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Byrne Litschgi Claims Fourth National Championship in UChicago Swimming and Diving History

Byrne Litschgi Claims Fourth National Championship in UChicago Swimming and Diving History

From University of Chicago Athletics

For just the fourth time in school history, the University of Chicago swimming and diving team claimed a national championship with men's junior Byrne Litschgi's thrilling victory in the 200-yard backstroke to cap the final day of the NCAA Division III national championships Saturday.

Litschgi, who swum the fastest time in the day's morning prelims, won the event finals with a school-record time of 1:44.04 to win UChicago's third individual crown, joining Kris Alden (100 breakstroke, 1987) and Abby Erdmann (200 butterfly, 2014). It was also the first national title for the Maroons since 2015, when the men's 400 freestyle relay team of Mantim Lee, Thomas Meek, Jeremy Estes and Matthew Veldman earned the championship.

One race later, classmate Lance Culjat came just .43 seconds away from earning one more title, as he became UChicago's second national runner-up of 2019 by taking second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:57.77.

Sophomore Keda Song also claimed Honorable Mention All-American nods in the men's 200 backstroke, finishing 14th (1:48.86).