The Case Western Reserve University men's 800-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Drew Hamilton, senior Aaron Tam, sophomore Oliver Hudgins and junior Andrew Henning won the conference championship in the event to highlight the Spartans' Friday night performances at the 2016 University Athletic Association Championships in Webster, New York.
Hamilton, Tam, Hudgins and Henning won the event with a time of 6:42.65, good for an NCAA 'B' cut and a school-record time, besting the previous best mark by a Spartan relay in the event of 6:45.22, set last season. The Spartans beat out second-place Chicago by .17 seconds to win the event, and become the first Case Western Reserve men's team to win a relay event in the history of the UAA Championships.
Hudgins broke a second school record on the day, notching a 'B' cut time of 1:40.11 in the 200-yard freestyle to beat Hamilton's previous school record of 1:40.93 in the event, set last year. Hudgins finished third in the event to earn an all-UAA honor.
Hamilton added an individual all-UAA honor in the 400-yard individual medley, placing second with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:59.53.
For the women, freshman Suhan Mestha broke own school record in the 100-yard backstroke for the third time in the last two days, finishing fourth in the finals of the event with a time of 56.99 seconds, good for an NCAA 'B' cut. Senior Rebecca Pakradooni added an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, following a swim of 57.01 seconds in the preliminaries of the event.
With one day remaining at the UAA Championships, the Case Western Reserve men are in sixth place with 569 points, while the women are in seventh with 426. Emory leads both team standings, with the women totaling 1,349 points and the men 1,096.5 through three days of competition.
The 2016 UAA Championships will conclude on Saturday, with the men's one-meter dive, the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay on the slate of events for the final day.