Emory Swimming & Diving Teams Sweep UAA Titles; Women Crowned Champions for 18th Consecutive Year

Emory Swimming & Diving Teams Sweep UAA Titles; Women Crowned Champions for 18th Consecutive Year

From Emory University Athletics

For the 18th straight year the Emory University men's and women's swimming & diving teams were crowned University Athletic Association Team Champions as the 29th Annual UAA Championships wrapped up four days of events on Saturday night at the Webster Aquatic Center in Webster, NY.

The women finished with 2,015 points, almost 700 points more than second place Washington University with 1,329.5 points. Chicago came in third at 1,319 followed by NYU (1,298), Carnegie Mellon (1,041), Rochester (673.5), Case Western Reserve (630) and Brandeis (331).

The men tallied 1,595.5 points, more than 150 points better than second place Washington with 1,444. NYU came in third with 1,305.5 followed by Chicago (1,297), Carnegie Mellon (969), Case Western Reserve (836), Rochester (689) and Brandeis (310).

It was the 24th title in the history of the women's program and the 18th championship overall for the men.

Sophomore Cindy Cheng was named the Women's Swimmer of the Year after she won individual association championships in the 200 Freestyle (1:49.59 – UAA Record) and 200 Backstroke (1:59.46 - UAA Record). Cheng was also part of the UAA Championship relay teams in the 800 Freestyle (7:28.54 – UAA Record) and 400 Freestyle (3:22.71 – UAA Record). She is the seventh straight Emory women's swimmer to win the award and 17th-person overall.

Freshman Fiona Muir was selected as the Women's Rookie of the Year after she claimed individual event championships in the 50 Freestyle (23.29 – UAA Record), 100 Freestyle (50.14 - UAA Record) and earned All-UAA honors in the 100 Butterfly (55.25). Muir was also part of four UAA Championship Relay teams in the 200 Freestyle (1:33.19 – UAA Record), 400 Medley (3:45.73), 200 Medley (1:43.79) and the 400 Freestyle (3:22.71 – UAA Record).

Head Coach Jon Howell and assistants Cindy Fontana, Chris Marshall, John Petroff andRoss Spock were named the UAA Women's Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight year and ninth time in the program's history.

On the final day of events, the women claimed another five event championships, three UAA records and 11 All-UAA honors. Sophomore Rebecca Upton started things off taking gold in the 1,650 Freestyle with a time of 16:52.71. Cheng placed first in the 200 Backstroke, touching at 1:59.46 and Muir swam a time of 50.14 to win the 100 Freestyle. Senior Elizabeth Aronoff broke her own UAA record in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:15.67 and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Muir, freshman Meg Taylor, Cheng and junior Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe closed things out, winning the event at 3:22.71 and shattering the previous UAA record.

Adding All-UAA honors for the women on Saturday were sophomore Shelby Frugé in the 1,650 Freestyle (3rd, 17:06.69), senior Ellie Thompson in the 200 Backstroke (3rd, 2:00.67), Sanchez-Aizcorbe (2nd, 51.25) and Taylor (3rd, 51.61) in the 100 Freestyle, freshman Ashley Daniels in the 200 Breaststroke (2nd, 2:18.95) and sophomore Megan Campbell in the 200 Butterfly (2nd, 2:05.00).

For the men, senior Jared Scheuer took home first place honors in the 200 Backstroke (1:49.38) for the only individual men's event championship on the night. Scheuer broke the UAA record in prelims at 1:48.99. Freshman Trey Kolleck earned All-UAA honors in the 100 Freestyle (3rd, 45.36) as did the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Kolleck, sophomore Alexander Hardwick, freshman Alex Kohlman and junior Hayes Burdette-Sappwith a time of 3:02.35 and junior Christian Baker in the 1,650 Freestyle (3rd, 15:54.16).

Emory finishes the four day championship meet with 19 event championships, 10 UAA records and 45 All-UAA certificates.