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Brandon Lum Wins National Title as Washington University Moves into Fifth at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

Brandon Lum Wins National Title as Washington University Moves into Fifth at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

From Washington University Athletics

The Washington University in St. Louis men's swimming & diving team continued to ascend the leaderboard during day three of the NCAA Division III National Championships, moving up to fifth overall as senior Brandon Lum scored a national title for the Bears in the 200 butterfly Friday evening.

Lum swam to his second 200 butterfly national title of his career. He posted a season-best and winning time of 1:45.48 to earn All-American honors in the process. Lum is Division III's record holder in the event with a time of 1:44.56 when he previously won the event title at the 2017 national championships.

The WashU men had a strong showing in the pool as the men totaled 66 of its 174 points during day three. The men had another All-American honor individually in addition to an All-American relay and All-American honorable mention finish.

Junior Peyton Wilson earned a spot in the 100 backstroke championship finals by posting a school record time of 48.41 in the morning session. He shed time during the finals, placing sixth to earn All-American honors with a time of 48.30.

The men's 800 free relay also staked its claim to the sixth best time in the pool after entering the sixth best time of the season. The group consisted of freshman Rick Reinhard, senior Kevin Van Cleave, freshman Jack Smithson and junior Chase Van Patten. The group shed a few second's from the Bears' previous season-best time and touched the wall in 6:38.97.

Van Cleave also swam to All-America honorable mention in the 100 breaststroke. He posted a personal-best 54.45 which was good for 10th place.