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Women Dominate, Men Stumble at Washington University Invitational

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          Release: 01/14/2012
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CLAYTON, MO - The Saint Louis swimming and diving teams left the Washington University Invitational with one tournament win and multiple individual victories. The women won their side of the field, while then men walked away in fifth.

The meet started on a high note, with the Billikens winning both of the 200-yard medley relays. The women's team came in at 1:52.06, while the men touched at 1:35.69. 

The women returned with senior Taylor Streid winning the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:10.67, five seconds faster than the competition.

Senior Brian Brasser won the 100-yard breaststroke for the men. He came in a 58.16.

Lizzy Ostermann continued to succeed as a sophomore, winning the 200-yard butterfly at 2:12.07.

The women won their second relay of the meet in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:56.97. 

Then the Billiken women extended their lead on the diving boards. The diving duo of Courtney Lagestee and Christiana Eltiste finished first and second, respectively, on the one-meter board. Lagestee's score of 411.10 is the top score on the one-meter this season. For the men, Billy Hrabovsky scored a 472.10 on the three-meter, also a season-high.

The women won their third relay event in the 400-yard medley relay, touching the wall at 4:03.46. They also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.70. 

The men broke out of their funk late, with a win in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Zack Billingsley came in at 21.46.

Streid won her second individual event of the meet with a 1:00.46 in the 100-yard backstroke. Ostermann followed suit, winning the 200-yard freestyle at 1:58.09 for her second win. 

To wrap up a sensational meet, Streid touched the wall at 59.30 in the 100-yard butterfly winning her third event of the meet. Freshman Jalynn Gieseke finished second in the event at 1:00.33.

The women remained perfect in the relay events, closing the invitational with a 3:40.39 victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Billikens will return to action next week at the IUPUI Quad meet on Jan. 20 in Indianapolis, Ind. 

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