Emory Women, Denison Men Close Out Final CSCAA Division III Rankings On Top

PHOENIX, Arizona, February 6. THE Emory University Women and Denison University Men closed out the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III rankings on top. Amherst, meanwhile, made some serious moves up the rankings.

The CSCAA DIII Poll Committee produced in-season rankings of the 20 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll was not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.

Specifically, the poll committee did not differentiate between the types of meets, or the status of a specific team in terms of rested versus unrested, when considering votes. Further, rankings were only based on performances that had taken place up to that point in the season, with an emphasis on action from the previous poll.

Swimming World was invited as a media member to participate in the polling process. Jason Marsteller served as Swimming World’s representative on these conference calls.

DIII WOMEN
THE TOP 10

1. Emory, 1
Results
L, UNC-Wilmington, 152-146
W, Birmingham-Southern, 150-93
W, Savannah A&D, 120-79
L, Georgia, 130-97
1st, Emory Diving
4th, Miami Invitational
W, Florida Southern, 195-67
L, Georgia Tech, 159-140
L, Alabama, 178-110
W, Sewanee, 137-84

Last Time Out
Emory closed out its regular season with a win against Sewanee after a pair of battles against NCAA Division I teams Georgia Tech and Alabama. Ellen Schafer did the most damage for the Eagles against Sewanee, winning the 50 free (24.56) and 100 free (54.22) as well as helping the 400-yard free relay to a win in 3:39.25.

2. Denison, 2
Results

L, Toledo, 264-150
1st, Kenyon Relays
W, Malone, 171-70
W, Cleveland State, 188-112
L, Ohio State, 251.5-48.5
L, Virginia Tech, 239-61
W, Kenyon, 164-126
3rd, Miami Invitational
L, Eastern Michigan, 181-118
W, Wittenberg, 157-73
L, Ohio, 157-143
L, Pittsburgh, 216-84
W, Grove City, 194-99
W, Ohio Wesleyan, 156-64

Last Time Out
The Big Red closed out Senior Day with a victory against Ohio Wesleyan after having to cancel a pair of meets due to the polar vortex. Molly Willingham and Taylor Johns led the way with both taking a pair of wins. Willingham topped the 100 back (57.12) and 100 free (51.94), while Johns won the 200 free (1:56.59) and 500 free (5:07.99).

3. Kenyon, 3
Results

2nd, Kenyon Relays
L, Ohio State, 191-99
L, Denison, 164-136
W, Ohio Northern, 201.5-37.5
8th, TYR Invitational
W, Grove City, 202-96
W, Case Western Reserve, 200-99
W, Gannon, 198-89
2nd, TPSC Invitational
4th, Kenyon Winter Invitational
W, Ohio Wesleyan, 135-85
W, Wittenberg, 145-84

Last Time Out
The Ladies closed out the season with back-to-back wins against Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. Against Wittenberg, nearly swept Wittenberg out of the building with 11 straight wins in the final dual meet of the year with Katie Kaestner helping the 200 medley and 200 free relays to victory as well as posting a 59.93 in the 100 fly for the win.

4. Johns Hopkins, 4
Results

W, Franklin & Marshall, 161-96
L, Loyola, 207-156
W, Marywood, 270-87
W, Saint Francis (PA), 225-106)
1st, Gettysburg Invitational
3rd, TPSC Invite
W, St. Mary’s, 172-66
W, Stevens Tech, 134-119
L, Navy, 123-137
W, Mary Washington, 162-41

Last Time Out
In the final dual meet of the season, JHU took home a victory against Mary Washington in an odd-distance meet that included the 150 back, 150 breast and various other different events. Maggie Storm wound up winning the 100 breast (1:09.12) and 150 breast (1:49.76).

5. Williams, 5
Results

W, Springfield, 200-94
W, Union, 206-86
W, Boston College, 208-92
W, Amherst, 189-104
W, Wesleyan, 216-83
W, Connecticut, 202-96
W, MIT, 197-92
W, Middlebury, 185-108

Last Time Out
At the unscored Middlebury Invitational, the Ephs put up some strong performances. Megan Pierce had a particularly strong meet, finishing with a win in the 200 free in 1:54.83 while also taking second in the 500 free in 5:00.74.

6. NYU, 7
Results

W, SUNY-Cortland, 189-101
W, Brandeis, 311-30
W, Rochester, 219-151
L, Canisius, 189.5-176.5
1st, NYU Fall Invitational
W, TCNJ, 195-84
1st, ECAC Championships
L, Wagner, 129-169
W, Springfield, 164-136
W, Vassar, 193-101

Last Time Out
The NYU Violets had a strong finish to their season with wins against Springfield and Vassar. While the swimmers certainly had a strong outing against Vassar, the divers were the most impressive with Ashlie Pankonin sweeping the one-meter and three-meter competition. NYU now has four divers qualified to regionals.

7. Washington U (MO), 6
Results

W, Saint Louis
5th, Show-Me Showdown
W, DePauw
L, Chicago
1st, Illinois Wesleyan Invite
1st, Wheaton Invite
1st, WU Invitational
W, Principia
L, Illinois State
Unscored Rhodes, Sewanee

Last Time Out
In an unscored meet against Rhodes and Sewanee, Wash U’s women took nine individual events. MariMac Collins doubled up for Wash U with wins in the 50 free (25.07) and 500 free (5:17.63) to demonstrate some range.

8. MIT, 8
Results

W, Springfield, 173-126
W, Welleseley, 164-124
W, Babson, 233-49
W, Bowdoin, 194-93
1st, MIT Invitational
W, Coast Guard, 195-83
W, Tufts, 213-80
L, Williams, 192-97
W, Amherst, 158-129

Last Time Out
MIT closed the curtains on the regular season with a win against Amherst. Christy Rogers and Lena Yang both doubled up during the meet with Rogers winning the 100 back (57.83) and 200 back (2:06.11), while Yang claimed the 50 free (24.33) and 100 free (53.49).

9. Chicago, 10
Results

W, Wheaton, 130-118
W, Washington University, 157-139
1st, Phoenix Fall Classic
1st, Chicago Invitational
L, UW-Milwaukee, 128-165
W, DePauw, 173-114
W, Illinois Tech, 241-14

Last Time Out
The Maroons turned in a strong Senior Day performance with wins against DePauw and Illinois Tech. Alison Wall had herself a strong meet with wins in the 100 back (58.73) and 200 back (2:06.53, while Ciara Hu picked up the 200 fly (2:12.14) and 200 IM (2:12.90) wins. Sofia Gross also swept the diving events.

T10. Gustavus Adolphus, 11
Results

UW-Eau Claire
2nd, Saint Mary’s Invitational
W, St. Cloud State, 242-39
W, Minnesota Mankato, 161.5-138.5
W, St. Olaf, 208-92
1st, Gustie Mini-Invitational
Jean Freeman Invitational
W, Carleton, 212-82
Luther Invitational
Grinnell Invitational
W, St. Thomas, 156-144

Last Time Out
Heading into the conference season, the Gusties had a strong meet against St. Thomas. Alissa Tinklenberg and Danielle Klunk each picked up two wins. Tinklenberg won the 100 back (58.60) and 100 free (53.18), while Klunk topped the 200 free (1:57.52) and 200 fly (2:11.11).

T10. Amherst, 16
Results

W, Union, 172-105
W, Colby, 174-106
W, Wesleyan, 109-85
W, Middlebury, 183-111
L, Williams, 189-104
L, MIT, 158-129
W, Springfield, 180.5-117.5

Last Time Out
Sabrina Lee led Amherst into the top 10 with a strong outing against Springfield. Lee helped the 200 medley relay to victory before topping the 50 back (27.82) and 100 back (59.38).

REST OF THE BEST
12. Wheaton (IL), 12
13. Stevens Tech, 9
14. Carnegie Mellon, 13
15. Ithaca, NR
16. Connecticut, NR
17. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18
18. Middlebury, NR
19. Luther, NR
20. UW-Lacrosse, 17

Also receiving votes: SUNY-Geneseo, DePauw, St. Thomas
Dropped out: Springfield (14), DePauw (15), Grove City (19), Rochester (20)

DIII MEN
THE TOP 10

1. Denison, 1
Results

W, Wabash, 198-156
2nd, Kenyon Relays
W, Malone, 166-97
L, Ohio State, 202-90
W, Cleveland State, 180-120
L, Virginia Tech, 251-49
W, Kenyon, 153.5-146.5
1st, Miami Invite
L, Eastern Michigan, 184-116
W, Wittenberg, 188-53
L, Pittsburgh, 226-74
W, Grove City, 193-104
W, Ohio Wesleyan, 159-93

Last Time Out
The top-ranked Big Red tuned up for conference championship season with a victory against Ohio Wesleyan. Spencer Fronk paced Denison with a trio of victories on Senior Day. He helped the 200 medley relay win in a 1:32.20 before topping the 100 free (45.77) and 200 free (1:42.72).

2. Kenyon, 2
Results

1st, Kenyon Relays
L, Ohio State, 186-101
L, Denison, 153.5-146.5
W, Ohio Northern, 201-33
5th , TYR Invitational
W, Grove City, 244-54
W, Case Western Reserve, 195-102
W, Gannon, 219-74
2nd, TPSC Invite
3rd, Kenyon Winter Invitational
W, Ohio Wesleyan, 143-87
W, Wittenberg, 141-91

Last Time Out
In the regular season capper against Wittenberg, the Lords demonstrated some serious depth with nine different swimmers claiming 11 total event titles. Percy Gates and Ryan Funk both started off the 200 medley relay with wins before Gates topped the 100 free (46.83) and Funk claimed the 50 free (21.14).

3. Emory, 3
Results

L, UNC Wilmington, 193-95
W, Birmingham-Southern, 135-106
W, SCAD, 99-77
L, Georgia, 137-73
4th, Miami Invitational
L, Florida Southern, 165-97
L, Georgia Tech, 193-95
L, Alabama, 196-92
W, Sewanee, 115-79

Last Time Out
After a rough stretch that included three straight losses, including a pair against NCAA Division I foes Georgia Tech and Alabama, the Eagles ended the regular season with a triumph against Sewanee. The victory against Sewanee proved to be a total team effort as nine separate Eagles claimed event titles.

4. Johns Hopkins, 4
Results

W, Franklin & Marshall, 180-77
W, Loyola, 241-123
W, Marywood, 270-93
1st, Gettysburg Invite
3rd, TPSC Invite
W, TCNJ, 160-102
W, St. Mary’s, 174-64
W, Stevens Tech, 159-95
L, Navy, 119-135
W, Mary Washington, 154-49

Last Time Out
In an odd meet against Mary Washington, where the two teams decided to turn in some 150-yard distance events, Muhammad Hudhud paced the Blue Jays with wins in the 150 fly and 150 breast. Additionally, the teams took part in a mixed 600 free relay.

5. Williams, 6
Results

W, Springfield, 194.5-104.5
W, Union, 205-88
L, Boston College, 182-118
L, Amherst, 127-115
W, Wesleyan, 240-46
W, Connecticut, 183-105
W, MIT, 159-137
W, Middlebury, 197-101

Last Time Out
Prior to heading off for its conference championship season, the Ephs took part in the unscored Middlebury Invite. Zihan Su, a freshman, had a pretty strong two-day outing with a win in the 200 IM (1:58.65) and second in the 400 IM (4:19.77).

6. MIT, 5
Results

W, Springfield, 233-61
W, Bowdoin, 215-82
W, Babson, 240-57
1st, MIT Invitational
W, Coast Guard, 203.5-74.5
W, Tufts, 190-110
L, Williams, 159-137
W, Amherst, 185-115

Last Time Out
The Engineers wrapped up Senior Day with a win against Amherst, while Thomas Norris cleaned house with three individual event titles. Norris won the 1000 free (9:48.83), 200 fly (1:53.61) and 500 free (4:48.34) as the top distance swimmer of the meet.

7. Amherst, 15
Results

W, Union, 198-101
W, Colby, 171-107
W, Wesleyan, 104-70
W, Middlebury, 183-100
W, Williams, 127-115
L, MIT, 185-115
W, Springfield, 169-117

Last Time Out
Amherst shot up the rankings into the top 10 with a strong close to the season. In a big win against Springfield. Tom Zhang helped Amherst to a win in the 200 medley relay before topping the 50 breast (26.70) and 100 breast (1:00.01) events.

8. TCNJ, 8
Results

W, Montclair State, 129-94
W, Ramapo, 156-95
W, Southern Connecticut State, 169.5-116.5
W, NYU, 168-128
L, Stevens, 133-129
1st, TCNJ Invitational
L, Johns Hopkins, 102-160
W, William Paterson, 180-109
W, Rowan, 171-121

Last Time Out
The TCNJ Lions claimed a sixth straight New Jersey Athletic Championship regular season title with a win against Rowan. TCNJ swept every single race heading into the championship season. James Shangle paced TCNJ with wins in the 200 medley relay, 100 breast (57.75), 200 breast (2:10.27) and 200 IM (1:58.36).

9. NYU, 9
Results

W, SUNY Cortland, 193-86
L, Canisius, 194-176
W, Rochester, 237-130.5
W, Brandeis, 302-54
2nd, NYU Fall Invitational
L, TCNJ, 168-128
2nd, ECAC Championships
W, Springfield, 187.5-76.5
W, US Merchant Marine, 174-126
W, Vassar, 186-103

Last Time Out
NYU closed out the regular season with a particularly strong outing by Jerry Crowley against Vassar. Crowley set himself up for a strong championship season with a win in the 1000 free (10:37.25) and 200 IM (2:04.54) and helped the 400 medley relay to victory as well.

10. St. Olaf, 10
Results

Northfield Colleges Quad Classic
W, Gustavus Adolphus
Jean Freeman Invitational
Ed Kennedy Classic
Macalester
Augsburg
Meet of Saints
W, Carleton, 196-95

Last Time Out
Michael Gratz and Nick Wilkerson set Thorpe Pool records at Carleton during a dual meet win in Northfield, Minnesota. Gratz clocked a 46.46 in the 100 free, while Wilkerson won the 200 breast in 2:08.50.

REST OF THE BEST
T11. Stevens Tech, 7
T11. Chicago, T12
13. Washington U (MO), 14
14. DePauw, 11
15. Carnegie Mellon, T12
16. Keene State, 17
17. Connecticut, 16
18. Ithaca, NR
19. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 19
20. Calvin, 20

Also receiving votes: Ohio Northern
Dropped out: Gettysburg (18)

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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