2017 NCAA Division III Women: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • March 15-18, 2017
  • CISD Natatorium, Shenandoah, Texas
  • Prelims 10 AM, Finals 6 PM – U.S. Central Time Zone (GMT -6 currently)
  • Event schedule
  • Real-time results – diving
  • Real-time results – swimming
  • Video link (expected to be available when meet starts)
  • Championship Central


Women’s 500-yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 4:43.37 3/23/11 Kendra Stern, Amherst

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Campbell Costley, SR Denison, 4:51.50
  2. Meg Stanley, SR Ill Wesleyan, 4:52.31
  3. Hannah Orbach-Mandel, SO Kenyon, 4:52.37
  4. Marysol Arce, SO Kenyon, 4:53.19
  5. Lauren Jones, SR Williams, 4:53.41
  6. Nicole Zanolli, JR Wash U. MO, 4:53.85
  7. Angela Newlon, SR DePauw, 4:56.49
  8. Dana Lautenschleger, JR Mount Union, 4:56.88

Sophia Kuvan of Kenyon kicked off the 2017 Champoinships with a 5.3-second improvement to win heat 1 of women’s 500s with 5:01.50. Delaney Ambrosen, also of Kenyon, won the following heat over NYU’s Haley Wen, 4:56.94 to 4:57.62.

Wash U junior Nicole Zanolli blasted a 4:53.85 to win the first circle-seeded heat over Emory’s Maria Turcan (4:57.41). Denison senior Campbell Costley dropped just over a second to win the penultimate heat with 4:51.50. Kenyon sophomore Hannah Orbach-Mandel was 4:52.37 for second, an improvement of 2.3 seconds; third went to DePauw senior Angela Newlon (4:56.49).

Illinois Wesleyan senior Meg Stanley took the final heat with 4:53.19, just edging Marysol Arce of Kenyon (4:53.41) and Lauren Jones of Williams (4:53.41).

Women’s 200-yard Individual Medley – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 1:58.81 3/20/13 Caroline Wilson, Williams

Top 8 qualifiers

  • Honore Collins, FR NYU 2:01.42
  • Annelise Kowalsky, SR Emory 2:01.94
  • Julia Wilson, JR Kenyon 2:02.25
  • Olivia Jackson, SR Williams 2:02.34
  • Sara Daher, SR Bates 2:02.93
  • Julia Durmer, SO Emory 2:03.16
  • Grace Ayer, SR Ithaca 2:03.85
  • Emma Nicklas-Morris, FR Carnegie Mellon 2:04.04

Bowdoin freshman Marshall Lowery dropped nearly 6 seconds to win the opening heat in 2:09.63. Johns Hopkins junior Gwyneth Lamastra went 2.1 better than her seed time to win the next heat with 2:07.33. MIT freshman Katharine Pan also dropped 2.1, winning heat 3 in 2:06.21. Kalamazoo senior Colleen Orwin nearly matched her seed time as she won heat 4 in 2:05.98.

Bates senior Sara Daher claimed the first circle-seeded heat in 2:02.93, a tick better than her seed time. Ithaca senior Grace Ayer was second (2:03.85), just ahead of Bowdoin sophomore Sterling Dixon (2:04.93).

NY freshman Honore Collins popped a speedy 2:01.42, bettering her entry time by 1.5 seconds, to lead the field in the penultimate heat. She was followed by Emory sophomore Julia Durmer (2:03.16) and Carnegie Mellon freshman Emma Nicklas-Morris (2:04.04).

Emory senior Annelise Kowalsky won the final heat with 2:01.94, followed by Kenyon junior Julia Wilson (2:02.25, a 3.5-second improvement), and Williams senior Olivia Jackson (2:02.34, a 2.5-second drop).

There was a swim-off for 16th place between Williams freshman Caroline White and Denison junior Halli Garza, both of whom stopped the clock in 2:05.45. White just out-touched Garza, 2:05.28 to 2:05.53, the second time around.

In a tough break for Denison, Katherine Kustritz was disqualified in her heat.

Women’s 50-yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 22.66 2/14/13 Kirsten Nitz, Wheaton (IL)
  • Meet Record: 22.71 3/18/09 Elizabeth Carlton, Kenyon

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Fiona Muir, SO Emory 22.77
  2. Emma Waddell, JR Williams 22.84
  3. Emma Paulson, SR St. Thomas 22.97
  4. Abby VanHarn, JR Calvin 23.15
  5. Marissa Bergh, SR Emory 2321
  6. Erin Bagley, SR Wheaton (IL) 23.24
  7. Carolyn Kane, SR Denison 23.34
  8. Tai Hallstein, SR Whitman 23.38

Amherst junior Stephanie Moriarty sliced 1.2 seconds off her seed time to win heat 1 of the women’s 50 free with 24.16. Emory junior Julia Wawer also dropped 1.2, winning the following heat in 23.44 and earning a spot in the B final. Williams sophomore Maia Hare claimed heat 3 in 23.82. MIT senior Veronika Jedryka led a very fast heat 4, touching in 23.39 (-6/10) ahead of Emory senior Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe (23.52, -3/10). Emory senior Marissa Bergh won the final heat before the circle seeds in 23.21, a half-second improvement from her seed time.

Wheaton senior Erin Bagley took a tenth off her entry time to win heat 6 in 23.24 over Eau Claire sophomore Samantha Senczyszyn (23.48). St. Thomas senior Emma Paulson was in front of the field in the next-to-last heat, edging Calvin junior Abby VanHarn, 22.97 to 23.15. Paulson was the first to break 23 seconds. Emory sophomore Fiona Muir stopped the clock at 23.77 to win the final heat, missing the meet record by .06 and the NCAA mark by .10. She was followed by Williams junior Emma Waddell (22.84) and Whitman senior Tai Hallstein (23.38).

Women’s 200-yard Medley Relay – Prelims

NCAA DIII Record: 1:40.58 3/18/2015, Kenyon (Oberholzer, Duncan, Cooper, McLeod)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Emory 1:41.01
  2. Denison 1:42.09
  3. Johns Hopkins 1:42.19
  4. Kenyon 1:42.58
  5. Williams 1:42.72
  6. Conn College 1:42.98
  7. NYU 1:43.08
  8. W & L 1:43.78

Emory led the qualifiers of the 200 medley relay with a 1:41.01, just half a second off the NCAA record, with strong performances from Cindy Cheng, Kowalsky, Sanchez-Aizcorbe, and Megan Taylor.

Women’s 3-meter Diving – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 517.10 3/20/10 Hayley Emerick, Trinity (TX)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Nickie Griesemer, SR Ithaca 474.35
  2. Vivian Zhou, FR MIT 461.20
  3. Sarah Hayhurst, JR Centre College 453.80
  4. Maura Sticco-Ivins, JR Wellesley 448.10
  5. Meghan Bartlett, SR SUNY Fredonia 446.20
  6. Ariana Ross, SR Williams 440.40
  7. Kayley Alioto, JR UW-LaCrosse 433.55
  8. Agnes Lo, FR Chicago 427.75

Ithaca senior Nickie Griesemer scored 474.35 on the 3-meter board to lead Day One diving qualifiers. MIT freshman Vivian Zhou was next with 461.20 points, followed by 2016 consolation final winner, Centre College junior Sarah Hayhurst (453.80). Last year’s runner-up, Maura Sticco-Ivins of Wellesley, was fourth with 448.10 points, just ahead of the 2016 bronze medalist, Meghan Bartlett of SUNY Fredonia (446.20).


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3 years ago

I don’t have the full results but I can’t believe that Emory had only 1 up total in the 500 and 200 IM.

Reply to  Baldingeagle
3 years ago

I count 1 “A” 2 “B” in the 2IM and 1 “B” in the 500. I was pretty surprised at first, but it doesn’t seem like anyone didn’t swim well. Tuncan was a bit off in the 500, but that was still their only entry. 2 A’s and 2 B’s in the 50 free helps (especially if Muir can hold her top seed!).

Swim mom
3 years ago


Here is an actual link to the results since it’s not provided above.

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