Case Western Reserve University junior Oliver Hudgins broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke to lead the Spartan men to a sixth-place finish, while the women placed seventh, at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.
Hudgins placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:48.79. That time bests his previous school record of 1:50.00 set at last season's UAA Championships.
Hudgins helped the Spartan men score 786 points to finish sixth overall in the team standings. Emory won the meet with 1.650.5 points, while Washington (Mo.) finished second with 1,516.5 points, and New York University third with 1,269 points. On the women's side, CWRU placed seventh with 552.5 points, while Emory won the meet with 1,924.5 points. NYU claimed second with 1,468.5 points, and Chicago claimed third with 1,440 points.
The Spartan men claimed two other individual 'B' cut times on Saturday. Junior Drew Hamilton placed sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 16:03.26, while sophomore Keith Erichsen finished ninth in the event with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 16:10.99.
The men's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hamilton, Hudgins, sophomore Brody Schmidt and senior Andrew Henning added a sixth place finish in the event with a time of 3:05.44. Individually for the men, freshman Mason Beck finished 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.60 and Henning finished 16th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.49.
Top performances for the women on Saturday included the 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior Inez Moore, sophomore Lauren Homack, freshman Renee Decker and junior Jennifer Eurich finishing seventh in the event with a time of 3:37.11. Individually, freshman Sarah Taekman finished 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.90 and sophomore Casey Crowley placed 11th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:09.76.
The Spartans will now turn their attention towards the Midwest Invitational, hosted by the University of Chicago. They will travel back to Chicago from Friday, February 17th through Saturday, February 18th. Competition is set to begin Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.