Memorial Service Announced for Late Drury Swimmer Wen “Ariel” Xu

Drury swimmer Wen Xu (Courtesy: Drury Athletics)

Drury Univesrity has announced plans for a memorial service for swimmer Wen “Ariel” Xu, who died during a team practice last week.

The service will be held on Tuesday, February 14th in Clara Thompson Hall at 3:30.

Xu, a native of Shanghai, China, was the defending NCAA Division II Champion in the 50 freestyle, and as part of Drury’s title-winning 200 medley and free relays.

She passed away on February 2nd after suffering what is believed to be a seizure during a team practice. Paramedics were immediately called and her teammates pulled her from the water and administered CPR and AED, but she was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital.

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Her team is certainly making her proud, they’re swimming for her this week and it’s showing. Props to all Drury team, who have been through a lot this season, which they have handled with class and focus. Rest in peace, Wen.

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