Benjamin Lin Downs NCAA D3 100 Back Record (Again!); Cheng Collects Second Individual Victory

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Cindy Cheng and Benjamin Lin both collected their second individual wins of the meet with victories in the 100 back.

Women’s 100 Back

NCAA Record: 53.46 – Celia Oberholzer, Kenyon (2013)
2016 Champion54.43 – Emma Paulson, St. Thomas

It was a photo finish for Emory’s Cindy Cheng as she claimed the 100 back title by the narrowest of margins: .01 seconds. Cheng stopped the clock at a 54.41, just ahead of teammate Caroline Olson and her time of 54.42.

St. Thomas’ Emma Paulson touched third overall with a 54.54 to collect bronze and be the last swimmer beneath the 55-second mark.

Olivia Jackson of Williams took home fourth with a time of 55.25, followed by Washington and Lee’s Emily Rollo, who touched with a time of 55.53.

Rose-Hulman’s Eleanore Hong (55.76), Emory’s Claire Liu (55.88), and Bates’ Sara Daher (55.98) completed the heat.

                      === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Cheng, Cindy           JR Emory               54.89      54.41   20  
                 26.01        54.41 (28.40)
  2 Olson, Caroline        FR Emory               54.94      54.42   17  
                 26.48        54.42 (27.94)
  3 Paulson, Emma          SR St. Thomas          55.07      54.54   16  
                 26.24        54.54 (28.30)
  4 Jackson, Olivia        SR Williams            55.35      55.25   15  
                 27.07        55.25 (28.18)
  5 Rollo, Emily           SR W & L               55.75      55.53   14  
                 26.80        55.53 (28.73)
  6 Hong, Eleanore         SR Rose-Hulman         55.72      55.76   13  
                 27.08        55.76 (28.68)
  7 Liu, Claire            SR Emory               55.56      55.88   12  
                 26.76        55.88 (29.12)
  8 Daher, Sara            SR Bates               55.49      55.98   11  
                 27.43        55.98 (28.55)

Men’s 100 Back

NCAA Record: 46.93 – Ben Lin, Williams (2017)
2016 Champion47.57 – Matthew Williams, Claremont Mudd-Scripps

Benjamin Lin of Williams picked up his second individual win of the championships with another record-breaking swim. Lin took down his own NCAA record, set just one day ago, with a sizzling 46.62.

It was a battle for second as CMS’ Matthew Williams and Emory’s Sage Ono powered to the wall behind Lin, ultimately finishing just .03 seconds apart. Williams claimed the silver with a 47.90, while Ono settled for third and a 47.93.

NYU’s Chad Moody posted a fourth place finish of 4822, just ahead of Williams’ Timothy Kostolansky and his time of 48.91. Fresh on Kostolansky’s heels was Tuft’s Kingsley Bowen and his time of 48.99.

John Bauer of WPI and Emile Kuyl of John Hopkins completed the top heat with times of 49.02 and 49.64 respectively.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Lin, Ben               SR Williams            47.75      46.62   20  
                 22.17        46.62 (24.45)
  2 Williams, Matt         SR Claremont MS        48.83      47.90   17  
                 23.25        47.90 (24.65)
  3 Ono, Sage              FR Emory               48.67      47.93   16  
                 22.74        47.93 (25.19)
  4 Moody, Chad            JR NYU                 48.23      48.22   15  
                 23.31        48.22 (24.91)
  5 Kostolansky, Timothy   JR Williams            48.87      48.91   14  
                 23.50        48.91 (25.41)
  6 Bowen, Kingsley        SO Tufts               48.61      48.99   13  
                 23.76        48.99 (25.23)
  7 Bauer, Jack            SO WPI                 48.82      49.02   12  
                 23.62        49.02 (25.40)
  8 Kuyl, Emile            SO Johns Hopkins       48.65      49.64   11  
                 24.05        49.64 (25.59)
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