2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Championships – Day 2 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 2

Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 1:30.57  3/12/2015   Drury (Xu, Johansson, Rudenko, Yu)
  • Meet: 1:30.57  3/12/2015   Drury (Xu, Johansson, Rudenko, Yu)


  1. Queens (NC) 1:31.24
  2. Drury University 1:31.96
  3. Nova S’eastern 1:32.74
  4. Oklahoma Baptist 1:32.76
  5. Carson-Newman 1:32.98
  6. UCSD 1:32.98
  7. TAMPA 1:33.08
  8. Saint Leo 1:33.14
  9. Wingate 1:33.19
  10. West Chester 1:33.36
  11. Wayne State 1:33.62
  12. Florida Southern 1:33.68
  13. Minnesota State 1:33.80
  14. CSU East Bay 1:33.86
  15. Cloud St 1:33.91
  16. Lindenwood 1:34.11

Despite sub-23 leadoffs from Drury and Oklahoma Baptist, Queens’ depth prevailed in the 4×50 free heats. The Royals posted the morning’s top time of 1:31.24 from senior Lara Marshall (23.25), junior Kyrie Dobson (22.58), freshman Wanda Dollmayer (22.54), and junior Michelle Prayson (22.87).

Drury (Bailee Nunn with a 22.86 leadoff, Yekaterina Rudenko with 22.68, Mackenzie Wiebert 23.25, and Madeline Nelson 23.17) qualified second in 1:31.96. Nova S’eastern (1:32.74), Oklahoma Baptist (1:32.76), UCSD and Carson-Newman (both 1:32.98), Tampa (1:33.08), and Saint Leo (1:33.14) will challenge the leaders in tonight’s final.

Women’s 400 Yard Individual Medley – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 4:08.56  3/10/2016   Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
  • Meet: 4:08.56  3/10/2016   Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)


  1. Courtney Deveny, SR Nova S’eastern 4:19.54
  2. Bavindeep Basra, SR Fresno Pacific 4:22.29
  3. Sofia Petrenko, SR Cal Baptist 4:22.52
  4. Francesca Bains, FR Queens (NC) 4:22.70
  5. Samantha Postmus, SR Grand Valley 4:22.83
  6. Erin Sutton, JR Lindenwood 4:24.43
  7. Megan Burns, JR West Chester 4:24.97
  8. Laura Fornshell, SO Fresno Pacific 4:25.01
  9. Hayley Blaauw, JR Queens (NC) 4:25.69
  10. Christina Halverson, SR Cal Baptist 4:26.25
  11. Madeline Pitt, SR West Florida 4:26.59
  12. Cecilie Jensen, FR Carson-Newman 4:26.75
  13. Emily Longfellow, SO Cal Baptist 4:26.75
  14. Marize Jaarsveld, FR Oklahoma Baptist 4:26.80
  15. Emma O’Neill, SO West Chester 4:27.46
  16. Amanda Sumrow, JR UCSD 4:27.65

The first circle-seeded heat of 400 IMs featured a very close battle between Francesca Bains of Queens and Samantha Postmus of Grand Valley, who had traded leads throughout the race. Bains got the touch with 4.22.70 over Postmus’s 4:22.83. Cal State senior Sofia Petrenko took the following heat more easily, stopping the clock at 4:22.52 to take over the lead. Behind her were Fresno Pacific sopohomore Laura Fornshell (4:25.01) and Cal Baptist sophomore Emily Longfellow (4:26.75).

Nova S’eastern’s Courtney Deveny won the final heat over Fresno Pacific senior Bavindeep Basra, 4:19.54 to 4:22.29. Those two posted the overall fastest times of the morning and will line up in lanes 4 and 5 in tonight’s championship final.

Women’s 100 Yard Butterfly – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 33  3/9/2017    Theresa Michalak, West Florida
  • Meet: 33  3/9/2017    Theresa Michalak, West Florida


  1. Georgia DaCruz, SO Queens (NC) 53.49
  2. Lucia Martelli, FR Delta State 53.75
  3. Bailee Nunn, SO Drury University 53.88 / Jessie Gibson, SO Simon Fraser Uni 53.88
  4. Zuzanna Chwadeczko, SR Drury University 53.92
  5. Vera Johansson, SR Drury University 53.93
  6. Natalia Garriock, SR Saint Leo 54.00
  7. Daria Belova, SR Fresno Pacific 54.42
  8. Miranda Yarnell, JR WSCU 54.84
  9. Kaleigh Sharkey, FR Simon Fraser Uni 54.91
  10. Lara Marshall, SR Queens (NC) 55.00
  11. Molly O’Hara, SO TAMPA 55.19
  12. Katja Hajdinjak, SR Florida Southern 55.33 / Stephanie O’Toole, JR SHIP 55.33
  13. Kyrie Dobson, JR Queens (NC) 55.60
  14. Daphne Williams, SO Colorado School 55.65

Stephanie O’Toole of Shippensburg started things off with a half-second drop to win heat 1 in 55.33 over Oklahoma Baptist senior Faith Moss (56.15) and Queens freshman Rachel Massaro (56.41). In heat 2 it was Queens junior Kyrie Dobson with the win (55.60); Tampa junior Mckenzie Street (55.83) and Indy sophomore Darian Murray (56.02) followed closely.

Daria Belova from Fresno Pacific won the first circle-seeded heat in 54.42. Western State Colorado junior Miranda Yarnell (54.84) and Tampa sophomore Molly O’Hara (55.19) finished second and third. In the penultimate heat everyone seemed to come to the wall at the same time. When the waves settled, Drury senior Zuzanna Chwadeczko was first (53.92) with her teammate and classmate Vera Johansson (53.93) and Saint Leo senior Natalia Garriock (54.00) right behind her.

The final heat provided the quickest times of the morning. Led by Queens sophomore Georgia DaCruz (53.49), it also included Delta State freshman Lucia Martelli (53.75), Simon Fraser sophomore Jessie Gibson (53.88) and Drury sophomore Bailee Nunn (53.88). Nunn dropped 1.3 seconds off her seed time to make the A final.

There was a swim-off for 16th place between Colorado School of Mines sophomore Daphne Williams and Nova S’eastern freshman Jenna Johns, both of whom went 55.65 in prelims. Williams took it out hard the second time around; she was up by a stroke cycle at the 50 and won with __  to ascend to the B final.

Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 1:44.44  2/10/2016   Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
  • Meet: 1:45.27  3/12/2015   Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)


  1. Margaret Stansberry, SR Carson-Newman 1:47.10
  2. Simone de Rijcke, JR Lindenwood 1:48.37
  3. Mckenzie Stevens, SR Queens (NC) 1:48.49
  4. Emma Sundstedt, FR Nova S’eastern 1:48.59
  5. Josephina Lorda, JR Queens (NC) 1:48.80
  6. Morgan McClure, SR CSU East Bay 1:49.25
  7. Ciara Franke, FR UCSD 1:49.33
  8. Morgan Fischer, JR Lindenwood 1:49.39
  9. Erica Dahlgren, SO Drury 1:49.47
  10. Miranda Yarnell, JR WSCU 1:49.62
  11. Alexis Divelbiss, SR Wingate 1:49.70
  12. Nicole Smith, JR IUP 1:49.74
  13. Jamie Fitzpatrick, SR Truman St. 1:49.92
  14. Krystal Caylor, FR Indy 1:50.20
  15. Nicole Sisson, SR Truman St. 1:50.22
  16. Celina Batsel, JR Delta State 1:50.52

Cal Baptist sophomore Mackenzie Mergel dropped 6/10 to win the first heat in 1:52.72. The next heat went to Bloomsburg sophomore Rebecca Cubbler in 1:51.76, a PB by 4/10. Colorado School of Mines sophomore Mia Wood won a tight battle with Colorado Mesa freshman Sierra Forbord, 1:51.47 to 1:51.56, in the next heat. Bridgeport junior Nina Stegu took the last heat before the championship heats in 1:50.93, touching out Simon Fraser sophomore Kristen Olvet (1:51.31) and Nova S’eastern senior Jordan Shows (1:51.79).

Carson-Newman senior Margaret Stansberry wowed the Greensboro Aquatic Center crowd with a 1:47.10 in the first circle-seeded heat, taking 1.78 seconds off her seed time and winning from the outside lane. Stansberry won the consolation final in this event last year. Behind her in heat 5 were Lindenwood junior Simone de Rijcke (1:48.37) and Drury sophomore Erica Dahlgren (1:49.47).

Queens senior Mckenzie Stevens went 1:48.49 to win heat 6 over Lindenwood junior Morgan Fischer (1:49.39), WCSU junior Miranda Yarnell (1:49.62), and Wingate senior Alexis Divelbiss (1:49.70). The final heat went to Nova S’eastern freshman Emma Sundstedt (1:48.59). Queens junior Josephina Lorda (1:58.80) and CSU East Bay senior Morgan McClure (1:49.25) were second and third.

Women’s 400 Yard Medley Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 3:37.80  3/10/2016   Wingate (Arkhipova, Weiss, Dumur, Petrenko)
  • Meet: 3:37.80  3/10/2016   Wingate (Arkhipova, Weiss, Dumur, Petrenko)


  1. Queens (NC) 3:40.34
  2. Fresno Pacific 3:42.28
  3. UCSD 3:43.34
  4. Nova S’eastern 3:43.56
  5. Oklahoma Baptist 3:44.38
  6. West Florida 3:44.70
  7. Lindenwood 3:44.80
  8. CSU East Bay 3:44.82
  9. Carson-Newman 3:45.04
  10. Wingate 3:45.39
  11. Florida Southern 3:45.43
  12. TAMPA 3:45.73
  13. Findlay 3:45.76
  14. NMU 3:45.96
  15. Sioux Falls 3:46.99
  16. Indy 3:47.37

A very young quartet from Sioux Falls (Cassandra Wright, Chantal Kasch, Maike Doerr, Ingelin Lima) dropped 1.2 seconds to win heat 1 with 3:46.99, and earned the right to a second swim in tonight’s consolation final.

UC San Diego’s Alex Rodman, Angie Phetbenjakul, Lindsay Clark and captain Haley Murphy won heat 2 from lane 8, combining to go 3:43.34. That swim broke the previous UCSD program record of 3:43.38 from the 2016 PCSC Championships. UCSD took 3.9 seconds off their seed time and qualified third overall for tonight’s final. Closely following the Tritons in heat 2 were Nova S’eastern (3:43.56), West Florida (3:44.70), and Carson Newman (3:45.04).

Queens (Rachel Massaro, Michelle Prayson, DaCruz, and Stevens) won the penultimate heat in 3:40.34 over Fresno Pacific (3:42.28), Cal State East Bay (3:44.82), and Tampa (3:45.73).

The women’s relays have been plagued by DQs this year. In prelims of the 200 medley relay on Wednesday, West Chester, Grand Valley, and Findlay were all cited for various violations in. Later that day Delta State was DQd in the consolation final. West Chester had another heartbreak on Thursday morning, getting cited in the prelims of the 400 medley relay. But the highest-profile DQ so far has to be that of Drury in the final heat of the morning. The Panthers (Yekaterina Rudenko, Nunn, Johansson, Caytee Wright) had seemingly won the heat by a half a pool length, but ended up out of the final after being called for an early takeoff.

Second in that heat was Oklahoma Baptist (3:44.38), then Lindenwood (3:44.80) and Florida Southern (3:45.43).







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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom 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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