Emory swim teams win national championship

The Emory men’s and women’s swim and dive team won the Division III national championship.

The Emory University swimming and diving teams dominated the Division III championship swim meets in Shenandoah, Texas.

The women’s swim and dive team won its eighth consecutive national championship and the 10th overall in program history, while the men’s team won its first national championship in program history March 18. The two titles mark the 21st and 22nd Division III championships in the history of the Emory Athletics program.

The women’s team won nine event national titles, including a sweep of all five relay events for the second consecutive year. Emory set four new Division III records and collected 28 All-American finishes—23 individual and five relays and added 15 honorable mention All-America certificates. Emory finished with 645.5 team points, more than 200 points ahead of second place Williams (445).

Emory set four new Division III records and collected 28 All-American finishes—23 individual and five relays and added 15 honorable mention All-America certificates. Emory finished with 645.5 team points, more than 200 points ahead of second place Williams (445).

Head Coach Jon Howell was named the Collegiate Swimmers Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year after the meet for the sixth time in his career and the second consecutive year. Howell was also named the CSCAA Men’s Coach of the Year.

Sophomore Julia Durmer won the 1,650-freestyle title with a school record time of 16:27.82, more than 12 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Fiona Muir followed by winning the 100-freestyle, also setting a school record at 49.28.

The 400-freestyle relay team featuring Muir, seniors Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Marissa Bergh and freshman Caroline Olson won the event with a time of 3:19.56, a new Division III record.

Adding All-America honors for Emory were Bergh (5th, 50.60) and Sanchez-Aizcorbe (6th, 50.77) in the 100-freestyle, junior Cindy Cheng in the 200-backstroke (3rd, 1:58.62) and senior Annelise Kowalsky (4th, 2:15.63) and sophomore Ashley Daniels (6th, 2:17.50) in the 200-breaststroke.

Emory’s honorable mention All-Americans were junior Ming Ong in the 1,650-freestyle (11th, 17:06.48), Olson (11th, 50.77) in the 100-freestyle, junior Sia Beasley in the 200-backstroke (15th, 2:03.24), sophomore Hannah Lally (10th, 2:18.16) and junior Megan Campbell in the 200-breaststroke (15th, 2:20.87).

The men’s national title comes after the program finished in the top-three at nationals 13 times including second-place finishes in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009. In past championship meets, Emory never won more than three events. The Eagles won eight during the four-day championship meet.

Emory finished with 438 points, 54 more than second place Kenyon College. Emory also set five Division III records, had 16 All-America finishes and had four honorable mention All-Americans.

Senior Andrew Wilson was named the Swimmer of the Year for the second time in his career after winning three individual titles—200-individual medley, 100-breaststroke and 200-breaststroke. He was also a part of the 200- and 400-medley relay teams that won the events. All of Wilson’s five wins set new Division III records.

Following Wilson’s win in the 200-breaststroke, the 400-freestyle relay team of sophomore Trey Kolleck, juniors Alexander Hardwick, Oliver Smith and senior Hayes Burdette-Sapp defended their title, breaking the school record with a time of 2:56.68.

All-America honors went to Smith in the 100-freestyle, who finished third overall. During preliminaries, he broke his previous school record, touching the wall at 43.54. Sophomore Matt Rogers, who also received All-American honors, finished fifth overall in the 200-backstroke.

Junior Henry Copses, Kolleck and freshman Sage Ono also earned honorable mention All-America honors. Copses was 14th in the 1650-freestyle (15:46.31), Kolleck was 16th overall in the 100-freestyle, while Ono was 14th in the 200-backstroke.

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