Emory Women End 2017 NCAAs With D3 Record in 400 Free Relay

Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

To finish off their utterly dominant NCAA D3 Championships performance this week, the Emory women won the 400 free relay in a new D3 record. The quartet of Fiona MuirMarcela Sanchez-AizcorbeCaroline Olson and Marissa Bergh combined for a final time of 3:19.56, taking nearly two full seconds out of the old record. Emory held the record previously, but with a different foursome– Renee RosenkranzNancy LarsonAnn Wolber and Anna Dobben from the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Muir, the 100 free champion, got things started with a 49.93 lead-off leg to push Emory to a sizable lead, and Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Olson went back-to-back 49’s to give Bergh a near four second cushion. Bergh anchored in 50-flat, sealing the deal for the Eagles. They were well under the old record of 3:21.28.

Split Comparison

EMORY (2013, OLD RECORD) EMORY, 2017 (NEW RECORD)
 Rosenkranz 50.54  Muir 49.93
 Larson 49.68  Sanchez-Aizcorbe 49.91
 Wolber 51.38  Olson 49.72
 Dobben 49.68  Bergh 50.00
Total:  3:21.28  3:19.56

Larson and Dobben were hammer legs for the 2013 team, but an overall impressive effort across the board for the 2017 team made a huge difference. Their 3:19.56 put them well ahead of 2nd place Williams (3:23.11) and 3rd place Kenyon (3:23.37). With that swim, the Emory Eagles officially won the NCAA title with 645.5 points, 200.5 points ahead of 2nd place Williams (445).

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studies and swims at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and has been in the pool ever since. He misses Vine.

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