Sophomore Lucas Bumgarner and freshman Nicholas Goudie highlighted the Emory University men's swimming and diving team Thursday night as action began for the men at the UAA Championships in Chicago, IL.
Bumgarner and Goudie captured the first event championships of the meet for the Eagles as Emory got off to a 36-point lead through one day of competition. In addition to the two event titles, the Eagles earned five All-UAA finishes as the team finished the evening with 493 points. New York University sits in second with 457 points while host Chicago is in third with 452 points.
Bumgarner opened the finals session with a stellar performance in the 3-meter dive as he defended his UAA championship. After setting the school record with a score of 615.60 in preliminaries, Bumgarner edged out Chicago's Andrew Chen in the finals with a score of 599.10 compared to Chen's 587.75.
Goudie collected Emory's second win of the night in the 50 Freestyle as he tied Chicago's Jonathan Mendley as both swimmers touched at 20.42. The tie marked the first-ever in the event at the UAA Championships as well as Emory's fourth straight win in the event.
The Eagles were denied two more conference titles on the evening with a pair of races ending in dramatic fashion. First, sophomore Pat Pema was overtaken by NYU's Graham Chatoor during the final 25 yards of the 500 Freestyle. Both swimmers clocked in ahead of the 18-year-old UAA record, but it was Chatoor winning by .63 seconds at 4:24.34 over Pema's time of 4:24.97. In the 400 Medley Relay, Goudie was out-touched right at the wall as Chicago's Arthur Kiselnikov was able to give the Maroons the win by .09 seconds over Goudie, senior Sage Ono and sophomores Tyler Russell and Hwa Min Sim.
Rounding out the All-UAA performances for the Emory men Thursday night was the group of Goudie, Ono, sophomore Colin LaFave and junior Chris Nicholson who took silver in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a finals time of 1:20.69.
The UAA Championships continues Friday with action in the 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, women's 3-meter diving and the 800 Freestyle Relay.