2017 Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
- Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18
- CISD Natatorium, Shenandoah, Texas
- Live results
After 13 top-three team finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships, including a third in 2016, the Emory men’s swimming and diving team won its first national title in Shenandoah, Texas, on Saturday. The Eagles were buoyed by Male Swimmer of the Meet, senior Andrew Wilson, who had the Midas touch and then some. Not only did just about every event he touch turn to gold, but with Division III records to boot. Indeed, Wilson contributed individual national titles and their concomitant D3 records in the 200 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast individually, and as part of the 200 medley and 400 medley relays. Emory junior Oliver Smith added a victory in the 50 fly on Wednesday, and anchored the Eagles’ winning 200 free and 400 free relays.
It wasn’t so much that Emory significantly outscored their psych sheet seedings, as much as it was just that they did what was expected of them. The Eagles had their ups and downs throughout the weekend’s events, but as an ensemble they performed well, getting 15 swimmers and 5 relays into A finals, and 4 swimmers into B finals. They also had a bit of luck. 2016 national champions, Denison, had a difficult time hitting their prelims swims, which cost them approximately 61 points and a shot at a repeat title.
Williams had an excellent meet, moving from an anticipated ninth place to seventh in the team standings. Senior Benjamin Lin, like Wilson, won all three of his individual events (100 back, 100 fly, and 200 back). Moreover, he broke the Division III record in the 100 back, and his leadoffs helped Williams score fourth in the 200 medley relay and second in the 400 medley relay. Kenyon did better than expected in a handful of events, including double-scoring relays; the Lords passed their rivals Denison to finish second in the standings.
A handful of teams, including WPI, Chicago, Santa Cruz, NYU, Wash U, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon and Pomona-Pitzer, rose in the standings thanks to a breakout star, or a well-timed relay performance. On the other hand, MIT, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Wisconsin-Eau Claire all had not one, but two, relays disqualified, costing them dearly. Rowan, NYU, and Wisconsin-LaCrosse also suffered relay DQs.
Final Scoring Analysis
|Team||+/- Psych||Psych Sheet||Prelims||Finals|
|Johns Hopkins University||-12||307||302||295|
|New York University||35.5||208||267||243.5|
|Washington University (MO)||28||195||217||223|
|Mass Institute of Technology||-70||259||264||189|
|University of Chicago||30||72||90||102|
|The College of New Jersey||-8||109||84||101|
|University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point||-26||114||95||88|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||40||32||70||72|
|Carnegie Mellon University||22||23||43||45|
|UC Santa Cruz||24||11||37||35|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||10||16||27||26|
|University of Mary Washington||9||15||20||24|
|Union College (NY)||-10||32||24||22|
|University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire||-16||36||27||20|
|U.S. Coast Guard Academy||-7||24||18||17|
|Wheaton College (IL)||-5||19||11||14|
|Buffalo State College||-9||20||13||11|
|Case Western Reserve||5||6||14||11|
|California Institute of Technology||-4||10||4||6|
|John Carroll University||-1||6||2||5|
|Lake Forest College||2||3||6||5|
|University of St. Thomas||-12||13||2||1|
— NCAA Division III (@NCAADIII) March 19, 2017