2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Championships: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • Dates: Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17
  • Swimming: prelims 10am, finals 6pm; Diving: 2pm
  • Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: Queens (results)
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Day 1

Women’s 200-yard Individual Medley – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 1:55.63 3/9/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
  • Meet: 1:55.63 3/9/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
  • Pool: 1:52.11 3/19/2015 Missy Franklin, California

Qualifiers:

  1. Alexis Divelbiss, SR Wingate 2:01.24 2:00.34
  2. Bailee Nunn, SO Drury University 1:56.78 2:00.60
  3. Zuzanna Chwadeczko, SR Drury University 2:00.67 2:01.15
  4. Morgan McClure, SR CSU East Bay 2:01.41 2:01.24
  5. Stephanie O’Toole, JR SHIP 2:01.71 2:01.38
  6. Courtney Deveny, SR Nova S’eastern 2:00.22 2:01.87
  7. Josephina Lorda, JR Queens (NC) 2:02.45 2:02.12
  8. Georgia DaCruz, SO Queens (NC) 2:03.34 2:02.19
  9. Mckenzie Stevens, SR Queens (NC) 2:00.49 2:02.29
  10. Marize Van Jaarsveld, FR Oklahoma Baptist 2:00.88 2:02.42
  11. Sofia Petrenko, SR Cal Baptist 2:01.62 2:02.45
  12. Rachel Helm, SO NMU 2:02.21 2:03.19
  13. Krystal Caylor, FR Indy 2:02.53 2:03.39
  14. Mckenzie Street, JR TAMPA 2:03.11 2:03.72
  15. Daria Belova, SR Fresno Pacific 2:02.98 2:03.89
  16. Samantha Postmus, SR Grand Valley 2:03.51 2:04.02

Alexis Divelbiss of Wingate won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:00.34, followed by Stephanie O’Toole from Shippensburg (2:01.38) and Josephina Lorda of Queens (2:02.12). Nova S’Eastern senior Courtney Deveny went 2:01.87 to lead the penultimate heat, getting the touch over Marizel Van Jaarsveld of Oklahoma Baptist (2:02.29) and Cal Baptist senior Sofia Petrenko (2:02.45).

Top-seeded Bailee Nunn of Drury was the final heat winner with 2:00.60. She was out first at the 50 with teammate Zuzanna Chwadeczko trailing closely. Cal State East Bay senior Morgan McClure pulled up to the Drury teammates at the back-to-breast turn. Nunn separated herself from the group with a strong breaststroke leg, then cruised home with an easy free leg (29.9) to finish second overall out of morning heats. Chwadeczko (2:01.15) came to the wall just ahead of McClure (2:01.24).

Women’s 50-yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 22.20 3/9/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
  • Meet: 22.20 3/9/2017 Bailee Nunn, Drury
  • Pool: 21.32 3/19/2015 Simone Manuel, Stanford

Qualifiers:

  1. Victoria Fonville SO Oklahoma Baptist 22.59 22.74
  2. Kyrie Dobson JR Queens (NC) 22.78 22.82
  3. Vera Johansson SR Drury University 23.14 22.92
  4. Wanda Dollmayer FR Queens (NC) 23.03 22.96
  5. Yekaterina Rudenko SR Drury University 23.25 23.12
  6. Lara Marshall SR Queens (NC) 23.20 23.15 /Lisa Postma JR Carson-Newman 23.29 23.15 / Mikaela Lantz SO West Chester 23.23 23.15
  7. Miranda Yarnell JR WSCU 22.88 23.17
  8. Sydney Panzarino SR Nova S’eastern 22.96 23.19
  9. Jamie Fitzpatrick SR Truman St. 23.53 23.33 / Cecilia Hake SR Minnesota State 23.30 23.33
  10. Abigail Lunzmann JR Drury University 23.23 23.34 / Milica Sostarec SO McKendree 23.19 23.34 / Tamlyn Price SR Oklahoma Baptist 23.06 23.34
  11. Lexie Winnett FR Lindenwood 23.11 23.36 / Melanie Soenksen SR Saginaw Valley 23.32 23.36

UCSD senior Anshanika Phetbenjaku kicked off the 50 free with a 23.73 victory in the first heat. Sioux Falls freshman Cassandra Wright won heat 2 from the outside lane with 23.45. Truman State senior Jamie Fitzpatrick took .20 off her seed time to win heat 3 in 23.33, giving her a second swim tonight. Queens junior Michelle Prayson took the final heat before circle-seeds with 23.48.

Drury senior Vera Johansson improved her seed time by .22 to win the first circle-seeded heat out of lane 3, going 22.92. Queens junior and #2 seed Kyrie Dobson went 22.82 to win heat 6 with the fastest time thus far. The final heat went to top-seeded Victoria Fonville, a sophomore from Oklahoma Baptist, who registered a 22.74 to move to the top of the standings.

There will be a swim-off for 16th place between Lexie Winnett of Lindenwood and Melanie Soenksen of Saginaw Valley.

Women’s 200-yard Medley Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 1:38.49 2/14/2018 Queens (NC) (DaCruz, Dobson, Massaro, Prayson)
  • Meet: 1:38.78 3/8/2017 Drury Rudenko, Chwadeczko, Johansson, Nunn
  • Pool: 1:35.10 3/20/2015 Stanford A Howe, S Haase, J Hu, L Neal

Qualifiers:

  1. Drury University 1:39.65
  2. Queens (NC) 1:39.67
  3. Nova S’eastern 1:41.45
  4. Oklahoma Baptist 1:41.70
  5. NMU 1:42.46
  6. Fresno Pacific 1:42.57
  7. Carson-Newman 1:42.65
  8. CSU East Bay 1:42.73
  9. Sioux Falls 1:42.86
  10. Wingate 1:43.05
  11. UCSD 1:43.09
  12. Minnesota State 1:43.15
  13. TAMPA 1:43.25
  14. Lindenwood 1:43.28
  15. Saginaw Valley 1:43.33
  16. Delta State 1:43.37

An excellent showdown is looming on the horizon; tonight’s final in the women’s 200 medley relay will pit meet record-holder Drury (1:39.65 in prelims) against Division II record-holder Queens (1:39.67 in prelims) and it might be the most exciting race of the entire night. Drury’s Rudenko (25.22), Chwadeczko (27.42), Johansson (24.02), and Mackenzie Wieberg (22.99) contributed to the 1:39.65. Nunn will surely be swapped in tonight; she split 21.84 on the end of Drury’s record-breaking performance at 2017 NCAAs.

Queens featured Rachel Massaro (25.29), Prayson (27.91), Georgia DaCruz (23.97), and Wanda Dollmayer (22.50) this morning. The Royals were about 1.2 seconds off their DII record, which featured Dobson in Dolmayer’s place. Dobson anchored the Queens relay at last year’s NCAAs in 22.41, and their record-breaking relay at 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Championships in 22.13.

Winning the first circle-seeded heat, and finishing third overall, were Deveny (25.71), Malin Westman (28.36), Jenna Johns (24.81), and Sydney Panzarino (22.57) of Nova S’eastern with a combined 1:41.45.

Three women’s relays were disqualified for start violations, including West Chester, Grand Valley, and Findlay. Findlay’s DQ allowed Cal State East Bay to move into the A final.

Women’s 3-meter Diving – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 555.70 3/14/2015 Elizabeth Rawlings, Wayne State
  • Meet: 555.70 3/14/2015 Elizabeth Rawlings, Wayne State

Qualifiers:

  1. Genesis Veliz, JR Oklahoma Baptist 460.80
  2. Emma Kehn, SO Clarion 452.70
  3. Christina Sather, JR Clarion 449.70
  4. Brittany Dixon, SO Colorado Mesa Un 447.90
  5. Cassandra Kury, FR Indy 445.45
  6. Emily Dunkerson, SO Cal Baptist 445.40
  7. Kelsey Vreeman, SO Colorado Mesa Un 445.25
  8. Britin Thomsen, JR St. Cloud St 440.20
  9. Mikayla Karasek, SO Grand Valley 439.35
  10. Nadia Mulder, SO West Chester 437.50
  11. Amanda Hurchalla, FR Wayne State 404.50
  12. Nicole Taormina, FR Grand Valley 402.60
  13. Mia Teifer, SO Wayne State 401.35
  14. Jesstina Farrell, FR West Florida 399.75
  15. Jamie Kimble, SO NMU 391.10
  16. McKenna Webster, FR Azusa Pacific Un 390.70

Women’s 1000-yard Freestyle – Slower Heats

  • NCAA DII: 9:46.63 12/15/2017 Emma Sundstedt, Nova S’eastern
  • Meet: 9:48.87 3/8/2017 Georgia Wright, West Chester

Top 8 from morning session:

  1. Melina Goebel, SO Grand Valley 10:04.02
  2. Sarah Reamy, SO Queens (NC) 10:06.22
  3. Annagrazia Bonsanti, SR Bridgeport 10:06.65
  4. Mia Wood, SO Colorado School of Mines 10:09.69
  5. Lovisa Nyman, SR West Chester 10:10.79
  6. Katie Moore, JR Florida Southern 10:10.85
  7. Morgan Fischer, JR Lindenwood 10:10.93
  8. Merel Visser, SO UMSL 10:11.64

Sophomore Melina Goebel of Grand Valley and Sarah Reamy of Queens battled it out in the first heat of morning 1000s, with Goebel staying out front by about a body length from about the 150 onward. The pair put up the morning’s top times with 10:04.02 and 10:06.22, respectively. Annagrazia Bonsanti, a senior from Bridgeport, dropped 4.3 seconds to win her heat and finish third overall with 10:06.65. Other nice drops came from Mia Wood of Colorado School of Mines and West Chester’s Lovisa Nyman; they were 4th and 5th, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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