Live Updates will be made on this Post throughout the night recapping each event as it goes on. (Last updated 3/19 at 8:34 pm.)
After prelims of the first day of the NCAA DIII National Championships, it’s impossible to think anything but how fast this meet has gotten. After jockeying for place, Denison has 9 swims for the men tonight to Kenyon’s 6. Emory and Kenyon’s women both have 9 returning swims tonight. As points go up, the energy in this place does too…
The defending national champions, the Emory Eagles, are the favorites to win again this year. With the same number of swimmers and divers, however, Kenyon has the potential to climb up to the top of the podium.
The Ephs won all but one event on their way through the final evening, en route to the NESCAC title, taking it away from defending champion Amherst.
Williams’ women have been on fire this weekend, and tonight only gave them room to extend their lead over their competitors. Williams is looking strong, with a lead over 400 points, the night before the final day of competition.
World Championship representative Chelsea Gubecka is on a golden run after taking out the girl’s 15 years Australian Age open water title…
The Ephs of Williams certainly had a weekend filled with fast swimming. On Friday they faced off against the MIT Engineers and came out on top (192-97 for women, 159-137 for men). Less than eighteen hours later, the Ephs were back up on the blocks racing NESCAC competitors Middlebury and again came out victorious (185-108 for women, 197-101 for men).
In what has to be one of the most exciting rivalries of Division III swimming, the Ephs of Williams College faced off against the Jeffs of Amherst on Saturday night. After a close start and some back and forth, Williams was victorious taking the meet 189-104.
So, after some heavy duty training, December’s midseason meets gave us all some fast swims to marvel at and enjoy. But the big question on everyone’s mind is always – so what next? Midseason is a great way to look forward to what might be coming up in March for those athletes who will be rep-ing their teams at IUPUI in March for the NCAA meet.
Williams’ women proved too dominant a force for Union College at their meet on Saturday. The Ephs won handily, 206-86, taking their winning streak to two. Williams won every event, and were at least 1-2 in everything but the 100 butterfly.
Coming out of a season full of both unsettling defeat and ultimate triumph, the Williams women’s swim team looks ahead to the upcoming year with excitement and determination. With their freshly minted batch of 11 freshmen, the Ephs reflect upon their last season, while also eagerly awaiting the intensity of the new one.
A quick who’s who of the DIII swim world for both men and women in the upcoming 2013-14 season. (Photo: Janna Schulze/SwimSwam.com)