Tartans Begin Competition at UAA Championships

Tartans Begin Competition at UAA Championships

(CHICAGO, Ill.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's swimming and diving team began the 2019 University Athletic Association (UAA) Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Chicago. The Tartans are in fifth place after the first day of competition.

Junior Emma Nicklas-Morris (Winston-Salem, N.C. / RJ Reynolds) had the best finish of the night for the Tartans when she touched fourth in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:05.33. Her time is a NCAA provisional qualifying time and surpasses the time of selection from last season.

Other finals performances by the Tartans include a 10th-place showing by senior Cassidy Smith (Carlisle, Mass. / Concord-Carlisle Regional) in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.08 and a 10th-place finish by freshman Kierstyn Cassidy (Waynesville, Ohio / Waynesville) in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:04.88. Both times were season bests for the swimmers.

Both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay placed sixth while sophomore diver Lillie Widmayer (Old Bridge N.J. / West Windsor Plainsboro) earned 427.45 points on the 3-meter diving board to place sixth.

The meet continues on Friday with seven events being scored.