with the 400-yard freestyle relay as the Tartans touched fourth in 3:32.48 behind sophomore Elissa Maercklein (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), Kuhn, freshman Lauren Zemering (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Phan.