Emory Women Break D-3 National Record in 400 Free Relay at NCAA Championships

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The 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships have finally come to a close and the Emory women have certainly left their mark.

Emory started the night with a whopping 471.5 points on the women’s side and 325 on the men’s. Both teams ended with the overall team title.

Women’s 400 Free Relay

NCAA Record: 3:21.28 – Rosenkranz, Larson, Wobler, Dobben (Emory – 2013)
2016 Champion: 3:21.37 – Muir, Sanchez-Aizcoorbe, Taylor, Bergh (Emory)

For the last time at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, the Emory women have broken an NCAA record. For the 8th time in a row now, the Emory women have won these Championships.

The team of Fiona Muir, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Caroline Olson and Marissa Bergh earned a new record time of 3:19.56, the first group to break the 3:20 barrier in D-III history.

Emma Waddell concluded an incredible meet by anchoring the Ephs’ relay with a 49.11, the fastest of any split in the field and good enough to bring them home for second place, just two tenths ahead of Kenyon. This secured their runner-up honors ahead of Kenyon in the overall team scores.

                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Emory                               3:21.90    3:19.56   40  
     1) Muir, Fiona SO                2) Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Marcela SR 
     3) Olson, Caroline FR            4) Bergh, Marissa SR            
                 23.76        49.93 (49.93)
        1:13.63 (23.70)     1:39.84 (49.91)
        2:03.56 (23.72)     2:29.56 (49.72)
        2:53.47 (23.91)     3:19.56 (50.00)
  2 Williams                            3:24.02    3:23.11   34  
     1) Smith, Delaney JR             2) Jones, Lauren SR             
     3) Jackson, Olivia SR            4) Waddell, Emma JR             
                 25.26        51.77 (51.77)
        1:15.97 (24.20)     1:42.40 (50.63)
        2:06.71 (24.31)     2:34.00 (51.60)
        2:57.41 (23.41)     3:23.11 (49.11)
  3 Kenyon                              3:23.43    3:23.37   32  
     1) Orbach-Mandel, Hannah SO      2) Ambrosen, Delaney SO         
     3) Kuvan, Sophia SO              4) Wilson, Abby SO              
                 24.50        50.72 (50.72)
        1:15.39 (24.67)     1:42.18 (51.46)
        2:06.29 (24.11)     2:33.33 (51.15)
        2:57.11 (23.78)     3:23.37 (50.04)
  4 Wash U. MO                          3:23.67    3:24.00   30  
     1) O'Grady, Niamh JR             2) Collins, MariMac SR          
     3) Zanolli, Nicole JR            4) Sapp, Lauren SO              
                 24.44        51.15 (51.15)
        1:15.32 (24.17)     1:42.00 (50.85)
        2:06.90 (24.90)     2:33.30 (51.30)
        2:57.49 (24.19)     3:24.00 (50.70)
  5 W & L                               3:25.55    3:24.96   28  
     1) MacQueen, Ali FR              2) Fuller, Cassidy JR           
     3) Holmes, Elisabeth SR          4) Chancey, Elle SO             
                 24.86        51.38 (51.38)
        1:15.71 (24.33)     1:42.53 (51.15)
        2:07.58 (25.05)     2:34.79 (52.26)
        2:58.83 (24.04)     3:24.96 (50.17)
  6 NYU                                 3:25.75    3:25.37   26  
     1) Collins, Honore FR            2) Gibbs, Elise SR              
     3) Lightstone, Serena FR         4) Leung, Noel SO               
                 24.87        51.73 (51.73)
        1:15.89 (24.16)     1:43.01 (51.28)
        2:07.20 (24.19)     2:34.45 (51.44)
        2:58.62 (24.17)     3:25.37 (50.92)
  7 Wheaton IL                          3:25.90    3:25.88   24  
     1) Barnes, Brooke SO             2) Barich-Mooday, Jennifer SR   
     3) Roberson, Kayla SR            4) Bagley, Erin SR              
                 24.55        50.74 (50.74)
        1:15.55 (24.81)     1:42.71 (51.97)
        2:07.72 (25.01)     2:34.93 (52.22)
        2:58.84 (23.91)     3:25.88 (50.95)
  8 Middlebury                          3:26.42    3:26.90   22  
     1) Burke, Morgan SR              2) Vandermeer, Frances FR       
     3) Wyer, Isabel JR               4) Andrews, Stephanie JR        
                 24.71        51.61 (51.61)
        1:16.07 (24.46)     1:43.83 (52.22)
        2:07.91 (24.08)     2:34.90 (51.07)
        2:59.81 (24.91)     3:26.90 (52.00)
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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is the assistant swim coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Keene State, as well as KSC's head site coach for Greenwood Swimming. Pimer also helped coach 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist Robert Griswold.

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