2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships: Emory Squares Up for Team Titles

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Emory set themselves up for the championship title with top seeds in three of the six individual events this morning. Senior Andrew Wilson squared up for a run at his own national record in the 200 breast, while UW-Eau Claire’s Samantha Senczyszyn topped the women’s field for a run at a breaststroke sweep.

You can find our individual pre-meet predictions for the women’s meet here and the men’s predictions are available as well. Stay updated throughout the meet via our 2016-17 Division III Landing Page and live results.

Women’s 100 Free

NCAA Record: 48.98 – Kendra Stern, Amherst (2010)

Top 8: 50.97

Top 16: 51.31

Emory’s Fiona Muir dashed to the top seed in the women’s 100 free, being one of two athletes under the 50-second mark. Muir stopped the clock at a 49.93, followed closely by Wiliams’ Emma Waddell and her time of 49.99.

Abby  VanHarn of Calvin picked up the third place seed with a 50.19, followed by Trinity’s Lindsay Hagmann’s 50.32.

Careleton’s Caroline Mather took fifth with a 50.74, just ahead of a tie between Pomona-Pitzer’s Madison Kauai and Emory’s Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe. The two delivered matching times of 50.77.

Marissa Bergh of Emory qualified eighth overall with a 50.82.

Men’s 100 Free

NCAA Record: 43.16 – Zachary Turk, Kenyon (2012)

Top 8: 44.80

Top 16: 45.17

Oliver Smith of Emory put himself in range of the NCAA record with a 43.54 in prelims of the men’s 100 free. Smith’s time sits a shy .38 seconds away from the 2012 record of 43.16.

Rowan’s Jesse Novak and Keene State’s Ryan Boraski held a tight race for the second and third place seeds, finishing a slim .05 seconds apart. Novak touched with a 43.60 for the second place seed, just ahead of Boraski’s 43.65.

Zachary Wagner of Denison turned in a 44.21 for the fourth place seed, while Loras’ Isaac Casey was fifth overall with a 44.40.

Buffalo State’s Connor Merger (44.55), UC Santa Cruz’ Ivan Garin (44.72), and Chicago’s Alexander Farrell (44.77) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.

Women’s 200 Back

NCAA Record: 1:56.23 – Brittany Sasser, Amherst (2008)

Top 8: 2:00.37

Top 16: 2:02.88

Olivia Jackson of Williams uncorked a prelims swim of 1:56.43 in prelims of the women’s 200 back. Jackson slashed 2.01 seconds off her entry time of 1:58.44, setting herself up for a solid run at the title.

St. Thomas’ Emma Paulson turned in a 1:59.22 for the second place seed, followed by Bates’ Sara Daher and her 1:59.62.

Christina Belforti of Union touched fourth overall in prelims with a 1:59.78, while top-seed Cindy Cheng of Emory posted a 1:59.95 for fifth.

Kenyon’s Delaney Ambrosen (2:00.52), Rose-Hulman’s Eleanore Hong (2:00.61), and Wash U’s Nicole Zanolli (2:00.70) completed the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 200 Back

NCAA Record: 1:43.49 – Harrison Curley, Kenyon (2015)

Top 8: 1:47.84

Top 16: 1:49.17

It was a tight field in the men’s 200 back led by MIT’s Gabriel Schneider and his top qualifying time of 1:46.16.

Recent NCAA record holder Benjamin Lin of Williams posted a second place seed of 1:46.22, followed by close qualifying times of 1:46.58 and 1:46.60 between Denison’s Jackson Lindell and Claremont’s Matthew Williams.

Matthew Rogers of Emory turned in a fifth place qualifying time of 1:46.70, while Tufts’ Kingsley Bowen took sixth with a 1:46.96.

NYU’s Carlos Colmenares and Denison’s Jason Wesseling qualified seventh and eighth respectively with times of 1:47.02 and 1:47.15.

Women’s 200 Breast

NCAA Record: 2:12.20 – Samantha Senczyszyn, UW-Eau Claire (2016)

Top 8: 2:18.26

Top 16: 2:20.65

UW-Eau Claire’s Sam Senczyszyn set herself up for a sweep of the breast events with a top seed in the women’s 200 breast. Senczyszyn posted a 2:14.17, scraping .05 seconds off her seed time of 2:14.22.

Julia Wilson of Kenyon picked up the second place seed with a 2:15.53, followed closely by Williams’ Caroline White and her 2:!5.66.

Emory senior Annelise Kowalsky turned in a 2:16.01 for the fourth place seed, while Conn College’s Mary Erb was fifth with a 2:16.55.

Emory’s Ashley Daniels (2:17.20), Johns Hopkins’ Kaitlin Jones (2:17.47), and Denison’s KT Kustritz’s (2:17.61) were sixth through eighth.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Senczyszyn, Sam        SO UW-Eau Claire     2:14.22    2:14.17  
                 29.69      1:02.98 (33.29)
        1:38.04 (35.06)     2:14.17 (36.13)
  2 Wilson, Julia          JR Kenyon            2:16.17    2:15.53  
                 30.59      1:05.60 (35.01)
        1:39.34 (33.74)     2:15.53 (36.19)
  3 White, Caroline        FR Williams          2:14.53    2:15.66  
                 29.91      1:03.51 (33.60)
        1:39.26 (35.75)     2:15.66 (36.40)
  4 Kowalsky, Annelise     SR Emory             2:16.64    2:16.01  
                 30.75      1:05.59 (34.84)
        1:40.29 (34.70)     2:16.01 (35.72)
  5 Erb, Mary              FR Conn College      2:18.73    2:16.55  
                 30.79      1:05.39 (34.60)
        1:40.29 (34.90)     2:16.55 (36.26)
  6 Daniels, Ashley        SO Emory             2:16.76    2:17.20  
                 30.72      1:05.35 (34.63)
        1:41.21 (35.86)     2:17.20 (35.99)
  7 Jones, Kaitlin         JR Johns Hopkins     2:19.88    2:17.47  
                 30.94      1:05.54 (34.60)
        1:40.99 (35.45)     2:17.47 (36.48)
  8 Kustritz, KT           FR Denison           2:15.90    2:17.61  
                 30.46      1:05.77 (35.31)
        1:41.96 (36.19)     2:17.61 (35.65)

Men’s 200 Breast

NCAA Record: 1:52.97 – Andrew Wilson, Emory (2015)

Top 8: 2:01.28

Top 16: 2:02.91

The king of breaststroke, Emory’s Andrew Wilson, cruised to the top seed in the men’s 200 with a 1:55.99. Wilson, who owns the national record, could easily challenge his own record in finals tonight.

Kenyon’s Ian Reardon maintained his spot as the second place seed with a 1:57.83, while teammate Trevor Manz qualified third with a 1:59.23.

Tanner Sonnek of Gustavus posted a 1:59.77 to qualify fourth, followed by Wash U’s Michael Lagieski and his time of 1:59.78.

NYU’s Timothy Kou (2:00.02), DePauw’s Samuel McManus (2:00.40), and Chicago’s Reona Yamaguchi (2:00.76) completed the top heat.

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