Emory continues to hold lead after Day 2 of national championships
Emory won the national championship in the 200 yard freestyle relay for the second year in a row, helping bolster the Eagles' lead in the team standings after two days at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Eagles' 200 freestyle relay opened the meet with the squad's first national championship of 2013, as senior Renee Rosenkranz, sophomore Nancy Larson, senior Ann Wolber and senior Anna Dobben won the event with a time of 1:32.93. It was the program's consecutive NCAA title in the event, and the fourth time in the last five years that Emory has claimed victory in the relay.
The win marked the 12th relay national championship in the program's history, and the 37th NCAA title overall by an Emory individual or relay. It was Wolber's sixth career national championship, the third each for Rosenkranz and Dobben, and the second for Larson.
The Emory women also claimed an all-America finish in the 400 medley relay, as the combination of junior Sadie Nennig, junior Kylie McKenzie, senior Leslie Hackler and Larson finished third with a time of 3:44.49.
The Eagles' best individual finish of the meet came from Dobben, who finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.64. Dobben has now claimed three All-America certificates through the first two days of the meet, and has 10 during her two-year Emory career.
In the 400 individual medley, sophomore Michelle York paced a group of Eagles in the championship final, finishing third with a time of 4:22.67 to earn her first career All-America honor. Senior Taryn Lushinsky was close behind, finishing fourth with a mark of 4:23.24 for her fourth career all-America certificate, while junior Brooke Woodward earned her second career All-America honor, finishing fifth (4:24.61 in the preliminaries) and sophomore Megan Beach claimed her second of the meet with a seventh-place finish (4:25.27 in the preliminaries). Mia Michalak won the consolation final to earn an All-America honorable mention with a ninth-place finish, a one-spot improvement in the event from last season.
Adding an All-America honorable mention for the Emory women was Hackler, who finished 11th in the 100 butterfly, swimming a time of 56.13 seconds in the preliminaries.
After two days, the Emory women lead in the team standings with a total of 312.5 points. The Eagles increased their margin slightly during the second day against second-place Kenyon, which sits in second-place with 254 points. Denison is in third place with 198 points.