2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2019 NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY FOUR

WOMEN’S 100 YARD FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA Record: 48.98 3/20/2010, Kendra Stern, Amherst

FINALS QUALIFIERS:

  1. Fiona Muir, Emory – 50.14
  2. Maddie Hopkins, Denison – 50.33
  3. Megan Taylor, Emory – 50.54
  4. Abby Wilson, Kenyno – 50.57
  5. Rebecca Erwin, Birmingham Southern – 50.60
  6. Brooke Barnes, Wheaton College – 50.73
  7. Lucena Daro, Emory – 50.75
  8. Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon – 50.79
  9. Emmie Mirus, Kenyon – 50.92
  10. Sophie May, Ursinus – 50.97
  11. Olivia Haskell, Connecticut College – 51.07
  12. Mollie Seidner, Wash U. – 51.13
  13. Kelly Darvey, SUNY Cortland – 51.19
  14. Deidra Osula, SUNY Geneseo – 51.22
  15. Kristen Petersen, John’s Hopkins – 51.35
  16. Samantha Senczysyn, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 51.37

Olivia Haskell of Connecticut College took it out quick in the first circle seeded heat, but it was Wheaton College’s Brooke Barnes and Emory’s Lucena Daro who took the top two spots, the only swimmers under 51 point at 50.73 and 50.75. Haskell finished third with a 51.07.

Denison’s Maddie Hopkins put her head down on the last 25 to win the second fastest heat in a swift 50.33. Emory got another sub 51 swim out of Megan Taylor, whose 50.54 earned her second in the heat. Birmingham Southern’s Rebecca Erwin has been solid all weekend – she took third in a time of 50.60

Defending champion Fiona Muir of Emory lead by a wide margin from the start, and despite receiving heavy chase from Kenyon’s Abby Wilson in the last 10 yards, she secured the top qualifying spot for tonight’s finals with a 50.14. Abby Wilson followed in tow with her 50.57, and her teammate Emmie Mirus cracked 51 for the first time to clinch third in 50.92.

WOMEN’S 200 YARD BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA Record: 1:55.67 3/24/2018, Crile Hart, Kenyon

FINALS QUALIFIERS:

  1. Crile Hart, Kenyon – 1:58.18
  2. Meghan Peel, Hope – 1:59.56
  3. Jessilyn Ecklund, Vassar – 2:00.38
  4. Laura Rosado, MIT – 2:00.71
  5. Delaney Ambrosen, Kenyon – 2:01.24
  6. Sydney Okubo, John’s Hopkins – 2:01.39
  7. Gillian Gagnard, Chicago – 2:01.72
  8. Gaige Elms, Emory – 2:02.17
  9. Jessica Chau, Carnegie Melon – 2:02.31
  10. Caitlin Foley, Kenyon – 2:02.35
  11. Bridgitte Kwong, Amherst – 2:02.50
  12. Gwyneth Maloy, Williams – 2:02.51
  13. Megan Beaulier, RPI – 2:02.53
  14. Summer Otazu, Kenyon – 2:02.69
  15. Abigail Matheny, Williams – 2:02.77
  16. Mabel Fowler, Trinity – 2:02.99

Hope College’s Meghan Peel crack two minutes en route to take the top spot in the first circle seeded heats, clocking a 1:59.56. Chicago’ Gillian Gagnard picked up the runner-up spot from lane 1, swimming a 2:01.72; while Kenyon’s Summer Otazu claimed the third spot from lane 8 in a time of 2:02.69.

In the next heat, Vassar freshman Jessilyn Ecklund and John’s Hopkin’s Sydney Okubu played cat and mouse for the first 150 yards, but it was Ecklund who ultimately topped the field in a time of 2:00.38. Okubu followed in close pursuit with her 2:01.39, and Trinity’s Mabel Fowler’s 2:02.99 earned her third in the heat.

Defending national champion Crile Hart held a substantial lead from the get-go, taking the top qualifier spot going into tonight in a time of 1:58.18. MIT’s Laura Rosado had a big last 50 to overtake Kenyon senior Delaney Ambrosen, as the two took the second and third spots with times of 2:00.71 and 2:01.24, respectively.

WOMEN’S 200 YARD BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA Record: 2:12.20 2/20/2016, Sam Senczyszyn, Wisconsin-Eau Claire

FINALS QUALIFIERS:

  1. Caroline White, Williams – 2:14.15
  2. KT Kustriz, Denison – 2:14.97
  3. Ashley Daniels, Emory – 2:15.78
  4. Emily Hageboeck, Washington & Lee – 2:16.90
  5. Nina Fitzgerald, Amherst – 2:17.96
  6. Alexandra Werner, Pomona-Pitzer – 2:18.11
  7. Olivia Lantry, Denison – 2:18.80
  8. Stephanie Li, Wash U. – 2:19.29
  9. Sophia Nevin, St. Olaf – 2:19.63
  10. Lara Gemar, Emory – 2:19.75
  11. Lily Kurtz, Tufts – 2:19.81
  12. Gwyneth Ledrick, John Carrol – 2:20.54
  13. Margaret Wolfson, Chicago – 2:20.61
  14. Maria Vaundreuil, Wisconsin-Lacrosse – 2:21.79
  15. Makena Markert, Kenyon – 2:23.31
  16. Nada Redza, Chicago – 2:23.62

Williams’s Caroline White had a monster last 50 to win the first circle seeded heat in dominant fashion, recording a 2:14.15. Emory senior Ashely Daniels followed in pursuit to claim the runner-up spot in a time of 2:15.78, while Pomona-Pitzer freshman clocked a 2:18.11 for third in the heat.

KT Kustriz, the defending champion from Denison, easily topped the field in the second to last heat in a time of 2:14.97. Emily Hageboeck out of Washington & Lee lunged to a second place finish in the heat, posting a 2:16.90. Amherst’s Nina Fitzgerald rounded out the heat’s top three with her third place time of 2:17.96.

Freshman Jordyn Wentzel representing Saint Kate’s obliterated the field in the final heat, hitting the pad at 2:14.24. Kate Mesaros of Denison picked up the runner-up spot with her time of 2:16.95, while Eden Bates won the battle for third in a final time of 2:19.43.

WOMEN’S 400 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY – PRELIMS

  • NCAA Record: 3:18.46 3/24/2018, Emory (Muir, Cheng, Ong, Taylor)
  1. Denison – 3:23.54
  2. Kenyon – 3:23.86
  3. Emory – 3:24.09
  4. Williams – 3:25.21
  5. Wash U. – 3:25.67
  6. Saint Kate’s – 3:26.25
  7. Connecticut College – 3:26.26
  8. Bowdoin – 3:26.51
  9. Chicago – 3:26.87
  10. Pomona-Pitzer – 3:27.07
  11. Washington & Lee – 3:27.48
  12. Bates – 3:27.87
  13. CMS – 3:27.92
  14. John’s Hopkins – 3:27.97
  15. Tufts – 3:28.22
  16. Ursinus – 3:28.24

Emory’s team of Fiona Muir (50.73), Zoe Walker (51.57), Lucenia Daro (51.03) and Megan Taylor (50.76) easily won the first circle seeded heat in a final time of 3:24.09. Connecticut College’s squad picked up second in the heat with their time of 3:26.26.

The Kenyon ladies also dominated their heat, as the quartet of Hannah Orbach-Mandel (51.36), Celina German (51.96), Abby Wilson (49.89) and Crile Hart (50.65) finished in a combined time of 3:32.86. Wash U.’s Catherine Cowin brought their relay home, as the Bears took second in the heat with a 3:25.67.

Saint Kate’s took it out fast in the final heat, but it was Denison’s squad consisting of Mia Chiappe (51.92), Casey Kirby (51.15), Gabriella Nutter (50.79) and Maddie Hopkins (49.68) who secured the win in the final 100, registering a time of 3:23.54. Williams came back on Saint Kate’s for second, thanks to a 49.81 split from Laura Westphal, as the Ephs touched the wall in 3:25.71. Saint Kate’s held on for third in the heat with their time of 3:26.25.

WOMEN’S 1650 YARD FREESTYLE – SLOWER HEATS

  • NCAA Record: 16:21.44 3/21/2015, Sarah Thompson, Williams

Top 8 Morning Swims:

  1. Natalie Zaravella, Denison – 16:56.15
  2. Nancy Nasky, SUNY Geneseo – 17:00.10
  3. Jamie Robinson, NYU – 17:01.66
  4. Olivia Lyman, Dickinson – 17:02.26
  5. Grace Wakabayashi, NYU – 17:04.23
  6. Mia Syme, CMS – 17:07.97
  7. Carlee Timmins, Rowan – 17:07.63
  8. Emma McElrath, John’s Hopkins – 17:11.31

Denison’s Natalie Zarvella cracked 17 minutes in the morning heats to achieve a new lifetime best of 16:56.15. That time would have placed third overall last year. SUNY Geneseo’s Nancy Nasky dropped 12 seconds off of her entry time to clock a 17:00.10, which also would have netted her a top eight finish last year.

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