March 20, 2009

Courtesy of Macalester College

Macalester College is proud to host the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

NCAA web sites for Division III women's swimming & diving championships:
Women | Men

Women's Links: Who's in | 2009 Psych Sheet

Men's Links: Who's in | 2009 Psych Sheet

Wednesday: Prelims | Complete Results

Thursday: Complete Results

Friday: Complete Results

Preliminary round events begin at 10 a.m. each day and finals get started at 5:30 p.m. each day.

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Courtesy of Kenyon

MINNEAPOLIS (March 20, 2009) Kenyon College senior Tracy Menzel (Greencastle, IN/Greencastle) put a little extra icing on top of a swimming career that was already well layered. Friday night, Menzel won the 100-yard breaststroke for the second time in three seasons and helped the Ladies increase their lead during the third night of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship.

Menzel won the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2007 championship, but had to settle for a runner-up position last season. On Friday night she reclaimed the top spot by clocking in at 1:02.76. That time replaced her previous Kenyon record of 1:02.94. Menzel is now the owner of three career NCAA titles and 15 career All-America awards.

Good news for the Ladies kept rolling in when freshman Alisa Vereshchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) touched the wall just after Menzel. Vereshchagin's second-place time was 1:03.49. That one-two punch help boost Kenyon to a team total of 426 points. The Denison University Big Red surged into second place, but their total of 312 points still trailed Kenyon by 114. Emory University dropped to third place with 311.5 points.

The results of the 100-yard breaststroke were preceded by a trio of top-eight finishes from Carolyn Barer (Edina, MN/St. Patrick's), Danielle Arad (Yorba Linda, CA/Tarbut V'Torah) and Lauren Brady (Tyngsboro, MA/Phillips Exeter). Barer took fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.68. It was a final step forward for Barer, a senior who placed sixth last season with a time of 58.03. One event earlier, Arad, a junior, claimed sixth place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time 2:03.90. Brady, a sophomore, was right behind her with a seventh-place finish and a time of 2:04.31.

The Ladies concluded the third night of competition with a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Arad teamed with Tina Ertel (Halle, Germany/Sportgymnasium Halle), Kati Meirs (Cream Ridge, NJ/Peddie), and Catarina Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Sao Luis) to post a time of 7:25.18. That cleared the old Kenyon record of 7:25.96, which was set in 2008.

Kenyon must now get through one more night in order to clutch its 23rd national championship trophy in the past 26 years. The Ladies will take the next step in tomorrow's 11 a.m. preliminaries, followed by the fourth and final championship session, which starts at 6:30 p.m.