Mestha & Women’s 200 Free Relay Notch NCAA ‘B’ Cuts on Second Day of UAA Championships

Mestha & Women’s 200 Free Relay Notch NCAA ‘B’ Cuts on Second Day of UAA Championships

Case Western Reserve University senior Suhan Mestha placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA 'B' cut time and the women's 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fifth with a new school record and NCAA 'B' cut time to highlight the second day of competition at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships on Thursday, hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Mestha placed fourth in the 'A' final of the women's 50-yard freestyle with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 23.65. Freshman Daniella Rupert added a 20th place finish in the event with a time of 24.44.

Mestha and Rupert also teamed with senior Renee Decker and junior Julia Ver Voort in the 200-yard freestyle relay to finish fifth with a new school-record and NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:35.37. That time bests the previous school record of 1:35.88 set at the 2018 Wooster Invitational. The women's 400-yard medley relay team of Mestha, senior Alli Drohosky, sophomore Caitlyn VonFeldt and freshman Anna Smith also set a new school record, as they finished fifth in the event with a time of 3:51.72. That time best the previous school record of 3:52.14 set at the 2018 Wooster Invite.

Individually for the women, Ver Voort added a 16th place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.64, while freshman Sarah Krueger placed 21st in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:11.85.

For the men, freshmen Neil Wible, Alec Johnson, Ryan Gilbert and Calvin Tecson teamed together in the 200-yard freestyle relay to place sixth in the event with a time of 1:24.55. Tecson also teamed with sophomores Will McDonald, Jonathan Liu and Kyle Barclay to place seventh in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:28.36.

Individually, Tecson placed 18th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.01 and sophomore Sean Twomey added a 23rd place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:55.28.

In addition, sophomore Cassiel Yuzik competed in the men's one-meter dive on Wednesday and placed eighth in the event with a score 364.75.

After two days of competition for the men, the Spartans sat in sixth place in the team standings. The Case Western Reserve University women were sixth after one day of action at the conference championships.

Action at the UAA Championships will resume on Friday, with preliminaries scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET and finals beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Events to be contested during the third day of the championships included the men's three-meter dive, the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay.