Tartans Place Fourth at UAA Championships Behind More School Record Performances

Tartans Place Fourth at UAA Championships Behind More School Record Performances

(CHICAGO, Ill.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's swimming and diving team finished competition at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on Saturday, February 11 at the University of Chicago. Two more school records were set as the Tartans surged forward on the last day to move into fourth place with Emory University winning the team title.

Junior Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) continued her great weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. She finished the finals in a time of 2:21.65 but was even better in the preliminaries when she touched in a school record and career-best time of 2:20.51. Her time also surpassed last year's invited time to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Cassidy Smith (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) joined Hochstedler in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke and finished fifth overall in a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:22.26.

Freshman Emma Nicklas-Morris (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) set her second school record of the meet when she touched in 2:04.25 to place fourth in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time also surpassed last year's NCAA invited time while junior Mary St. John (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) was sixth in the event in a provisional qualifying time of 2:05.49.

Junior Emma Shi (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) made the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke and finished sixth overall in 2:05.40. She recorded a career-best time of 2:04.85 in the preliminaries to reach the championship final. Three teammates swam in the B-final of the 200-yard backstroke with freshman Teagan Goforth (Portland, Ore./Tualatin) touching 10th overall (2:04.51), freshman Mary Day (Warren, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) 12th in 2:05.49 and sophomore Allie Caron (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons) 13th in 2:07.14. Goforth's time was a provisional qualifying mark.

Freshman Taylor Brown (San Antonio, Texas/Johnson) placed 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle when she finished the distance event in 17:47.31. Junior Miranda Ford (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) finished 15th in 18:06.95.

The 400-yard freestyle relay closed competition with a fifth-place showing as senior Shieri Suzuka (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), Nicklas-Morris, Shi and senior Allison Kirkby (West Chester, Pa./Conestoga) touched in 3:30.65.