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Emory Sweeps 19th Straight University Athletic Association Champs

Emory Press Release

For the 19th consecutive year, the Emory University Men's Swimming and Diving team were crowned the University Athletic Association team title as the UAA Championship Meet concluded on Saturday night at the Ratner Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Chicago.

The Eagles finished the four-day meet with 1,650.5 points, their most at the UAA Championships since 2013. Washington University finished second with 1,516.5 points followed by New York University (1,269), Chicago (1,192.5), Carnegie Mellon (1,033.5), Case Western Reserve (786), Rochester (442) and Brandeis (303).

Senior Andrew Wilson was named the UAA Swimmer of the Year for the second time in his career. Wilson took home individual event titles in the 200 IM and 100 and 200 Breaststroke, setting UAA records in all three events. Wilson added event championships in both the 200 and 400 Medley Relays, both in UAA record time, and was an All-UAA finisher in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Freshman Sage Ono became the first Eagle since Wilson to be selected as the UAA Men's Rookie of the Year. Ono captured an event title in the 100 Back, setting a UAA record in the event, and was part of the 200 and 400 Medley Relay title teams. He added a top-5 finish in the 200 Back, finishing fourth.

Head Coach Jon Howell and assistant coaches Cindy Fontana, Chris Marshall, John Petroff and Ross Spock were named as the Co-UAA Coaching Staff of the Year, sharing the honor with Washington. This marks the third time Howell and his staff have earned the award on the men's side and the first since 2007.

Wilson took home the lone Emory individual title on Saturday night, smashing his previous UAA record en route to the title, touching at 1:54.11, besting his previous UAA top marks of 1:59.08 (prelims on Saturday) and 2:00.20 (set at the 2015 meet).

In the 100 Freestyle, junior Oliver Smith (45.24) was edged by the slimmest of margins, as he was out-touched by .01 seconds by NYU's Chad Moody (45.23) to finish second in the event. Sophomore Trey Kolleck was just behind the pair, finishing third at 45.32.

The 400 Freestyle Relay group of Kolleck, Smith, Wilson and junior Alexander Hardwick closed out the night, placing second in the event. The quartet touched in a time of 3:00.57 and was just beat out by WashU who touched at a UAA record time of 2:59.93.

Over the four days of competition, the Eagles registered 10 UAA titles, set eight Association records and posted 16 All-UAA finishes.

For the 19th consecutive year and the 25th time in program history, the Emory University Women's Swimming and Diving team captured the University Athletic Association team title as the UAA Championships concluded on Saturday night at the Ratner Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Chicago.

The Eagles finished with 1,924.5 points, more than 450 points ahead of the next closest program. Rounding out the UAA team standings were New York University (1,468.5), Chicago (1,440), Carnegie Mellon (1,091), Washington (1,073), Rochester (681.5), Case Western Reserve (552.5) and Brandeis (209).

Junior Cindy Cheng was tabbed as the UAA Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year after earning event titles in the 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke (55.07 – UAA Record) and 200 Backstroke (1:58.46 – UAA Record) and was part of four relay title teams, helping to set new Association records in all four events.

Freshman Maria Turcan was selected as the UAA Rookie of the Year after taking home the event title in the 200 Butterfly and adding All-UAA honors in the 500 Freestyle, placing second. In addition, she finished seventh in the 400 IM.

Head Coach Jon Howell and assistants Cindy Fontana, Chris Marshall, John Petroff and Ross Spock were named the UAA Women's Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth straight year and ninth time in Emory women's swimming and diving history.

Sophomore Julia Durmer began the final night of events with her second UAA title of the meet, winning the 1,650 Freestyle in a time of 17:00.37. Junior Ming Ong added All-UAA honors taking home a third-place finish with a time of 17:10.94.

Cheng, sophomore Fiona Muir and senior Annelise Kowalsky continued their impressive championship meet performances as the trio all claimed their third individual event title in consecutive events. Cheng was crowned the 200 Backstroke champion for the third straight year, setting a new UAA record in the process with a time of 1:58.46. Muir won the 100 Freestyle to become a back-to-back champion, touching first in a time of 50.21. And Kowalsky won the 200 Breaststroke for the first time in her career with a time of 2:16.64.

Freshman Maria Turcan rounded out the individual performances, becoming a UAA champion in the 200 Butterfly. Turcan touched at 2:04.14, narrowly edging out teammate Megan Campbell by .03 seconds (2:04.17).

The 400 Freestyle Relay consisting of Muir, Cheng and seniors Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Marissa Bergh closed out the festivities, winning the event in a time of 3:22.32, setting an Association record in the process.

Adding All-UAA honors for the Eagles on Saturday were Bergh in the 100 Freestyle (3rd, 51.15) and sophomore Hannah Lally in the 200 Breaststroke (2:20.62).

Over three days of competition, Emory won 17 of the 18 swimming events contested while setting eight UAA records and amassing 32 All-UAA finishes.

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