2017 NCAA Division III Women – Day 4 Finals Live Recap

Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Women’s 1, 650-yard Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  • NCAA DIII Record: 16:21.44 3/21/2015 Sarah Thompson, Williams
  1. Julia Durmer, SO Emory 16:27.82
  2. Marysol Arce, SO Kenyon 16:39.11
  3. Meg Stanley, SR Ill Wesleyan 16:41.93
  4. Megan Pierce, SR Williams 16:44.32
  5. Campbell Costley, SR Denison 16:54.14
  6. Alison McNamara, SO Williams 16:55.66
  7. Gail Anderson, FR Kenyon 16:58.68
  8. Valerie Urban, SR Conn College 17:01.34

Emory sophomore Julia Durmer jumped out to a very quick start, leading by well over 2 body lengths at the 200. Williams senior Megan Pierce led the rest of the group, which was fairly evenly paced, through the 300. Kenyon sophomore Marysol Arce, the defending champion, moved in front of Pierce by the 400, with Denison senior Campbell Costley just behind. Durmer kept up her pace out in lane 1, and was about half a pool length in front by the 800. Illinois Wesleyan senior Meg Stanley pulled ahead of Costley and began to challenge Arce, both about 9 seconds behind Durmer.

At the 1000, Durmer hit the wall at 9:58.35, while Arce was 10:08.06 and Stanley, 10:08.81. Pierce was just behind with 10:09.97. Stanley dropped off Arce’s pace for a bit, giving Pierce an opportunity to move up to third, but she never let Pierce close on her.

Durmer got the bell at 15:59.57, then came to the wall at 16:27.82. Arce was second in 16:39.11. Stanley held on for third with 16:41.93, while Pierce finished fourth in 16:44.32.

The rest of the championship heat consisted of Costley (16:54.14), Alison McNamara of Williams (16:55.66), Dana Lautenschleger of Mount Union (17:05.66), and DePauw senior Angela Newlon (17:12.92).

The top two finishers from the morning session, Gail Anderson of Kenyon and Connecticut senior Valerie Urban earned top-8 placements from their morning swims.

Women’s 100-yard Freestyle – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 48.98 3/20/2010 Kendra Stern, Amherst
  1. Fiona Muir, SO Emory 49.28
  2. Emma Waddell, JR Williams 49.45
  3. TIE 3rd Abby VanHarn, JR Calvin 50.38
  4. TIE 3rd Lindsay Hagmann, JR Trinity U. 50.38
  5. Marissa Bergh, SR Emory 50.60
  6. Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, SR Emory 50.77
  7. Caroline Mather, SO Carleton 50.96
  8. Madison Kauahi, SO Pomona-Pitzer 50.98

Emory sophomore Fiona Muir was out first at the 50, a half-body length up on Williams junior Emma Waddell. Waddell came home 4/10 faster, almost catching her at the end, but Muir got to the wall first. She touched in 49.28 to Waddell’s 49.45.

Calvin junior Abby VanHarn and Trinity junior Lindsay Hagmann tied for third with 50.38. Emory seniors Marissa Bergh (50.60) and Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe (50.77) followed. Carleton sophomore Caroline Mather (50.96) and Pomona-Pitzer Madison Kauahi (50.98) rounded out the final.

Women’s 200-yard Backstroke – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 1:56.23 3/15/2008 Brittany Sasser, Amherst
  1. Olivia Jackson, SR Williams 1:55.83
  2. Emma Paulson, SR St. Thomas 1:58.61
  3. Cindy Cheng, JR Emory 1:58.62
  4. Christina Belforti, SR Union 1:59.34
  5. Delaney Ambrosen, SO Kenyon 1:59.57
  6. Sara Daher, SR Bates 2:00.25
  7. Eleanore Hong, SR Rose-Hulman 2:00.33
  8. Nicole Zanolli, JR Wash U. MO 2:02.17

Emory junior Cindy Cheng in lane 2, Williams senior Olivia Jackson in lane4, and St. Thomas senior Emma Paulson in lane 5 moved in lockstep through the 100, when Jackson pulled away and picked up her pace. She came home all alone, 2 body lengths ahead of Cheng and Paulson, and touched in 1:55.83, setting a new NCAA Division III record by .40.

Paulson ended up touching out Cheng by .01 to finish second with 1:58.61.

Women’s 200-yard Breaststroke – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: 2:12.20 2/20/2016 Sam Senczyszyn, UW Eau Claire
  • Meet Record: 2:12.30 3/19/2016 Emily Hyde, Amherst
  1. Mary Erb, FR Conn College 2:14.61
  2. Caroline White, FR Williams 2:15.08
  3. Julia Wilson, JR Kenyon 2:15.30
  4. Annelise Kowalsky, SR Emory 2:15.63
  5. Kaitlin Jones, JR Johns Hopkins 2:16.39
  6. Ashley Daniels, SO Emory 2:17.50
  7. KT Kustritz, FR Denison 2:17.64
  8. Emily Hageboeck, FR W&L 2:19.48

In a very even championship final, that lacked the top seed Sam Senczyszyn, who scratched for medical reasons, a five-across line of breaststrokers swam a synchronized race for 200 yards. Connecticut freshman Mary Erb was slightly out front of the others and came to the wall first with 2:14.61. Williams freshman Caroline White was second in 2:15.08, followed by Kenyon junior Julia Wilson in 2:15.30.

Emory senior Annelise Kowalsky placed fourth with 2:15.63, and Johns Hopkins junior Kaitlin Jones led the next wave of finishers with 2:16.39.

Women’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 3:21.28 3/22/2013, Emory (Rosenkranz, Larson, Wobler, Dobben)
  1. Emory 3:19.56
  2. Williams 3:23.11
  3. Kenyon 3:23.37
  4. Wash U. MO 3:24.00
  5. W & L 3:24.96
  6. NYU 3:25.37
  7. Wheaton IL 3:25.88
  8. Middlebury 3:26.90

Emory sophomore Muir got the Eagles out to a half-body length lead at the first exchange, handing over to senior Sanchez-Aizcorbe, who stretched the lead out to a body length at the 150 wall. Freshman Caroline Olson kept the field at bay, adding another body length of clear water behind her. Senior Marissa Bergh took over and it was lights out. Bergh’s anchor gave the Eagles a new Division III record, as she stopped the clock at 3:19.56.




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Chris Myhre
4 years ago

Sam Senczyszyn?? Not sure I have ever seen the #1 seed at a National Championship scratch. Hope she is alright…anyone know what happened in the W’s 2 Breast?

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