2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Championships – Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Day 3

Women’s 200 Yard Butterfly – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 1:55.66 3/23/2012 Logan Todhunter, Williams

Qualifiers:

  1. Kailey Allen, FR MIT 2:01.16
  2. Halli Garza, SR Denison 2:02.07
  3. Anne Dassow, SO Grove City 2:02.65
  4. Katelyn Strauss, JR St. Thomas 2:03.00
  5. Molly Craig, FR Williams 2:03.16
  6. Kayla Holman, SO MIT 2:03.31
  7. Michelle Wang, SO Johns Hopkins 2:03.39
  8. Rebecca Upton, SR Emory 2:03.48
  9. Kanchi Desai, SR Kenyon 2:03.62
  10. Madeline Downs, SR Williams 2:03.68
  11. Shanny Lin, SR RPI 2:03.70
  12. Jessica Lenhart, FR UW Whitewater 2:04.55
  13. Meg Campbell, SR Emory 2:04.66
  14. Hannah Mahaffey, FR MIT 2:04.77
  15. Niamh O’Grady, SR Wash U. 2:04.96
  16. Emma Nicklas-Morris, SO Carnegie Mellon 2:05.03

Caltech junior Brittany Percin won heat 1 in 2:07.40. Heat 2 featured a close battle among St. Thomas junior Katelyn Strauss, who finished fifth a year ago, Johns Hopkins sophomore Michelle Wang. Both took over 2 seconds off their entry times. Strauss ended up with the touch for a 2:03.00-to-2:03.39 win. Hopkins senior Courtney Cowan took third in the heat with 2:05.26.

Heat 3 was another close one. Rebecca Upton of Emory touched out Kenyon senior Kanchi Desai by .14 and Williams senior Madeline Downs by .20 with 2:03.48. Grove City sophomore Anne Dassow won heat 4 in 2:02.65 ahead of Kayla Holman of MIT (2:03.31) and 2017 runner-up Shanny Lin of RPI (2:03.70).

The final heat went to MIT freshman Kailey Allen, the sole sub-2:02 of the morning. She stopped the clock at 2:01.16, followed by Denison senior and 2017 consolation final-winner Halli Garza (2:02.07), and Williams freshman Molly Craig (2:03.16).

Women’s 100 Yard Backstroke – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 53.46 3/22/2013 Celia Oberholzer, Kenyon

Qualifiers:

  1. Crile Hart, FR Kenyon 54.33
  2. Cindy Cheng, SR Emory 54.63
  3. Caroline Murphy, SO Wesleyan 55.66
  4. Sarah Jin, JR Pomona-Pitzer 55.84
  5. Caroline Olson, SO Emory 55.94
  6. May Li, JR NYU 56.11
  7. Angela Ling, JR Pomona-Pitzer 56.23
  8. Beth Seagraves, FR Emory 56.28
  9. Angela Le, SO Denison 56.29
  10. Caitlin Foley, JR Kenyon 56.35
  11. Casey Kirby, SO Denison 56.35
  12. Marshall Lowery, SO Bowdoin 56.35
  13. Carol Conforti, SO Williams 56.36
  14. Jenna Hayden, SR Wheaton(MA) 56.37
  15. Mara Selznick, SO Whitman 56.45
  16. Brooke Geske, FR Whittier 56.46

Denison sophomore Jacquelyn Kurkjian improved her seed time by 2/10 to win heat with in 56.98 over Emory freshman Rachel Song (57.17). Kurkjian’s classmate Angela Le also improved by 2/10 and won heat 2 with 56.29. Behind her, Caroline Conforti of Williams (56.36) dropped 6/10 to take second from lane 1 ahead of Johns Hopkins junior Natalie Rincon (56.78).

Wesleyan sophomore Caroline Murphy won the first circle-seeded heat with 55.66, bettering her entry time by 3/10. NYU junior May Li (56.11) and Denison sophomore Casey Kirby (56.35) were second and third. Kenyon freshman Crile Hart won the penultimate heat by a body length with 54.33. Pomona-Pitzer’s Sarah Jin (55.84) came in second ahead of teammate Angela Ling (56.23).

Defending champion Cindy Cheng of Emory closed out the morning heats with a 54.63 win over teammate Caroline Olson (55.94) and Wheaton (MA) senior Jenna Hayden (56.37).

Women’s 100 Yard Breaststroke – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 1:00.50 12/1/2017 KT Kustritz, Denison
  • Meet Record: 1:00.85 3/22/2013 Amy Spaay, UW Whitewater

Qualifiers:

  1. KT Kustritz, SO Denison 1:00.63!
  2. Julia Wilson, SR Kenyon 1:02.12
  3. Caroline White, SO Williams 1:02.20
  4. Ashley Daniels, JR Emory 1:02.46
  5. Jessica Chen, SR MIT 1:02.60
  6. Katherine Mesaros, SO Denison 1:02.84
  7. Nina Fitzgerald, FR Amherst 1:03.08
  8. Hannah Lally, JR Emory 1:03.49
  9. Maya Gomez, SO Middlebury 1:03.67
  10. Gwyneth Lamastra, SR Johns Hopkins 1:03.67
  11. Kaitlin Jones, SR Johns Hopkins 1:03.74
  12. Jenna Wilf, SO Wash U. 1:03.83
  13. Makena Markert, FR Kenyon 1:03.85
  14. Claire Bacon-Brenes, SO CMS 1:03.88
  15. Emily Hageboeck, SO W&L 1:04.18
  16. Kimberly Hochstedler, SR Carnegie Mellon 1:04.20

Johns Hopkins senior Sara Wujciak erased over a second from her seed time to win heat 1 by a body length in 1:04.72. Amherst freshman Nina Fitzgerald dropped 2 seconds to win the next heat out of lane 7 with 1:03.08. She came to the wall ahead of Johns Hopkins senior Kaitlin Jones (1:03.74, also a 1-second drop) and Claire Bacon-Brenes of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1:03.88, a .7-second improvement).

Williams sophomore Caroline White, fifth in this event last year, won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:02.20, lowering her entry time by 1.2 seconds. Hannah Lally of Emory was second in the heat, just ahead of Hopkins senior Gwyneth Lamastra.

Julia Wilson of Kenyon won a close race against Emory junior Ashley Daniels and MIT senior Jessica Chen, out-touching them by .34 and .48, respectively with 1:02.12.

Denison sophomore and 2017 runner-up KT Kustritz broke the meet record with 1:00.63 in the last heat, coming to the wall a body length ahead of teammate Katherine Mesaros (1:02.84) and Middlebury sophomore Maya Gomez (1:03.67).

Women’s 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – Slowest Heats

  • NCAA Record: 7:14.98  3/17/2017, Emory (Muir, Wawer, Bergh, Cheng)

Top times out of morning session:

  1. Denison 7:28.29
  2. MIT 7:32.64
  3. Bates 7:33.98
  4. Wheaton (MA) 7:34.29
  5. Chicago 7:35.83
  6. Washington & Lee (7:36.20)
  7. Ursinus (7:36.40)
  8. Coast Guard (7:38.25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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