For the 21st consecutive season, the Emory University Men's Swimming & Diving team were crowned University Athletic Association Champions as the four-day conference meet concluded Saturday night in Chicago, IL.
The Eagles posted the largest margin of victory at the meet since 2013, claiming the 2019 team title by 393.5 points. Emory finished with 1,848 points as a team with Washington University-St. Louis placing second with 1,454.5 points.
Freshman Lucas Bumgarner highlighted the special award winners for the Eagles as he became the first Emory diver since Daniel Kolb in 2011 to take home the conference's Diver of the Year award. Bumgarner secured All-UAA finishes in both diving events including the 3-meter title on Friday, registering a school record in the process with a score of 576.15.
Head Coach Jon Howell and his staff of Cindy Fontana, John Petroff and Bob Hackett were named the Men's Coaching Staff of the Year for the third straight year and fifth time overall as the Eagles tallied 11 event championships, 20 All-UAA finishes and one UAA record.
Senior Trey Kolleck claimed the lone individual title on the night as he took first in the 100 Freestyle with a finals time of 44.70. During preliminaries, he set the new UAA standard, swimming a 44.30.
Kolleck added another relay championship to his ledger as Emory closed out the meet with a win in the 400 Freestyle Relay as he, senior Alex Kohlman, junior Sage Ono and freshman Colin LaFave netted gold with a top time of 2:59.83.
Senior Thomas Gordon collected All-UAA honors in the 1,650 Freestyle as well on Saturday, as he and NYU's Graham Chatoor registered one of the closest races of the meet. Chatoor edged out Gordon by just .07 seconds as Gordon took silver with a time of 15:24.20.