2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Championships – Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Day Four

Women’s 100 Yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 48.44 3/11/2017 Theresa Michalak, West Florida
  • Meet: 48.44 3/11/2017 Theresa Michalak, West Florida

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Polina Lapshina, Queens (NC) – 48.36
  2. Randi Yarnell, WSCU – 49.34
  3. Victoria Fonville, Oklahoma Baptist – 49.46
  4. Josephina Lorda, Queens (NC) – 49.72
  5. Hana Van Loock, TAMPA – 49.80
  6. Sierra Forbord, Colorado Mesa – 50.25
  7. Wanda Dollmayer, Queens (NC) – 50.30
  8. Chelsea Gehrke, St. Cloud St. – 50.48
  9. Georgia DaCruz, Queens (NC) – 50.52
  10. Yasmin Preusse, Drury – 50.56
  11. Allie Klinger, CSU East Bay – 50.59
  12. Ester Rizzetto, West Florida – 50.69
  13. Lexie Baker, Queens (NC) – 50.70
  14. Elizaveta Bazarova, TAMPA – 50.75 / Lezlie Bueno Estrada, Wayne State – 50.75
  15. Lena Soulas, NMU – 50.77 / Kirsten Votava, Indy – 50.77

Findlay freshman Chris McFarland won heat 1 from the outside lane, going 51.96 to improve her seed time by .12. Her teammate Amanda Stiegal took .90 off her time to win the following heat in 50.88, from the same lane. Second in that heat was Ciara Franke of UCSD who also dropped .90 and finished with 50.96. Lane 2 proved to be a talisman for the next two heat winners, as well. UCSD sophomore Gracie Murphy improved by .34 to win heat 3 in 51.02, touching out Wayne State’s Jia Ya Koh (51.17) and Asusa Pacific’s Elodie Poo-Cheong (51.35). Wanda Dollmayer of Queens went .78 faster than her entry time to win heat 4, also from lane 2, in 50.30. It was a close heat, with teammate Georgia DaCruz (50.52, -.43), Sara Whelan of Simon Fraser (50.87, -.27), and Krystal Caylor of Indy (50.96, -.09) coming in close behind.

Josephina Lorda of Queens won the first circle-seeded heat with 49.72, destroying her seed time by .93. Hana Van Loock of Tampa touched second with 49.80 (-.03). Yasmin Preusse of Drury went 50.56 to just touch out Allie Klinger of Cal State East Bay (50.59, -.25).

Western State Colorado senior Randi Yarnell, who won the 200 free and was 3rd in the 50 free, took heat 6 in 49.34. St. Cloud State junior Chelsea Gehrke (50.48, -.08) and West Florida freshman Ester Rizzetto (50.69) finished second and third.

Queens junior Polina Lapshina dropped .28 to win the final heat with a new NCAA Division II and meet record of 48.36. She lowered the mark set by Theresa Michalak of West Florida in 2017 by .08. Oklahoma Baptist’s Victoria Fonville was second with 49.46, improving her seed time by .63. Colorado Mesa sophomore Sierra Forbord went .52 better than her entry time to finish 3rd in 50.25.

Swim-off: Lena Soulas of NMU and Kirsten Votava of Indy, who both went 50.77 in heats, tied for 16th. They swam off for lane 8 in the B final after the first heat of women’s 1650s. The pair were even at the 25, with Soulas having a 4/100 edge at the 50, 24.81 to 24.85. Votava turned slightly ahead of Soulas at the 75 wall but the NMU sophomore brought it home and got the touch. She was 1/10 faster on the second 50, winning 51.12 to 51.26.

Women’s 200 Yard Backstroke – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 1:54.48 3/11/2017 Hannah Peiffer, Queens (NC)
  • Meet: 1:54.48 3/11/2017 Hannah Peiffer, Queens (NC)

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Bobbi Gichard, Queens (NC) – 1:56.14
  2. Anna Miram, Wingate – 1:57.33
  3. Rachel Helm, NMU – 1:57.34
  4. Rachel Massaro, Queens (NC) – 1:57.46
  5. Vladyslava Maznytska, Queens (NC) – 1:58.54
  6. Savanna Saunders, NMU – 1:58.72
  7. Stephanie Palczynski, Lewis – 1:58.97
  8. Karolina Smylek, Lynn – 1:59.04
  9. Edda Skoric, Indy – 1:59.50
  10. Laura Pareja, Drury – 1:59.93
  11. Cassandra Wright, Sioux Falls – 2:00.12
  12. Sydney Rey, McKendree – 2:00.43
  13. Courtney Stewart, Queens (NC) – 2:00.66
  14. Ashlen Michalski, Wayne State – 2:00.72
  15. Karis Fuller, LIU Post – 2:00.91
  16. Marize Van Jaarsveld, Oklahoma Baptist – 2:00.92

Queens freshman Frouke Beeksma knocked 1.43 seconds off her entry time and won heat 1 in 2:01.51. Northern Michigan senior Regan Kilburn was second in 2:02.57. Her teammate Rachel Helm won the first circle-seeded heat with 1:57.34, coming from behind to touch of Queens sophomore Rachel Massaro (1:57.46) over the last 25 yards.

Queens sophomore Vladyslava Maznytska went 1:58.54 to win the penultimate heat over freshman Karollina Smylek of Lynn (1:59.04, a best by 1.90 seconds) and Indy junior Edda Skoric (1:59.50)/

Queens freshman Bobbi Gichard won the final heat in 1:56.14. Freshman Anna Miram of Wingate was second in the heat, posting the #2 time of the morning with 1:57.33. Lewis sophomore Stephanie Palczynski dropped 1.79 to go 1:58.97 for third in the heat, while freshman Laura Pareja of Drury was 1:59.93 for fourth.

Women’s 200 Yard Breaststroke – Prelims

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Lily Borgenheimer, MSU Mankato – 2:12.12
  2. Bailee Nunn, Drury – 2:12.22
  3. Claire Mikesell, IUP – 2:14.80
  4. Hannah Kastigar, Northern State – 2:15.00
  5. Olga Tovstogan, Fresno Pacific – 2:15.30
  6. Shelly Prayson, Queens (NC) – 2:15.51
  7. Sarah Jane Atkinson, Queens (NC) – 2:16.41
  8. Celia Hoag, Grand Valley – 2:16.42
  9. Mckenzie Street, TAMPA – 2:16.51
  10. Maike Hoener, Wingate – 2:16.57
  11. Anne-sofie Nissen, Wingate – 2:16.66
  12. Juliana Cifuentes, Oklahoma Baptist – 2:16.75
  13. Sarah Hughes, Lynn – 2:16.81
  14. Natalie Galluzzo, Truman St. – 2:17.06
  15. Samantha Laurich, Grand Valley – 2:17.88
  16. Haley Degrace, Florida Southern – 2:18.04

Hillsdale College senior Anika Ellingson won the opening heat of 200 breast with 2:19.24 (-.57). She had been battling Lindenwood senior Shelby Quinn but the latter was DQd for a turn violation. Wingate sophomore Maike Hoener went 1.58 seconds faster than her seed time and dominated heat 2 in 2:16.57. Behind her was teammate Sara Aringsmann with 2:18.83 (-.22).

The first of the circle seeds featured an exciting finish, as IUP junior Claire Mikesell charged past Northern State senior Hannah Kastigar to take 3 seconds off her seed time and finish with 2:14.80. Kastigar was right behind with 2:15.00, and Fresno Pacific junior Olga Tovstogan came in third with 2:15.30.

Queens senior Shelly Prayson took heat 4 out quickly, turning first at the 50 head of MSU Mankato sophomore Lily Borgenheimer and Nova Southern junior Kaylee Gassen. Borgenheimer took off over the next 100 yards and was up by a body length at the 150, followed by Prayson, Tampa senior Mckenzie Street, and Grand Valley senior Celia Hoag. Borgenheimer finished with 2:12.12 (-.66). Prayson was second (2:15.51), followed by Hoag (2:16.42), Street (2:16.51), and Florida Southern senior Haley Degrace (2:18.04).

The final heat featured defending champion, Drury junior Bailee Nunn. She ran away with the heat, winning in 2:12.22 for the second-fastest time of the morning session. Sarah Jane Atkinson of Queens placed second with 2:16.41. Oklahoma Baptist junior Juliana Cifuentes took 3rd from lane 1, going 2:16.75 (-.38). Grand Valley freshman Samantha Laurich (2:17.88) and St. Leo sophomore Pauline Majszutowicz (2:18.50) were ‘th and 5th. Maddy Lavoie of Delta State was DQd for non-simultaneous touch.

Women’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DII: 3:18.04 3/17/2018 Queens (NC) (M Stevens, K Dobson, W Dollmayer, M Prayson)
  • Meet: 3:18.04 3/17/2018 Queens (NC) (M Stevens, K Dobson, W Dollmayer, M Prayson)

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Queens (NC) – 3:20.14
  2. TAMPA – 3:23.53
  3. UCSD – 3:23.61
  4. Drury – 3:23.77
  5. Oklahoma Baptist – 3:24.07
  6. Wingate – 3:24.34
  7. Nova S’eastern – 3:24.39
  8. Simon Fraser – 3:24.47
  9. Indy – 3:24.97
  10. West Chester – 3:25.08
  11. Wayne State – 3:25.38
  12. Cloud St. – 3:25.48
  13. Lindenwood – 3:25.80
  14. Grand Valley – 3:25.88
  15. Carson-Newman – 3:26.97
  16. NMU – 3:26.98

 

Women’s 3 Meter Diving Prelims – Prelims

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

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Christina Sather, Clarion – 496.90
  2. Mia Teifer, Wayne State – 481.50
  3. Mikayla Karasek, Grand Valley – 473.25
  4. Brittany Dixon, Colorado Mesa – 456.90
  5. Emma Kehn, Clarion – 450.45
  6. Brooka Abrantes, UCSD – 448.99
  7. Amanda Hurchalla, Wayne State – 446.75
  8. Nadia Mulder, West Chester – 446.55
  9. Brittin Thomsen, St. Cloud St. – 445.25
  10. Mary Grossman, NMU – 445.15
  11. Ashley Holloway, Lindenwood – 439.95
  12. Abby Smith, Colorado Mesa – 428.35
  13. Angela Probstfeld, NMU – 424.55
  14. Annaliesa Anderson, St. Cloud St. – 424.35
  15. Cassandra Kury, Indy – 417.35
  16. Jamie Kimble, NMU – 415.95

2018 bronze medalist Christina Sather of Clarion was the top qualifier in women’s 3-meter diving, scoring 496.90, or 19.40 more than she had in finals last year. In fact, her 2019 prelims performance would have won the 2018 national title by 2.70 points. Sather took third in 1-meter diving on Thursday. Wayne State junior Mia Teifer, who finished 13th in this event a year ago, qualified second with 481.50 points. Grand Valley junior Mikayla Karasek, 9th last year, was third with 473.25.

Nadia Mulder of West Chester, who won the 2019 national title in 1-meter diving, qualified 8th for the 3-meter final with 446.55 points.

Women’s 1650 Yard Freestyle – Slower Heats

  • NCAA DII: 16:17.66 3/15/2008 Kristen Frost, Southern Conn St
  • Meet: 16:17.66 3/15/2008 Kristen Frost, Southern Conn St

Top 8 From Morning Session:

  1. Caroline Jouisse, Delta State – 16:50.94
  2. Ellie Dean, Wayne State – 16:53.43
  3. Kate Agger, Wingate – 16:56.50
  4. Jana Hellenschmidt, Lindenwood – 16:57.37
  5. Louise Hallden, Wingate – 17:00.65
  6. Taylor Beagle, Augustana – 17:01.39
  7. Sierra Rhodes, Delta State – 17:01.86
  8. Emma O’Neill, West Chester – 17:02.49

 

 

 

 

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