The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams will travel to the Ratner Athletics Center in Chicago, Illinois for the 2019 University Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Chicago from Wednesday, February 13th-Saturday, February 16th.
The meet will kick off on Wednesday with preliminaries of the men's one-meter dive at 1:45 p.m. ET, with the finals of the event to follow at 6:30 p.m. ET. Swimming events will begin on Thursday and run through Saturday, with preliminaries beginning at daily at 11:00 a.m. ET and finals at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The top-24 swimmers from the morning preliminaries will advance to 'A,' 'B,' and 'C' heats of the finals (of eight swimmers each) in the evening, with the top-three finishers in the finals earning All-UAA recognition. Each school has an opportunity to score with an 'A' team and a 'B' team in each relay, while for the diving, the top-eight finishers in the afternoon preliminaries will advance to the finals at night.
As is usually the case, the field at the UAA Championships features some of the top teams in the country. Competing at the meet on the men's side, in addition to the 17th-ranked Spartans, will be third-ranked Emory University, fifth-ranked Washington (Mo.) University, the seventh-ranked University of Chicago, eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University and ninth-ranked New York University. Ranked women's teams scheduled to attend the meet, in addition to the 16th-ranked Spartans, include third-ranked Emory, #4 NYU, #8 Washington (Mo.), #9 Chicago and #15 Carnegie Mellon.
Last season, the Case Western Reserve men placed sixth at the meet, while the women also finished sixth. The men's squad's best finish came in both 2002 and 2012, when the team placed third each year. The women's best finish at the UAA Championships is also third, which the team accomplished each season from 2000-03.
CWRU senior Suhan Mestha will look to build on her success at the conference championships last season, when she claimed all-UAA honors in the 50-yard freestyle with a third-place finish in a time of 23.62 (good for a NCAA 'B' cut) and also claimed All-UAA honors in the 100-yard backstroke with a third-place finish in a time of 56.09 (good for a NCAA 'B' cut). Mestha also added a third place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, along with sophomore Caitlyn VonFeldt, Inez Moore and Vanya Ruppart.
Information on admission to the event, ticket prices and more is available on the official championship website at https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/mswimdive/2018-19/uaa. Fans unable to attend can follow the action with live results at http://upload.swimcloud.com/118607/. There will also be a live video webcast of the meet at https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/mswimdive/live-video.
Results and a recap of the CWRU performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu at the end of each day of competition.