2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Championships – Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2019 NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY THREE FINALS

WOMEN’S 200 YARD BUTTERFLY – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 1:55.66 3/23/2012, Logan Todhunter, Williams
  1. Honroe Collins, NYU – 2:00.40
  2. Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin – 2:01.23
  3. Molly Craig, Williams – 2:02.01
  4. Amy Socha, Tufts – 2:02.25
  5. Zoe Whelan, Denison – 2:02.60
  6. Hannah Mahaffey, MIT – 2:02.66
  7. Hannah Eastman, Chicago – 2:02.83
  8. Maria Turcanu, Emory – 2:02.87

Amy Socha, a Tufts sophomore who transferred from Kenyon, took it out quick to hold the lead by the 100. With a couple big under-waters though, NYU junior Honroe Collins took charge of the race at the 150. Despite a charging Sterling Dixon, Collins secured her third individual title in a final time of 2:00.40.

Dixon finished behind in 2:01.23, while Williams’s Molly Craig overtook Socha in the final few yards, as the two touched in 2:02.01 and 2:02.25. The only NCAC representative in this final was Denison’s Zoe Whelan, who picked up fifth with her 2:02.60.

MIT’s Hannah Mahaffey (2:02.66), Chicago’s Hannah Eastman (2:02.83), and Emory’s Maria Turcanu (2:02.87) rounded out the A-final.

WOMEN’S 100 YARD BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 53.46 3/22/2013, Celia Oberholzer, Kenyon
  1. Crile Hart, Kenyon – 53.81
  2. Sedera Zbranak, RIT – 55.38
  3. Caroline Murphy, Wesleyan – 55.48
  4. Summer Otazu, Kenyon – 55.50
  5. Angela Ling, Pomona-Pitzer – 55.55
  6. Sarah Jin, Pomona-Pitzer – 55.71
  7. May Li, NYU – 56.08
  8. Caroline Olson, Emory – 56.74

Crile Hart, last year’s NCAA swimmer of the year and defending champion in this event, lead from start to finish: taking the championship final in 53.81 as the only competitor under 55 point.

The race for second was anyone’s game – as five people headed to the wall virtually simultaneously, it was RIT’s Sedera Zbranak who clutched out second in a time of 55.38. Following her closely was Weselyan’s Caroline Murphy at 55.48; Kenyon’s Summer Otazu in 55.50; and Pomona-Pitzer’s Angela Ling and Sarah Jin claimed fifth and sixth with times of 55.55 and 55.71.

NYU’s May Li (56.08) and Emory’s Caroline Olson (56.74) also earned top eight finishes.

WOMEN’S 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  1. KT Kustriz, Denison – 1:00.60
  2. Jordyn Wentzel, Saint Kate’s – 1:00.72
  3. Sam Senczyszyn, Wisconsin-Eau Claire – 1:00.97
  4. Kate Mesaros, Denison – 1:01.38
  5. Ashley Daniels, Emory – 1:02.14
  6. Makena Markert, Kenyon – 1:02.26
  7. Caroline White, Williams – 1:02.32
  8. Andrea Perttula, Kenyon – 1:03.07

The defending national champion in Denison’s KT Kustriz took it out quick at the first 50 alongside former NCAA champion Sam Senczyszyn. Kustriz had the lead coming off the 75 wall, but Saint Kate’s freshman Jordyn Wentzel gave chase. As the three came into the wall, it was Kustriz who would defend her title – recording a final time of 1:00.60. Wentzel touched second in 1:00.72, while Senczyszyn earned third with his 1:00.97.

Denison’s Kate Mesaros picked up fourth for the Big Red, registering a 1:01:38; while Ashley Daniels gave Emory some points with her fifth place time of 1:02.14.

Kenyon got two championship finalists in Makena Market, who finished sixth in 1:02.26, and Andrea Perttula‘s eight place time of 1:03.07. William’s Caroline White posted a 1:02.32 for seventh.

WOMEN’S 1 METER DIVING – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 515.90 3/25/2011, Danica Roskos
  1. Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst – 493.75
  2. Deborah Wen, MIT – 483.05
  3. Agnes Lo, Chicago – 468.45
  4. Anna Belson, Ithica – 460.75
  5. Allison Fitzgerald, Denison – 444.20
  6. Elizabeth Cron, Chicago – 440.90
  7. Jacqueline Palermo, Amherst – 429.05
  8. Samantha Reichman, SUNY Geneseo – 421.55

WOMEN’S 800 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 7:13.51 3/23/2018, Emory (Muir, Wawer, Taylor, Cheng)
  1. Kenyon – 7:17.43
  2. Williams – 7:18.60
  3. Emory – 7:20.90

Honroe Collins jumped out to a substantial lead by the first 150 mark; but Kenyon and Williams closed the gap at the conclusion of the first leg. Kenyon’s Abby Wilson catapulted the ladies into the lead on the second leg, and there was no turning back. Crile Hart (1:48.78) and Hannah Orbach-Mandel (1:48.61) closed out the night with a combined time of 7:17.43 to take the win.

William’s Laura Westphal had a big 1:47.04 anchor split to bring home the runner-up spot for Williams. Emory’s squad posted a final time of 7:20.90 for third.

Top 10 Team Scores:

  1. Emory – 351
  2. Kenyon – 340
  3. Denison – 319
  4. Williams – 245
  5. NYU – 177
  6. Chicago – 140
  7. Pomona-Pitzer – 120
  8. Amherst – 113
  9. MIT – 111
  10. Washington & Lee – 93.5

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He Said What?

Softball?????

HoosierEli

ESPN – seriously??? A conference softball game that is running beyond its expected time over a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP competition?

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