KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Emory senior April Whitley won the first individual national championship of her career, leading the Eagles during the third of four days of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
Whitley claimed her first career individual national championship, and her third title overall this meet, winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.11 in the final, after posting a school-record mark of 1:01.81 in the preliminaries. It was the 22nd individual championship in the history of the women’s program, and the 29th overall including relays. Whitley won the fifth 100-yard breaststroke national championship in the women’s program’s history and first since Kendal Hansen’s title in the event in 1993.
The Emory women maintained their firm grip on first place in the team standings heading into the final day of competition. The Eagles have 420 points to easily lead second-place Denison (328 points) and third-place Williams (301 points).
Besides Whitley’s performance, the Eagles set school records in two other events during the day.
Freshman Sadie Nennig broke the program record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.80 seconds, finishing second overall. The Eagles’ 800-yard freestyle relay team also set a school record with a time of 7:20.22, as Anne Culpepper, Whitley Taylor, Katie Mroz and Liz Horvat finished second overall in the event.
Also earning all-America honors during day three was Leslie Hackler, who finished seventh in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly after swimming a time of 2:02.75 in the preliminaries.
Picking up all-America honorable mentions during the day were Laura Manor in the 200-yard butterfly (15th place, 2:04.83), Jacqueline Schneider in the 100-yard backstroke (11th place, 56.73 seconds) and Jennifer Aronoff in the 100-yard breaststroke (ninth place, 1:03.73).