2016 NCAA Division III Championships – Day 3 Finals Live Recap

Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 200-yard Butterfly – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:44.93 3/20/2015 Alex Anderson, Mary Washington

In a final with six new faces, it is really anyone’s game. Douglas Kogut of MIT looked like he had been shot out of a cannon. The sophomore went out quickly and had built up a body-length lead before he even hit the 100 wall. The race for second was intense with Amherst senior Jeff Anderson and Carnegie Mellon freshman Mitchell Riek just behind. Kogut began to tighten up at the end, but he had given himself just enough room to win. Kogut came through with a 1:47.28; Anderson went 1:47.60 for second and Riek was 1:47.68.

St. Thomas senior Mike Lanz led the next wave of finishers with 1:48.16. Connecticut sophomore George Tilneac was just behind in fifth with 1:48.21. CMS senior Matt Valentine, Kenyon freshman Jonathan Zimdars, and Goucher senior Morgan Richter rounded out the final.

Top 8:

  1. Douglas Kogut, MIT 1:47.28
  2. Jeff Anderson, Amherst 1:47.60
  3. Mitchell Riek, Carnegie Mellon 1:47.68
  4. Mike Lanz, St. Thomas 1:48.16
  5. George Tilneac, Conn College 1:48.21
  6. Matt Valentine, CMS 1:48.70
  7. Jonathan Zimdars, Kenyon 1:50.13
  8. Morgan Richter, Goucher 1:50.59

Women’s 200-yard Butterfly – Finals

Washington University at St. Louis senior Amanda Stadermann got the wire-to-wire win, getting out to an early lead and hanging on through all eight laps. Emory sophomore Upton pushed hard on the front half but was outsplit over the second half by Williams junior Megan Pierce, who finished second with 2:01.07. Pierce also overcame RPI sophomore Shanny Lin over the second 100; she was fourth with 2:01.55.

Top 8:

  1. Amanda Stadermann, Wash U. MO 2:00.53
  2. Megan Pierce, Williams 2:01.07
  3. Rebecca Upton, Emory 2:01.30
  4. Shanny Lin, RPI 2:01.55
  5. Julia Cunningham, Vassar 2:01.92
  6. Mariah Williamson, Kenyon 2:02.23
  7. Garza, Halli Denison 2:03.61
  8. Megan Campbell, Emory 2:06.23

Men’s 100-yard Backstroke – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 47.03 3/19/2015 Ben Lin, Williams

The upset of the night took place in the men’s 100 back when CMS junior Matt Williams took down defending champion and Division III record-holder, Williams junior Ben Lin, with a strong back half, including a huge wall at the final turn. Williams split 23.18/24.39 to Lin’s 22.55/25.34 for a 47.57 to 47.89 victory. MIT senior Bo Mattix touched third with 48.68, ahead of Tufts senior Michael Winget (48.76) and Connecticut junior Michael Fothergill (48.90).

Denison sophomore Jason Wesseling and Williams senior Alex McCarter tied for sixth with 48.97; Tufts freshman Kingsley Brown was eighth in 49.13.

Top 8:

  1. Matthew Williams, CMS 47.57
  2. Benjamin Lin, Williams 47.89
  3. Bo Mattix, MIT 48.68
  4. Michael Winget, Tufts 48.76
  5. Michael Fothergill, Conn College 48.90
  6. T6 Jason Wesseling, Denison 48.97
  7. T6 Alex McCarter, Williams 48.97
  8. Kingsley Bowen, Tufts 49.13

Women’s 100-yard Backstroke – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 53.46 3/22/2013 Celia Oberholzer, Kenyon

St. Thomas junior Emma Paulson avenged her third-place finish of 2015 and fought her way back to a 2016 national title in the 100 back over defending champion, senior Clare Slagel of Luther. Slagel led at the 50 wall but Paulson outsplit her by .4 over the back half and won 54.43 to 54.78. Williams senior Katherine Bennett, who finished fourth in this event last year, had an extraordinary back half; she was in last place at the 50 turn but passed all but the two leaders to take the bronze medal in 55.00.

Top 8:

  1. Emma Paulson, St. Thomas 54.43
  2. Clare Slagel, Luther 54.78
  3. Katherine Bennett, Williams 55.00
  4. Cindy Cheng, Emory 55.01
  5. Ellie Thompson, Emory 55.20
  6. Emily Rollo, W&L 55.44
  7. Eleanore Hong, Rose-Hulman 55.71
  8. Melissa Bischoff, Chicago 56.03

Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 51.72 3/20/2015 Andrew Wilson, Emory

For the second event in a row the back half won the race. York senior Kyle Walthall, who took fourth in this event last year, eked out the win over 2015 runner-up Wash U junior Michael Lagieski. Lagieski had the slight edge at the first 50, but Walthall brought it home and got the touch by .03, winning 53.67 to 53.70. The College of New Jersey senior James Shangle was more or less alone at third; he touched in 54.41. Calvin senior Johnson Cochran out-touched Wabash senior Zechariah Banks, 54.82 to 54.94, for fourth.

Top 8:

  1. Kyle Walthall, York 53.67
  2. Michael Lagieski, Wash U. MO 53.70
  3. James Shangle, TCNJ 54.41
  4. Johnson Cochran, Calvin 54.82
  5. Zechariah Banks, Wabash 54.94
  6. Trevor Manz, Kenyon 55.10
  7. Cooper Tollen, Emory 55.27
  8. Justin Chiu, MIT 55.46

Women’s 100-yard Breaststroke – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:00.54 2/18/2006 Lindsay Payne, Williams
  • Meet Record: 1:00.85 3/22/2013 Amy Spaay, UW Whitewater

Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman Samantha Senczyszyn was in control of the final from beginning to end and got the win by a half body length in 1:01.09. 2015 runner-up Emily Hyde of Amherst came to the wall second, just ahead of Kenyon sophomore Julia Wilson, who won the consolation final in 2015. Wilson went 1:01.95, a half-second ahead of fourth-place Emily Medeiros of Springfield.

Top 8:

  1. Samantha Senczyszyn, U W-Eau Claire 1:01.09
  2. Emily Hyde, Amherst 1:01.64
  3. Julia Wilson, Kenyon 1:01.95
  4. Emily Medeiros, Springfield 1:02.4
  5. Annelise Kowalsky, Emory 1:02.84
  6. Marissa Bednarek, Denison 1:02.93
  7. Ashley Daniels, Emory 1:02.95
  8. Caroline Conboy, William Smith 1:03.05

Men’s 1-meter Diving – Finals

  • NCAA DIII Record: 557.90 3/21/2002 Gabe Korteum, St. Olaf

Denison senior Benjamin Lewis claimed the 1-meter diving title after finishing second on the 3-meter board. Lewis racked up 555.35 points to top the field. Second place went to SUNY Fredonia’s Arron Carlson with a score of 521.75. Samuel Randall of SUNY Geneseo, who won the 3-meter competition on Day One, finished third with 519.75.

Top 8:

  1. Benjamin Lewis, Denison 555.35
  2. Arron Carlson, SUNY Fredonia 521.75
  3. Samuel Randall, SUNY Geneseo 519.75
  4. Max Levy, Denison 493.55
  5. Brian Allen, Denison 481.25
  6. Jacob Burris, Albion 463.75
  7. Matthew Rohrer, Tufts 460.90
  8. Heath Ogawa, Lake Forest 419.35

Men’s 800-yard Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA DIII Record: 6:29.27 3/22/2013, Johns Hopkins (Lordi, Kimball, Coggin, Schmidt)

The College of New Jersey went 6:43.40 to turn in the fastest 800 free relay of the morning session and establish the time to beat in finals; the Lions wound up fifth overall. Emory’s Christian Baker got things started with a 1:37.83 leadoff to put the Eagles out front by nearly a body length. After a 1:38.11 leadoff by senior Ryan Fleming, Denison pulled even with Emory with junior Jackson Lindell’s 1:37.86. Freshman Bradley Stevenson followed with 1:38.68, and senior Joe Brunk brought it home for the Big Red with 1:37.90 for a total time of 6:32.55.

Johns Hopkins, which had been nearly 2 body lengths behind Emory after the first leg, almost pulled even after the second, blew past the Eagles on the third, and nearly caught Denison to finish second with 6:32.71. Sophomore Davis Knox (1:39.57), junior Evan Holder (1:37.08), junior Andrew Greenhalgh (1:38.14), and freshman Michael Wohl (1:37.92) contributed to the Blue Jays’ runner-up finish.

Kenyon nearly caught Emory, too; third leg junior Arthur Conover took over with a 2 second deficit and pulled the Lords within a half-second of the Eagles, but junior Alexander Seaver couldn’t close the deal and Kenyon took fourth behind Emory.

Top 8:

  1. Denison 6:32.55
  2. Johns Hopkins 6:32.71
  3. Emory 6:35.36
  4. Kenyon 6:36.10
  5. TCNJ 6:37.02
  6. NYU 6:40.70
  7. WPI 6:41.26
  8. Thomas 6:41.39

Women’s 800-yard Freestyle Relay

  • NCAA DIII Record: 7:18.15 3/23/2012, Williams (Thompson, Todhunter, Geller, Wilson)

Connecticut College posted a 7:28.75 in the morning round to set the bar in the women’s 800 free relay; that time earned them eighth place overall. Top-seeded Emory won the final in the evening with the top overall time of 7:18.50 from Thompson (1:49.35), Cheng (1:49.58), Bergh (1:49.91), and Wawer (1:49.66). Williams finished second with 7:20.38 despite a superb 1:47.99 anchor from junior Lauren Jones. Kenyon was third in 7:21.14.

  1. Emory 7:18.50
  2. Williams 7:20.38
  3. Kenyon 7:21.14
  4. Denison 7:24.47
  5. Chicago 7:26.48
  6. Johns Hopkins 7:27.76
  7. Wash U. MO 7:27.86
  8. Conn College 7:28.75




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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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