February 10, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2017 — A memorial service for Wen “Ariel” Xu will be held on the Drury University campus at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Clara Thompson Hall. The event will feature speakers from the Drury community who knew Xu, including friends and teammates from the swimming and diving team. University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will lead the event.
Media wanting to cover the memorial should plan to arrive early. Contact Media Relations Director Mike Brothers for more information at 873-7390.
Xu, 22, a swimmer and international student from Shanghai, China, passed away on Feb. 2 after experiencing a medical emergency during a swim team practice. She received immediate medical attention and paramedics transported Xu to Mercy Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Xu was an Advertising/PR major and was a decorated member of the women’s swimming team. She was an NCAA-II national champion in the 50 Free last year and held several records, including events in the Breech Pool, Great Lakes Valley Conference, and NCAA-II National Meets. She earned all-academic all-conference honors twice, meaning she maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA.