Conference meets in full force
Notes: Susquehanna wins tightest race in league history
A total of 28 conferences across all three NCAA divisions will hold their championship meets this weekend.
Division I conference championships include America East, Big East, Big Ten, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley, Northeast Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference and Summit League.
The shortest list of schools with championships this weekend belongs to Division II, as its NCAA meet begins in just three weeks. Conferences swimming championships this weekend include the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Sunshine State Conference.
In Division III, the bulk of championships take place Thursday through Saturday. The extensive list includes: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, Bluegrass Mountain Conference, Centennial Conference, Collegiate Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Midwest Conference, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, North Eastern Athletic Conference, Ohio Athletic Conference, President’s Athletic Conference, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, University Athletic Association and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Need to Know
• Arizona junior Alyssa Anderson was instrumental in the Wildcats’ 177-123 victory against Arizona State. Anderson led off the meet by winning the 200 butterfly (1:57.59, NCAA “B” cut) before winning the 500 freestyle (4:50.19, NCAA “B” cut) and 200 IM (2:02.51)
• The Susquehanna women’s team came out on top in the tightest finish in the four-year history of the Landmark Conference Championship, holding off a last-day charge from three-time defending champion Scranton by a 433-394 margin. Catholic University of America was third (374) followed by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (306), Drew (235), Juniata (177) and Goucher College (126).
• Maura Donahue, a sophomore at Indianapolis, won three individual events and was a member of a winning relay team for the Greyhounds at the GLIAC Championships. She won the 100 freestyle (50.37, NCAA “A” cut) and 200 free (1:49.52, NCAA “A” cut”), both with pool- and meet-record times. She also won the 1,000 free (10:03.60, NCAA “A” cut) and led Indianapolis to relay victories in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.789, NCAA “A” cut) and 800 free relay (7:33.42, NCAA “A” cut).
• At the NCAC Championships, Denison’s Ksenia Golovkina collected five conference titles and set conference records in both breaststroke events. She swam the 50 freestyle (23.83, NCAA “B” cut), 100 breaststroke (1:02.91, NCAA “A” cut) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.40, NCAA “A” cut).
• Georgia’s 800 free relay team set an American, SEC and pool record in a first-place time of 6:53.58 on the opening day of the SEC Championships. The team was comprised of Morgan Scroggy, Chelsea Nauta, Melanie Margalis and Allison Schmitt and qualified for next month’s NCAA Championships.
• Auburn stands in first place after day one of the swimming portion with 166 points.
• Auburn’s 200 medley relay team posted a first-place and NCAA “A” standard time of 1:36.11.
• North Carolina won the 200 medley relay for the first time in 10 years and set a pair of school records on opening night at the ACC Championships. The 200 medley relay time of 1:37.89 broke the Georgia Tech pool record, while the second-place 800 free relay team set a school record in 7:06.32.
• Indiana set a Big Ten Championship and pool record time of 7:01.13 on the opening night of the Big Ten Championships at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.
• Virginia’s Rachel Naurath, Liz Shaw, Kristen Moores and Lauren Perdue set a pool, meet and conference record in the 800 free relay, touching in 7:03.00. It was also an NCAA “B” standard time.