2022 NCAA Division III Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2022 NCAA DIVISION III SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final session of the 2022 NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Championships is here, and with it we have a barn burner in the women’s team race. It’s a toss-up between Kenyon, who enter the session leading Emory by 4 points and Denison by 4.5 points. Meanwhile, Emory holds a solid lead on the men’s side of things, and are likely to hold on for the win.

TOP 10 WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3

  1. Kenyon – 311
  2. Emory – 307
  3. Denison – 306.5
  4. Williams – 223
  5. Tufts – 156
  6. Chicago – 155
  7. Pomona-Pitzer – 151
  8. MIT – 132
  9. Johns Hopkins – 130.5
  10. Claremont MS – 118.5

TOP 10 MEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3

  1. Emory – 338
  2. Denison – 257
  3. Johns Hopkins – 248
  4. Williams – 234
  5. Chicago – 223
  6. Kenyon – 216.5
  7. MIT – 186.5
  8. Claremont MS – 172
  9. Wash U MO – 112
  10. John Carroll – 89

MEN’S 1650 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 14:56.44 12/1/2016 Arthur Conover, Kenyon
  • Meet Record: 14:59.56 3/18/2017 Arthur Conover, Kenyon
  • 2019 Winner: 15:14.84 Thomas Gordon, Emory

Podium:

  1. Kellen Roddy (JHU) – 15:13.37
  2. Lucas Lang (CMS) – 15:17.24
  3. Thomas Pritchard (NYU) – 15:18.22

Johns Hopkins sophomore Kellen Roddy clocked a new personal best en route to winning the men’s 1650 free, pulling away from Claremont MS freshman Lucas Lang on the around the 1300 mark, and growing his lead to 4 seconds by the end. Roddy took 3 seconds off his personal best with the swim.

NYU’s Thomas Pritchard was the top seed in the event, and came in 3rd, swimming a 15:18.22. It was a huge event for NYU, as they took 3rd, 4th, and 5th. It was an incredibly deep 1650 this year, taking 15:21.91 to finish 8th.

WOMEN’S 1650 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: * 16:21.44 3/21/2015 Sarah Thompson, Williams
  • 2019 Winner: 16:35.50 Laura Westphal, Williams

Podium:

  1. Kristin Cornish (JHU) – 16:33.24
  2. Taryn Wisner (DEN) – 16:40.23
  3. Maggie Menso (SCU) – 16:43.96

Johns Hopkins freshman Kristin Cornish took the women’s 1650 in a massive season best of 16:33.24, touching 7 seconds ahead of the field. Although the time was a season best by 15 seconds for Cornish, it was off her personal best of 16:25.86, which she swam in February of 2021.

It was a huge event for Denison, with Taryn Wisner, a freshman coming in 2nd with a 16:40.23, Tara Witkowski finishing 4th in 16:47.18, and Alix O’Brien Taking 5th with a 16:51.81. With the performance in the event, Denison has jumped into the lead in the team standings, now sitting at 352.5 points, with Emory at 327 and Kenyon at 323.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: * 42.98 3/24/2018 Oliver Smith, Emory
  • 2019 Winner: 43.31 Trey Kolleck, Emory

Podium:

  1. Tobe Obochi (MIT) – 43.36
  2. Kevin Gilooly (ROWA) – 43.69
  3. James McChesney (TCNJ) – 43.76

MIT sophomore Tobe Obochi led prelims in 43.44, then clipped that time tonight, swimming a 43.36 to get his hand on the wall first by 0.33 seconds. TCNJ’s James McChesney had the early edge out of the top 3 finishers, taking the race out in 20.91, but was unable to hold off Obochi and Rowan’s Kevin Gilooly on the back half.

It was Emory sophomore Nicholas Goudie who had the early speed, throwing down a blistering 20.32 on the first 50 of the race. He was also overtaken on the back half, however, splitting 23.53, and ultimately finishing 5th with a 43.85.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 48.98 3/20/2010 Kendra Stern, Amherst
  • 2019 Winner: 49.37 Fiona Muir, Emory

Podium:

  1. Emmie Mirus (KEN) – 49.90
  2. Avery Turney (PP) – 50.10
  3. Taylor Leone (EMOR) – 50.25

Kenyon picked up their first win of the night, with senior Emmie Mirus clocking the only sub-50 in the field to win the title. Mirus was in control of the race from the start, posting the fastest split in the field on the first 50 (23.56).

Emory’s Taylor Leone was right behind at the halfway point, flipping in 23.64, but the gap between she and Mirus only widened through the back half of the race.

Pomona-Pitzer’s Avery Turney, just a freshman, had the fastest 2nd 50 in the field, coming home in 26.14. That closing speed was enough to propel her into 2nd at the finish.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 1:43.43 3/19/2022 Yurii Kosian, Kenyon
  • 2019 Winner: 1:44.04 Byrne Litschgi, Chicago

Podium:

  1. Tanner Filion (WTMN) – 1:41.49
  2. Yurii Kosian (KEN) – 1:42.90
  3. Jack Wadsworth (IC) – 1:44.44

Whitman junior Tanner Filion blew away his prelims performance, pulling away from the field with a 1:41.49. That performance also broke the NCAA DIII record, which was just set this morning by Yurii Kosian of Kenyon. Kosian actually dropped another 0.53 seconds from his record-breaking performance this morning, taking 2nd in 1:42.90.

Filion established himself early in the race, splitting 23.48 on the first 50, which at that point already put him over a second ahead of everyone else. Kosian did begin to close a bit on Filion on the back half of the race, but it wasn’t nearly enough to track him down.

Ithaca freshman Jack Wadsworth, who broke the DIII record in the 100 back yesterday, took 3rd with a 1:44.44, just a touch off the 1:44.07 he swam in prelims. With all 3 men returning next year, this is surely going to be one of the most exciting races of the 2023 DIII NCAAs as well.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

Podium:

  1. Crile Hart (KEN) – 1:56.54
  2. Sophia Verkleeren (WILL) – 1:58.21
  3. Kate Augustyn (MIT) – 1:58.84

Kenyon has retaken the lead in the team standings, thanks to their efforts in the 200 back. Crile Hart, the DIII record-holder, was in a league of her own tonight, speeding to a 1:56.54 finish. While she was off her DIII record of 1:55.67, Hart took the lead on the 2nd 50, and never looked back. She was the only swimmer in the field to split under 30 seconds on the final 50, clocking a speedy 29.36.

It was a pair of freshmen who were next into the finish. Williams’ Sophia Verkleeren swam a 1:58.21, while MIT’s Kate Augustyn touched in 1:58.84.

Kenyon also picked up a 4th-place finish from Olivia Smith (1:59.29).

 

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record:  1:50.80 3/18/2017 Andrew Wilson, Emory
  • 2019 Winner: 1:57.34 Jason Hamilton, Emory

Podium:

  1. Jason Hamilton (EMOR) – 1:55.83
  2. Michael Bylander (UWEC) – 1:56.81
  3. Kyle Wu (JHU) – 1:57.47

Emory’s Jason Hamilton left little room for doubt as he roared to a 1:55.83 to win the 200 breast title. He split the race excellently, taking it out in 26.20, then splitting 29.50 and 29.85 on teh next 2 50s, before coming home in 30.28.

Michael Bylander came in 2nd with a 1:56.81, while Kyle Wu touched 3rd in 1:57.47.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 2:10.66 2/19/2022 Jordyn Wentzel, St. Kate’s
  • Meet Record: 2:12.27 3/24/2018 KT Kustritz, Denison
  • 2019 Winner: 2:12.33 KT Kustritz, Denison

Podium:

  1. Jordyn Wentzel (SCU) – 2:10.06
  2. Amanda Wager (WILL) – 2:13.20
  3. Jannah Fadely (KEN) – 2:14.57

This was Jordyn Wentzel‘s race from start to finish The St. Kate’s senior cracked her own DIII record by 0.60 seconds, roaring to a 2:10.06. She was absolutely phenomenal, establishing a nearly 2-second lead at the 100 mark, then growing that lead by another second on the back half of the race.

her swim marks the 2nd DIII record of the session, and the 3rd of the day!

Kenyon freshman Jannah Fadely had established a slim early lead over Williams’ Amanda Wager (sophomore) on the first 100, but was unable to hold that lead, finishing 3rd.

WOMEN’S 3-METER DIVING – FINALS

  • NCAA Record:  517.10 3/20/2010 Hayley Emerick, Trinity
  • 2019 Winner: 498.45 Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst

Podium:

  1. Ava Lowell (IC) – 486.45
  2. Elizabeth Cron (CHIC) – 472.85
  3. Katarina Partalas (TRIN) – 457.85

The veterans won out in women’s 3-meter diving tonight. Ava Lowell, an Ithaca 5th year, won with a score of 486.45, with Chicago senior Elizabeth Cron and Trinity senior Katarina Partalas taking 2nd and 3rd.

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: * 2:53.59 3/24/2012 , Kenyon (Somers, Turk, Ramsey, Richardson)
  • 2019 Winner: 2:57.52 Denison

Podium:

  1. MIT – 2:54.38
  2. Emory – 2:56.04
  3. Denison – 2:56.97

The MIT squad took over the lead on the 2nd leg of the race and never looked back. Tobe Obochi led the squad off in 43.76, followed by Jaden Luo, who also split 43.76, then Kyri Chen in 43.50, and Alex Ellison in 43.36, for an incredibly consistent relay.

Emory was out ahead of MIT thanks to Nicholas Goudie‘s 43.51 lead-off split, but faded back as the race progressed.

With the conclusion of the race, Emory has officially won the men’s team title!

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 3:18.46 3/24/2018 , Emory (Muir, Cheng, Ong, Taylor)
  • 2019 Winner: 3:20.05 Kenyon

Podium:

  1. Emory – 3:20.86
  2. Pomona-Pitzer – 3:21.64
  3. Kenyon – 3:22.73

Emory picked off the final event of the meet, winning the women’s 400 free relay with a 3:20.86. Anchor Caroline Maki punctuated the team’s performance, tearing home in 49.60 to leave no doubt of their victory. Taylor Leone led the team off in 50.53, followed by Cailen Chinn in 50.33, then Zoe Walker in 50.40.

Although Emory won the race, Kenyon won the meet, snapping a 10-year-streak by Emory.

FINAL SCORES

WOMEN

  1. Kenyon – 446
  2. Emory – 439
  3. Denison – 411.5
  4. Williams – 289
  5. Pomona-Pitzer – 226
  6. Chicago – 219
  7. Tufts – 200
  8. MIT – 190
  9. Johns Hopkins – 185.5
  10. St. Kate’s – 171
  11. Claremont MS – 156.5
  12. Amherst – 118
  13. NYU – 117
  14. Bates – 113.5
  15. Wheaton MA – 55
  16. Connecticut – 54
  17. Bowdoin – 49
  18. Ithaca – 43
  19. Hope College – 40
  20. Mary Washington – 36
  21. Wash U MO – 33
  22. Trinity University – 31
  23. Nazareth – 27
  24. Carnegie Mellon – 25.5
  25. Gustavus – 21
  26. Wittenberg – 20
  27. TCNJ – 16
  28. UW-Stevens Point – 15
  29. SUNY Cortland – 14
  30. Illinois Wesleyan – 13
  31. Case Western – 12
  32. Mount Holyoke/Caltech – 11
  33. Albion – 10.5
  34. Hamilton – 9
  35. Ursinus/Middlebury – 8
  36. Colby – 7
  37. Centre College – 6
  38. Roger Williams – 5
  39. Colorado College – 4
  40. St. Olaf/Washington & Lee – 2
  41. Wellesley/Whitworth/SUNY Geneseo – 1

 

MEN

  1. Emory – 427.5
  2. Johns Hopkins – 340
  3. Denison – 339.5
  4. Williams – 290
  5. Kenyon – 282.5
  6. Mit – 275.5
  7. Chicago – 257
  8. Claremont MS – 230.5
  9. Wash U MO – 158
  10. Rowan – 109
  11. NYU – 106
  12. Calvin – 98
  13. John Carroll – 94
  14. Carnegie Mellon – 91.5
  15. Pomona-Pitzer – 72
  16. UW Eau Claire – 64
  17. Franklin & Marshall – 62
  18. Ithaca – 57
  19. TCNJ – 56
  20. Cal Lutheran – 53
  21. Tufts/Whitman – 49
  22. Whitworth – 37
  23. Bates – 35
  24. Suny Geneseo – 34
  25. Trinity University – 29
  26. Rhodes College – 24
  27. Caltech – 21
  28. Westminster – 20
  29. Coast Guard – 19
  30. Swarthmore – 15
  31. Springfield College – 14
  32. Stevens – 11
  33. Conn College – 9
  34. Birmingham Southern – 6
  35. Hope College – 5
  36. Franklin College/Catholic UA – 3
  37. Bowdoin/Colby – 2
  38. Roger Williams/Carthage/Gustavus – 1

 

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EAGLES
10 months ago

Absolute statement win. Emory men force for the foreseeable future. LFGG

D3 for life
10 months ago

So so so so proud of these kenyon ladies. What a way for crile and emmie to finish their kenyon swimming careers

Joe Lang
10 months ago

That’s Lucas Lang who took second in the 1650. He might be “long”, but his name is Lang.

PFA
10 months ago

2:10.06 new D3 record

SwimSam
10 months ago

1:41:49… If he wasn’t a junior I would say that records up there with Wilson’s, what an incredible swim!

THEO
Reply to  SwimSam
10 months ago

Idk about that but I do think it was the swim of the meet on the mens side. total surprise too I mean what was his PR before this year?

PFA
Reply to  THEO
10 months ago

1:47

THEO
10 months ago

wow… Filion 1:41.4 2back and with a terribly timed finish too

PFA
10 months ago

OMG 1:41.49 HE JUST OBLITERATED THE D3 RECORD BY ALMOST 2 SECONDS WHAT DID I JUST WATCH???

THEO
10 months ago

big upset for Obochi. stellar swim. Goudie looked unbeatable the first 75, but seemed to tighten at the end