Emory Women Earn 7th Straight National Crown at 2016 DIII Championship

Emory University clinched its seventh straight NCAA Division III team title on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Eagles won only one individual event over the four days but swept all five relays. They had the deepest bench at the meet, placing individual swimmers in 18 A finals and 13 B finals.

The Eagles’ lone individual title came from sophomore Julia Wawer who won the 200 free on Thursday. Other swimmers with multiple top-8 performances over the weekend include sophomore Rebecca Upton (500/1650 free, 200 fly), junior Annelise Kowalsky (200 IM, 100/200 breast), freshman Fiona Muir (50/100 free), junior Marissa Bergh (50/100 free), and Cindy Cheng (200 free, 100 back).

Kenyon College was runner-up, after having placed fourth in 2015. The Ladies had 18 top-8 individual performances in swimming and diving events and 6 trips to the consolation finals. All five of their relays made A finals. Kenyon pulled to within 2 points of Emory on Day Two and it looked like there might be a real title race for the first time in recent memory, but Emory swung for the fences on Day Three while the Ladies stumbled, and suddenly we were back where we started. Nevertheless, Kenyon had a stellar meet. Freshman Marysol Arce won two events (500/1650 free), senior Maria Zarka won 1-meter diving, and senior Hannah Lobb won the 100 free.

Williams and Denison were in a battle for third, but the Big Red had trouble with morning swims and lost ground to the Ephs. Johns Hopkins, Amherst Wash U, NYU, MIT, Wheaton and Eau Claire were well-balanced at the next tier; they shuffled and reshuffled the deck, and any one of them could have come out on top but it was Hopkins’ stellar morning performances, especially by relays, that allowed the Blue Jays to rise to the top.

St. Thomas junior Emma Paulson was the only three-event winner at the 2016 Championships, for which she was awarded Swimmer of the Meet honors. Paulson won the 50 free and 100/200 back, narrowly missing the NCAA record in the latter.

2016 CSCAA Awards for Division III Women’s Meet:

  • Women’s Diver of the Year: Sarah Sheridan, senior Hope College
  • Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Zack Golin, Hope College
  • Women’s Swimmer of the Meet: Emma Paulson, junior, St. Thomas
  • Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Jon Howell, Emory

Below are the final scores for all the women’s teams at the 2016 Division III Championships.

Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Vs Prelims Vs Psych
Emory University 127 270 407 560 31.5 81
Kenyon College 119 268 338 476 -4 35
Williams College 64 182 258 386 -27 5
Denison University 79 182 238 329 -15 -55
Johns Hopkins University 21 102 149 188 18 109
Amherst College 44 96 131 158 16 9
Washington University (MO) 14 59 103 146 -9 5
New York University 29 81 95 132 9 -8
Mass Institute of Technology 25 71 86 131 -9 -38
Wheaton College (IL) 22 90 100 124 -6 -8
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 46 82 102 119 3.5 -7
Bates College 36 70 82 96 22 19
University of St. Thomas 20 28 48 82 7 -8
University of Chicago 4 27 66 79 -16 -27
Connecticut College 14 33 61 74 10 10
Calvin College 5 35 37 60 -29 -9
Pomona-Pitzer 29 37 41 41 2 8
Trinity University 0 12 12 41 3 4
DePauw University 15 15 23 39 -9 -29
Ithaca College 0 20 20 37 -4 -4
Hope College 0 16 16 36 5 5
Springfield College 0 0 22 35 7 5
SUNY Fredonia 0 17 17 33 5 5
Illinois Wesleyan University 9 19 27 33 2 -3
Washington & Lee University 2 2 15 29 -6 17
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 0 0 12 27 -1 14
Luther College 0 0 17 26 -8 -8
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 0 0 15 26 1 -6
Wellesley College 0 6 6 23 -3 -3
Centre College 0 13 13 22 8 8
Stevens Institute of Technology 0 8 11 21 11 10
Bowdoin College 0 14 16 19 3 -8
Mount Holyoke College 3 19 19 19 4 0
Middlebury College 14 14 18 18 -18 -15
Colorado College 0 16 16 16 1 2
Keene State 15 15 15 16 -2 -17
University of Mary Washington 14 14 14 16 5 -3
Rochester Institute of Technology 0 14 14 14 -1 -1
Vassar College 0 0 14 14 0 9
Franklin & Marshall College 0 0 0 13 -2 -2
SUNY Brockport 0 12 12 12 -1 -1
William Smith 0 0 11 12 -7 8
Grove City College 0 7 11 11 -5 5
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 0 0 0 11 -2 -20
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 0 11 11 11 -3 -3
Tufts University 0 0 5 10 0 -7
Ursinus College 0 2 9 9 0 3
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 0 7 7 7 0 0
Union College (NY) 0 0 0 5 4 -1
Kalamazoo College 2 2 2 3 -2 -45
Gustavus Adolphus College 2 2 2 2 1 -38
Mount Union 0 0 0 2 2 -2
University of Redlands 1 2 2 2 -4 2
SUNY Cortland 0 1 1 1 -1 -1
Mills College 0 0 1 1 -8 -3

 

 

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