Washington – St. Louis vs. Principia

ELSAH, Illinois, January 23. THE Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's swimming teams ended their regular season slate of action with a pair of victories at Principia College in Elsah, Ill., on Friday night. Both Washington University squads won eight of the 11 swimming events in Friday night's dual meet. The WU men's team won 139-77, and is now 5-0 in dual meets this season, and the women's squad won 120-85 and improves to 2-2.

Sophomore Karin Underwood and freshman Samantha Schulte each won three events against Principia, two individual races and both were members of the first-place 200-medley relay team. Underwood was first in the 100-yard butterfly, with a Washington University season-best time of 1:01.20, and the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.20).

Schulte placed first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.75) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.47). She teamed with Underwood, senior Alyssa Pagliere and freshman Erika Antisdale to win the 200-medley relay (1:59.50).

Also winning individual events for the women's team on Friday was freshman Karina Stridh, who finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:46.93) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.64), and freshman Caroline Lee, winning the 500-yard freestyle (5:42.92).

Senior Kevin Leckey, sophomore Kartik Anjur and senior Kyle Ota each placed first in the 200-medley relay and won an individual race. They teamed with freshman Nick Thornburg to win the 200-medley relay (1:39.48). Leckey also finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (53.67), Anjur won the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.13) and Ota grabbed first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.61).

Also picking up individual wins for the Bears was junior Alex Beyer, who won the 100-yard backstroke (57.58), sophomore Michael Flanagan, winning the 100-yard freestyle (49.84), freshman Ben Halperin, grabbing the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:47.88) and junior Dan Arteaga, finishing first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.18).

The Washington U. men's and women's swimming teams will return to action when they compete in the 2009 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, to be held Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 11-14, at the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center in Chicago, Ill.

Special thanks to Washington for contributing this report.

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