Four Records Fall on Night Two of 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships

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Women’s 200 Free Relay

NCAA Record: 1:31.42 – Muir, Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Taylor, Bergh (Emory-2016)
2016 Champion: 1:31.42 – Muir, Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Taylor, Bergh (Emory)

The Emory team of Fiona Muir, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Megan Taylor and Marissa Bergh got right to business tonight by breaking the Division III NCAA record in 1:30.52. Their respective splits were as follows: 22.86, 22.27, 22.63 and 22.76. Sanchez-Aizcorbe is having a fast day of competition and will be competing in the 100 fly and 400 medley relay later on.

Williams took runner-up honors in 1:32.90 scoring big points for the Ephs. 50 freestyle champion Emma Waddell led off the relay in 22.73. The Denison Big Red were third in 1:33.74.

Calvin won the consolation with a great anchor leg of 22.77 from Abby VanHarn. She teamed up with Emily Gunderson, Anna Kutschke and Rachel Mattson to take ninth place overall. Wheaton (IL) was a close tenth in 1:34.40 and Bates took eleventh in 1:34.43.

St. Thomas was disqualified from the championship final.

                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Emory                               1:32.44    1:30.52   40  
     1) Muir, Fiona SO                2) Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Marcela SR 
     3) Taylor, Megan SO              4) Bergh, Marissa SR            
                 22.86        45.13 (22.27)
        1:07.76 (22.63)     1:30.52 (22.76)
  2 Williams                            1:33.44    1:32.90   34  
     1) Waddell, Emma JR              2) Smith, Delaney JR            
     3) Jackson, Olivia SR            4) Jones, Lauren SR             
                 22.73        46.36 (23.63)
        1:09.71 (23.35)     1:32.90 (23.19)
  3 Denison                             1:33.74    1:33.59   32  
     1) Nutter, Gabriella FR          2) Kane, Carolyn SR             
     3) Kirby, Casey FR               4) Kustritz, KT FR              
                 23.79        46.76 (22.97)
        1:10.25 (23.49)     1:33.59 (23.34)
  4 Kenyon                              1:34.04    1:33.80   30  
     1) Toscos, Zoe FR                2) Duncan, Laura SR             
     3) Orbach-Mandel, Hannah SO      4) Wilson, Abby SO              
                 24.12        47.81 (23.69)
        1:10.83 (23.02)     1:33.80 (22.97)
  5 MIT                                 1:33.65    1:33.83   28  
     1) Jedryka, Veronika SR          2) Staszel, Lilia FR            
     3) Chen, Jessica JR              4) Wu, Priscilla FR             
                 23.38        47.20 (23.82)
        1:10.60 (23.40)     1:33.83 (23.23)
  6 Johns Hopkins                       1:34.32    1:33.89   26  
     1) Wisniewski, Anna JR           2) Jones, Kaitlin JR            
     3) Shapiro, Alison FR            4) Petersen, Kristen FR         
                 23.96        47.23 (23.27)
        1:10.62 (23.39)     1:33.89 (23.27)
  7 Wash U. MO                          1:34.22    1:34.31   24  
     1) Collins, MariMac SR           2) Sapp, Lauren SO              
     3) Carlos, Lauren SR             4) Seidner, Mollie FR           
                 23.80        47.40 (23.60)
        1:10.72 (23.32)     1:34.31 (23.59)
 -- St. Thomas                          1:33.90         DQ  
     1) Molitor, Tiana JR             2) Paulson, Emma SR             
     3) Strauss, Katelyn SO           4) Howard, Alexandra SO         
                 24.32        46.81 (22.49)
        1:10.62 (23.81)          DQ (23.76)

Men’s 200 Free Relay

NCAA Record: 1:18.06 – Somers, Turk, Richardson, Ramsey (Kenyon – 2012)
2016 Champion: 1:19.83 – Kolleck, Hardwick, Schwartz, Smith (Emory)

The Emory men followed up the women’s record-setting performance with a victory of their own. The team of Trey Kolleck, Aaron Schwartz, Alex Hardwick and Oliver Smith. Smith blasted an 18.97 anchor leg, easily the fastest split this year in Division III. Having three swimmers under twenty seconds gave them the edge this time around. In fact, no other relay had a sub-20 split on it out of both final heats.

Johns Hopkins bettered their entry time by about seven tenths tonight to take second, while UW-Stevens Point claimed third in 1:21.05.

Senior Jesse Novak led his team to the win in the consolation final leading off in a 20.01. He joined Eric Feuerstein, Nicholas Marks and Nathan Wojtowicz for the victory. Out of the ordinary, Denison finished in tenth place and Kenyon tied with Tufts for eleventh.

Additionally, MIT was disqualified in the championship final.

                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Emory                               1:19.78    1:19.03   40  
     1) Kolleck, Trey SO              2) Schwartz, Aaron JR           
     3) Hardwick, Alex JR             4) Smith, Oliver JR             
                 20.19        40.11 (19.92)
        1:00.06 (19.95)     1:19.03 (18.97)
  2 Johns Hopkins                       1:21.75    1:21.07   34  
     1) Holder, Evan SR               2) Wilson, Mark JR              
     3) Ashmead, Mike JR              4) Wohl, Michael SO             
                 20.37        40.37 (20.00)
        1:00.80 (20.43)     1:21.07 (20.27)
  3 UW-Stevens Point                    1:21.44    1:21.25   32  
     1) Englehardt, Jack JR           2) Jekel, Sam SR                
     3) Richardson, Brandon JR        4) Donnellan, Reilly SO         
                 20.26        40.59 (20.33)
        1:01.18 (20.59)     1:21.25 (20.07)
  4 Williams                            1:21.78    1:21.58   30  
     1) Freeman, John SR              2) Lin, Ben SR                  
     3) Johnson, Grant SR             4) Maher, Curtis SO             
                 21.03        41.06 (20.03)
        1:01.19 (20.13)     1:21.58 (20.39)
  5 Pomona-Pitzer                       1:21.70    1:21.71   28  
     1) Hui, Adrian SO                2) Hallman, Mark JR             
     3) Drover, Ryan SO               4) To, Sam JR                   
                 20.62        41.04 (20.42)
        1:01.67 (20.63)     1:21.71 (20.04)
  6 TCNJ                                1:21.92    1:22.33   26  
     1) Coppola, Adam JR              2) Gajdzisz, Ryan SR            
     3) Vitabile, Scott SR            4) Nesbitt, Andrew SR           
                 20.78        41.07 (20.29)
        1:01.26 (20.19)     1:22.33 (21.07)
  7 Wash U. MO                          1:21.84    1:22.49   24  
     1) Brown, Ross JR                2) Lagieski, Michael SR         
     3) Van Patten, Chase FR          4) Morrell, Justin SR           
                 20.60        40.97 (20.37)
        1:01.67 (20.70)     1:22.49 (20.82)
 -- MIT                                 1:21.18         DQ  
     1) Bogle, Jeremy JR              2) Erickson, Dane JR            
     3) Edskes, Bouke FR              4) Tomazin, Josh JR             
                 20.54        40.63 (20.09)
        1:00.83 (20.20)          DQ (20.10)

Women’s 400 IM

NCAA Record: 4:13.14 – Caroline Wilson, Williams (2012)
2016 Champion4:20.77 – Megan Pierce, Williams

Despite being behind by about a body length for the first 300 yards, a patient Megan Pierce of Williams blasted a 58.15 freestyle split to come back and win the 400 IM by two and half seconds. This was Pierce’s second national title in a row and her third overall in this event.

Emory’s Julia Durmer gave her a good run right through the breaststroke out-splitting Pierce on the fly and breaststroke legs. Pierce and Durmer distanced themselves from the field early on. After an impressive morning swim and gutsy finals performance, Durmer has now set herself up to be the new queen of this event as the current one has fought her last 400 IM battle on the NCAA stage.

Emory teammate Ming-fen Ong took fourth in 4:23.19 and Amherst’s Bridgitte Kwong took the third spot in 4:21.77. Denison freshman Natalie Zaravella won the consolation final in 4:26.00. She was followed closely by NYU freshman Julien Zhu.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Pierce, Megan          SR Williams          4:18.21    4:15.71   20  
                 27.25        58.36 (31.11)
        1:31.25 (32.89)     2:03.49 (32.24)
        2:40.34 (36.85)     3:17.56 (37.22)
        3:47.05 (29.49)     4:15.71 (28.66)
  2 Durmer, Julia          SO Emory             4:16.37    4:18.13   17  
                 27.05        57.37 (30.32)
        1:30.76 (33.39)     2:02.92 (32.16)
        2:39.51 (36.59)     3:16.80 (37.29)
        3:47.37 (30.57)     4:18.13 (30.76)
  3 Kwong, Bridgitte       SO Amherst           4:21.80    4:21.77   16  
                 28.33      1:00.67 (32.34)
        1:33.64 (32.97)     2:05.54 (31.90)
        2:43.46 (37.92)     3:21.34 (37.88)
        3:52.46 (31.12)     4:21.77 (29.31)
  4 Ong, Ming-fen          JR Emory             4:24.10    4:23.19   15  
                 27.28        58.32 (31.04)
        1:32.92 (34.60)     2:07.74 (34.82)
        2:45.05 (37.31)     3:23.46 (38.41)
        3:54.13 (30.67)     4:23.19 (29.06)
  5 Nicklas-Morris, Emma   FR Carnegie Mellon   4:24.36    4:23.22   14  
                 27.93        59.13 (31.20)
        1:33.84 (34.71)     2:08.91 (35.07)
        2:46.77 (37.86)     3:24.87 (38.10)
        3:54.26 (29.39)     4:23.22 (28.96)
  6 Arce, Marysol          SO Kenyon            4:24.12    4:24.18   13  
                 28.23      1:00.20 (31.97)
        1:33.93 (33.73)     2:06.73 (32.80)
        2:46.24 (39.51)     3:25.36 (39.12)
        3:55.38 (30.02)     4:24.18 (28.80)
  7 Dixon, Sterling        SO Bowdoin           4:23.79    4:26.39   12  
                 28.14        59.97 (31.83)
        1:33.45 (33.48)     2:06.97 (33.52)
        2:45.78 (38.81)     3:25.13 (39.35)
        3:55.98 (30.85)     4:26.39 (30.41)
  8 Orwin, Colleen         SR Kalamazoo         4:24.58    4:33.95   11  
                 28.26      1:00.98 (32.72)
        1:37.31 (36.33)     2:12.31 (35.00)
        2:51.42 (39.11)     3:31.01 (39.59)
        4:02.64 (31.63)     4:33.95 (31.31)

Men’s 400 IM

NCAA Record: 3:46.62 – Harrison Curley, Kenyon (2015)
2016 Champion: 3:47.63 – Jackson Lindell, Denison

In Pierce-like fashion, Denison’s Jackson Lindell also defended his national title in the 400 IM. His swim of 3:47.31 gave him the win by over three seconds. Primarily a backstroker, it was Lindell’s breaststroke split of 1:04.77 that gave him the advantage of NYU’s runner-up Ian Rainey and Kenyon’s Ian Reardon/NYU’s Reid Hensen who tied for third.

The Kenyon Lords scored 49.5 points in this event, a huge swing to catch the leader, Emory who did not have any swimmers in these two finals. There is now an 11.5 point difference between the two teams; neither team has a swimmer in the 100 fly and both have two competitors in the 200 freestyle.

Drew Hamilton of Case Western Reserve took the consolation final in a best time 3:57.85. This was just enough to edge out Kenyon’s Colin Reardon who swam a 3:57.89. Reardon had the race through the 300 mark, but could not keep up with Hamilton’s 54.18 free leg.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Lindell, Jackson       SR Denison           3:52.06    3:47.31   20  
                 24.24        52.37 (28.13)
        1:21.15 (28.78)     1:49.51 (28.36)
        2:21.50 (31.99)     2:54.28 (32.78)
        3:21.77 (27.49)     3:47.31 (25.54)
  2 Rainey, Ian            JR NYU               3:52.56    3:50.65   17  
                 24.40        52.69 (28.29)
        1:22.20 (29.51)     1:51.08 (28.88)
        2:24.05 (32.97)     2:57.32 (33.27)
        3:24.45 (27.13)     3:50.65 (26.20)
  3 Reardon, Ian           SR Kenyon            3:55.09    3:52.34   15.5
                 24.87        53.06 (28.19)
        1:22.49 (29.43)     1:51.95 (29.46)
        2:24.39 (32.44)     2:57.40 (33.01)
        3:25.37 (27.97)     3:52.34 (26.97)
  3 Hensen, Reid           SO NYU               3:56.17    3:52.34   15.5
                 24.33        52.53 (28.20)
        1:22.64 (30.11)     1:51.71 (29.07)
        2:24.22 (32.51)     2:56.96 (32.74)
        3:25.58 (28.62)     3:52.34 (26.76)
  5 Bartholomew, Michael   FR Kenyon            3:56.51    3:54.81   14  
                 25.50        54.47 (28.97)
        1:23.76 (29.29)     1:52.45 (28.69)
        2:24.95 (32.50)     2:58.43 (33.48)
        3:27.04 (28.61)     3:54.81 (27.77)
  6 McCoy, Brooks          SO Kenyon            3:55.94    3:57.86   13  
                 25.51        54.66 (29.15)
        1:25.36 (30.70)     1:55.48 (30.12)
        2:29.06 (33.58)     3:03.62 (34.56)
        3:31.41 (27.79)     3:57.86 (26.45)
  7 Hedman, Matthew        SO Denison           3:57.25    3:59.08   12  
                 25.12        54.10 (28.98)
        1:24.88 (30.78)     1:55.08 (30.20)
        2:29.43 (34.35)     3:04.26 (34.83)
        3:32.46 (28.20)     3:59.08 (26.62)
  8 McKenzie, Brandon      SO MIT               3:57.83    3:59.96   11  
                 24.56        53.12 (28.56)
        1:23.81 (30.69)     1:55.34 (31.53)
        2:28.73 (33.39)     3:03.02 (34.29)
        3:32.15 (29.13)     3:59.96 (27.81)

Women’s 100 Fly

NCAA Record: 52.64 – Kirsten Nitz, Wheaton (IL) (2014)
2016 Champion: 53.56 – Kirsten Nitz, Wheaton (IL)

William’s Emma Waddell collected her second individual national championship title by winning the 100 fly in 53.48. She also won last night’s 50 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly in 2015. Her incredible speed and underwaters put her ahead of the competition off of each wall.

Washington University’s Niamh O’Grady was close on the second 50, but did not have enough initial speed to hang with Waddell. Her swim of 54.13 did earn her runner up honors. She was followed by Emory’s Megan Campbell (54.80) and NYU’s Kathy Lin (54.86).

Lin adds to a very successful freshman class for NYU so far at these NCAA Championships. Washington & Lee freshman Ali MacQueen took the consolation final in a lifetime best of 54.74.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Waddell, Emma          JR Williams            53.78      53.48   20  
                 25.06        53.48 (28.42)
  2 O'Grady, Niamh         JR Wash U. MO          54.81      54.13   17  
                 25.44        54.13 (28.69)
  3 Campbell, Megan        JR Emory               55.05      54.80   16  
                 25.65        54.80 (29.15)
  4 Lin, Kathy             FR NYU                 55.06      54.86   15  
                 25.66        54.86 (29.20)
  5 Kane, Carolyn          SR Denison             54.93      54.91   14  
                 25.90        54.91 (29.01)
  6 Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Mar  SR Emory               55.03      54.96   13  
                 26.04        54.96 (28.92)
  7 Dassow, Anne           FR Grove City          54.81      54.98   12  
                 25.96        54.98 (29.02)
  8 Brown, Abigail         SR Johns Hopkins       55.33      55.36   11  
                 25.78        55.36 (29.58)

Men’s 100 Fly

NCAA Record: 46.97 – Reed Dalton, Washington University (2015)
2016 Champion: 47.22 – Reed Dalton, Washington University

Fresh off of breaking the D-3 NCAA record in the 100 back this morning, Williams’ Ben Lin earned himself his second-career individual NCAA title. His first was in the 100 back in 2015, an event he will have another shot at later on in the weekend.

A close race the whole way through, Lin split 22.34-25.03 to hold off a charging MIT freshman Bouke Edskes in 47.41 who split 22.31-25.10. The victory certainly did not come easy as Claremont Muddscripps’ Matthew Williams was also in the mix at 47.80 (21.88-25.92). His bold strategy did not work in his favor this time around but the time was still a best by almost a full second.

Andrew Pek of Washington University and Noah Cutting of Linfield College tied for ninth in the consolation final in 48.76.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Lin, Ben               SR Williams            47.97      47.37   20  
                 22.34        47.37 (25.03)
  2 Edskes, Bouke          FR MIT                 48.26      47.41   17  
                 22.31        47.41 (25.10)
  3 Williams, Matt         SR Claremont MS        48.35      47.80   16  
                 21.88        47.80 (25.92)
  4 Tarkenton, Dallas      SR Mary Washington     48.32      48.06   15  
                 22.35        48.06 (25.71)
  5 Jekel, Sam             SR UW-Stevens Point    48.77      48.16   14  
                 22.33        48.16 (25.83)
  6 Bowen, Kingsley        SO Tufts               48.74      48.47   13  
                 22.82        48.47 (25.65)
  7 Fox, Kenny             SO Denison             48.63      48.67   12  
                 22.48        48.67 (26.19)
  8 Kozycki, Nathanial     SO Albion              48.49      48.68   11  
                 22.49        48.68 (26.19)

Women’s 200 Free

NCAA Record: 1:44.82 – Kendra Stern, Amherst (2011)
2016 Champion: 1:48.88 – Julia Wawer, Emory

The Eagles took full advantage of their three swimmers in tonight’s A final with first, second and fifth place finishes. Cindy Cheng took top honors in 1:46.82 followed by Fiona Muir in 1:47.78. Both women went out fast and had no problem securing the win as the race went on.

Kenyon duo Hannah Orbach-Mandel and Abby Wilson each raced to top finishes as Orbach-Mandel took third in 1:48.83 and Wilson touched fourth in 1:48.89. It was a great last 50 for Orbach-Mandel to give her the edge; her 27.60 split was the fastest of anyone in the field.

Kenyon’s Delaney Ambrosen cracked the 1:50 barrier tonight by racing to a 1:49.88 claiming the consolation final. Chicago’s Alison Wall also dipped under for the first time finishing next in 1:49.97. In an attempt to make a move on the final 75, Wall slightly ran out of room to catch Ambrosen.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Cheng, Cindy           JR Emory             1:48.25    1:46.82   20  
                 24.93        51.68 (26.75)
        1:18.95 (27.27)     1:46.82 (27.87)
  2 Muir, Fiona            SO Emory             1:47.73    1:47.78   17  
                 24.87        52.10 (27.23)
        1:19.75 (27.65)     1:47.78 (28.03)
  3 Orbach-Mandel, Hannah  SO Kenyon            1:49.90    1:48.83   16  
                 25.92        53.63 (27.71)
        1:21.23 (27.60)     1:48.83 (27.60)
  4 Wilson, Abby           SO Kenyon            1:48.30    1:48.89   15  
                 25.17        52.40 (27.23)
        1:20.11 (27.71)     1:48.89 (28.78)
  5 Wawer, Julia           JR Emory             1:50.34    1:49.26   14  
                 25.43        52.96 (27.53)
        1:21.43 (28.47)     1:49.26 (27.83)
  6 Zanolli, Nicole        JR Wash U. MO        1:49.32    1:49.49   13  
                 25.86        53.35 (27.49)
        1:21.04 (27.69)     1:49.49 (28.45)
  7 Jones, Lauren          SR Williams          1:49.81    1:49.90   12  
                 25.59        53.33 (27.74)
        1:21.29 (27.96)     1:49.90 (28.61)
  8 Costley, Campbell      SR Denison           1:50.40    1:51.51   11  
                 25.91        53.80 (27.89)
        1:22.53 (28.73)     1:51.51 (28.98)

Men’s 200 Free

NCAA Record: 1:36.63 – Dennis Mulvihill, Kenyon (1988)
2016 Champion1:36.87 – Thomas Thetford, Washington & Lee

After three runner-up finishes at last year’s NCAA Championships, Johns Hopkins’ Evan Holder can finally call himself an individual NCAA Champion…and the fastest 200 freestyler in D-3 history at that.

His swim of 1:36.42 was good enough to break the D-3 NCAA record set 29 years ago by Dennis Mulvihill of Kenyon. Despite being behind for the first 150, Holder was actually out three tenths faster than he was this morning, making the ultimate difference in his record-breaking swim.

Keene State’s Ryan Boraski was first to the 150, but finished third in 1:37.10. Boraski also placed third in last night’s 50 freestyle and will compete in the 100 free on Sunday. If his initial speed here is any indication of how the 100 will go, keep an eye on Boraski come Sunday night.

Taking runner-up honors this time around was Emory’s Thomas Gordon who swam to a best of 1:37.08, nearly four seconds faster than his entry time coming into the meet. Teammate Christian Baker placed seventh in this event, earning 29 combined points for the Eagles. Kenyon earned 15 points from Arthur Conover‘s fourth place finish and Robert Williams‘ eleventh place race. This extended the Eagles’ lead to 19.5 points headed into the 400 medley relay.

NYU’s Alexander Katz and Johns Hopkins’ Andy Greenhalgh touched out Williams in the consolation final swimming 1:37.72 and and 1:38.73, respectively.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Holder, Evan           SR Johns Hopkins     1:36.67    1:36.42   20  
                 22.41        46.81 (24.40)
        1:11.62 (24.81)     1:36.42 (24.80)
  2 Gordon, Thomas         SO Emory             1:38.06    1:37.08   17  
                 22.63        47.23 (24.60)
        1:12.08 (24.85)     1:37.08 (25.00)
  3 Boraski, Ryan          SR Keene St.         1:37.32    1:37.10   16  
                 21.65        46.39 (24.74)
        1:11.57 (25.18)     1:37.10 (25.53)
  4 Conover, Arthur        SR Kenyon            1:37.93    1:37.12   15  
                 22.98        47.78 (24.80)
        1:12.52 (24.74)     1:37.12 (24.60)
  5 Sarier, Karl           SO Bowdoin           1:38.49    1:37.78   14  
                 23.30        48.34 (25.04)
        1:13.48 (25.14)     1:37.78 (24.30)
  6 Dauksher, Walt         SO Denison           1:37.96    1:38.01   13  
                 23.39        48.23 (24.84)
        1:12.98 (24.75)     1:38.01 (25.03)
  7 Baker, Christian       SR Emory             1:38.16    1:38.58   12  
                 23.18        48.29 (25.11)
        1:13.43 (25.14)     1:38.58 (25.15)
  8 Wohl, Michael          SO Johns Hopkins     1:38.34    1:42.03   11  
                 23.15        48.81 (25.66)
        1:15.30 (26.49)     1:42.03 (26.73)

Men’s One-Meter Diving

NCAA Record: 557.90 – Gabe Korteum, St. Olaf (2002)
2016 Champion: 555.35 – Ben Lewis, Denison

Denison senior Max Levy carried on the Big Red tradition of diving excellence tonight by claiming the one-meter title with 553.45 points. His final dive was awarded 72.00 points, the highest-scoring dive of the night and secured him the victory.

Teammate Brian Allen placed thirteenth for Denison with 427.50 points, putting the Big Red back into the top three in the team scores. They now sit third with 167 points.

SUNY Geneseo junior Samuel Randall took runner-up honors with 511.50 points and NYU’s Connor Brission took third with 502.60.

Albion divers Jake Burris and Henry Swett finished ninth and eleventh, bumping their team into tenth place. They scored 455.05 and 428.95 points, respectively. Both men are sophomores and could make their mark as All-Americans next season.

  1 Levy, Max              SR Denison            546.70     553.45   20  
  2 Randall, Samuel        JR SUNY Geneseo       465.35     511.50   17  
  3 Brission, Connor       SO NYU                478.75     502.60   16  
  4 Carlson, Arron         SR SUNY Fredonia      485.25     492.90   15  
  5 Morris, John           SR Rowan              459.75     475.60   14  
  6 Hoyt, Sam              JR Union              469.15     474.95   13  
  7 Rohrer, Matthew        SR Tufts              464.05     473.25   12  
  8 Bamforth, Gabe         SO Carnegie Mellon    467.95     414.95   11

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

NCAA Record: 3:40.13 – Oberholzer, Kaestner, Saiz, Towsend (Kenyon, 2013)
2016 Champion3:42.76 – Cheng, Kowalsky, Sanchez – Aizcorbe, Bergh (Emory)

Emory’s team of Cindy Cheng, Annelise Kowalsky, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Fiona Muir broke the NCAA D-3 record in this event.

Cheng started off with a 54.24 leadoff  giving Kowalsky about a half second advantage over Williams’ Caroline White. The breaststroke splits between these two team were nearly identical, but nobody in the field could out-split Emma Waddell in the fly at 53.15. But Muir was too much for Lauren Jones to handle as she split an incredible 49.05 to bring it home for the Eagles.

Williams’ final time was nearly under the previous record mark as well, but the Ephs came up just short in the end. Kenyon was third in 3:43.47 including a great 49.77 anchor leg from Orbach-Mandel.

Once again, NYU was disqualified in the championship final. This is the team’s third in two days.

                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Emory                               3:41.97    3:39.57   40  
     1) Cheng, Cindy JR               2) Kowalsky, Annelise SR        
     3) Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Marcela SR  4) Muir, Fiona SO               
                 26.08        54.24 (54.24)
        1:22.66 (28.42)   1:56.17 (1:01.93)
        2:21.23 (25.06)     2:50.52 (54.35)
        3:13.53 (23.01)     3:39.57 (49.05)
  2 Williams                            3:42.17    3:40.57   34  
     1) Jackson, Olivia SR            2) White, Caroline FR           
     3) Waddell, Emma JR              4) Jones, Lauren SR             
                 26.81        54.98 (54.98)
        1:23.81 (28.83)   1:56.98 (1:02.00)
        2:21.54 (24.56)     2:50.13 (53.15)
        3:14.44 (24.31)     3:40.57 (50.44)
  3 Kenyon                              3:46.31    3:43.47   32  
     1) Otazu, Summer FR              2) Wilson, Julia JR             
     3) Desai, Kanchi JR              4) Orbach-Mandel, Hannah SO     
                 26.63        55.69 (55.69)
        1:24.56 (28.87)   1:57.95 (1:02.26)
        2:23.65 (25.70)     2:53.70 (55.75)
        3:17.33 (23.63)     3:43.47 (49.77)
  4 W & L                               3:45.25    3:44.72   30  
     1) Rollo, Emily SR               2) Hageboeck, Emily FR          
     3) MacQueen, Ali FR              4) Chancey, Elle SO             
                 26.72        55.65 (55.65)
        1:25.70 (30.05)   1:59.62 (1:03.97)
        2:24.85 (25.23)     2:54.11 (54.49)
        3:18.15 (24.04)     3:44.72 (50.61)
  5 Denison                             3:44.52    3:45.12   28  
     1) Kirby, Casey FR               2) Kustritz, KT FR              
     3) Le, Angela FR                 4) Kane, Carolyn SR             
                 27.19        57.04 (57.04)
        1:25.79 (28.75)   1:58.98 (1:01.94)
        2:24.59 (25.61)     2:54.47 (55.49)
        3:18.44 (23.97)     3:45.12 (50.65)
  6 Conn College                        3:45.44    3:47.07   26  
     1) Fergus, Danielle SO           2) Erb, Mary FR                 
     3) Peterson, Anna SR             4) Haskell, Olivia SO           
                 27.62        57.00 (57.00)
        1:25.84 (28.84)   1:59.71 (1:02.71)
        2:25.67 (25.96)     2:56.59 (56.88)
        3:20.10 (23.51)     3:47.07 (50.48)
  7 Amherst                             3:46.39    3:47.08   24  
     1) Moriarty, Stephanie JR        2) Shu, Ingrid FR               
     3) Lam, Geralyn JR               4) Rumpelt, Natalie FR          
                 27.08        56.62 (56.62)
        1:26.06 (29.44)   1:59.35 (1:02.73)
        2:24.86 (25.51)     2:55.33 (55.98)
        3:20.40 (25.07)     3:47.08 (51.75)
 -- NYU                                 3:45.22         DQ  
     1) Li, May SO                    2) Gibbs, Elise SR              
     3) Lin, Kathy FR                 4) Leung, Noel SO               
                 27.16        57.20 (57.20)
        1:26.09 (28.89)   2:00.20 (1:03.00)
        2:25.55 (25.35)     2:54.65 (54.45)
        3:18.45 (23.80)          DQ (50.27)

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

NCAA Record: 3:12.96 – Ono, Wilson, Cooper, Kolleck (Emory, 2017)
2016 Champion3:15.20 – Anderson, Manz, Josephson, Duronio (Kenyon)

Once again, the dream team of Sage Ono, Andrew Wilson, Christian Baker and Oliver Smith came together to break the D-3 NCAA record in the 400 medley relay.

Of course, Wilson had the split of the night with a 50.27 breaststroke leg. That’s nearly what some teams had as their fly leg let alone breaststroke. But another notable split on this relay is Oliver Smith’s 43.33. Smith has always struggled at the 100 distance compared to his 50; he has only been 44.34 compared to his 19.55 sprint.

Ben Lin was just off his 100 back split from this morning, and recent NCAA Champion and record holder Evan Holder split a great 53.05 breaststroke leg for Johns Hopkins who took third.

 Event 20  Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
    School                              Prelims     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
                            === Championship Final === 
  1 Emory                               3:12.96    3:10.51   40  
     1) Ono, Sage FR                  2) Wilson, Andrew SR            
     3) Baker, Christian SR           4) Smith, Oliver JR             
                 22.94        48.07 (48.07)
        1:11.24 (23.17)     1:38.34 (50.27)
        2:00.51 (22.17)     2:27.18 (48.84)
        2:47.39 (20.21)     3:10.51 (43.33)
  2 Williams                            3:16.26    3:15.72   34  
     1) Lin, Ben SR                   2) Melnick, Jack SO             
     3) Kostolansky, Timothy JR       4) Johnson, Grant SR            
                 22.73        46.94 (46.94)
        1:12.94 (26.00)     1:42.78 (55.84)
        2:04.64 (21.86)     2:30.58 (47.80)
        2:52.02 (21.44)     3:15.72 (45.14)
  3 Johns Hopkins                       3:18.30    3:16.04   32  
     1) Kuyl, Emile SO                2) Holder, Evan SR              
     3) Wilson, Mark JR               4) Wohl, Michael SO             
                 23.68        49.49 (49.49)
        1:14.04 (24.55)     1:42.54 (53.05)
        2:04.60 (22.06)     2:30.88 (48.34)
        2:52.10 (21.22)     3:16.04 (45.16)
  4 Kenyon                              3:16.26    3:16.30   30  
     1) Baturka, Ben FR               2) Manz, Trevor SR              
     3) Zimdars, Jonathon SO          4) Carpenter, Weston SO         
                 24.02        49.13 (49.13)
        1:14.16 (25.03)     1:43.44 (54.31)
        2:05.72 (22.28)     2:31.70 (48.26)
        2:52.65 (20.95)     3:16.30 (44.60)
  5 Wash U. MO                          3:16.77    3:16.62   28  
     1) Wilson, Peyton FR             2) Lagieski, Michael SR         
     3) Pek, Andrew SO                4) Brown, Ross JR               
                 23.72        49.40 (49.40)
        1:14.41 (25.01)     1:42.74 (53.34)
        2:05.30 (22.56)     2:31.90 (49.16)
        2:52.88 (20.98)     3:16.62 (44.72)
  6 Denison                             3:17.83    3:17.15   26  
     1) Lindell, Jackson SR           2) Foster-Smith, Tiernan SO     
     3) Fox, Kenny SO                 4) Wagner, Zach JR              
                 24.46        50.18 (50.18)
        1:15.62 (25.44)     1:44.85 (54.67)
        2:06.80 (21.95)     2:33.11 (48.26)
        2:53.72 (20.61)     3:17.15 (44.04)
  7 NYU                                 3:17.54    3:17.63   24  
     1) Moody, Chad JR                2) Kou, Timothy JR              
     3) Delbuono, Joe SO              4) Katz, Alexander JR           
                 23.67        48.95 (48.95)
        1:14.25 (25.30)     1:43.36 (54.41)
        2:06.09 (22.73)     2:33.08 (49.72)
        2:54.10 (21.02)     3:17.63 (44.55)
  8 MIT                                 3:17.51    3:17.85   22  
     1) Smith, Daniel SO              2) Chiu, Justin JR              
     3) Edskes, Bouke FR              4) Bogle, Jeremy JR             
                 23.79        50.31 (50.31)
        1:15.80 (25.49)     1:45.47 (55.16)
        2:07.19 (21.72)     2:33.15 (47.68)
        2:54.54 (21.39)     3:17.85 (44.70)
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    Swimmerer

    Didn’t Oliver Smith go a 43.5 last year in a 100 relay split? Regardless, crazy fast relay. And I sense that Emory’s lead is still to go up. Another sprint relay, both Wilson breaststroke events, and 3 sprinters seeded in the A final.

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