Emory breaks records on way to fourth team national championship in a row
SHENANDOAH, Texas -- The Emory Eagles earned their fourth consecutive national championship at the 2013 NCAA women’s DIII Swimming and Diving Championships with a cumulative point total of 619 Saturday at the Conroe Natatorium.
The Eagles now possess six NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving titles and keep their championship streak alive. Kenyon and Denison finished second and third, respectively, with point totals of 483 and 363. Williams and John Hopkins would also finish among the Top 5 with totals of 204 and 290, respectively.
The championship winning Eagles would claim victory in their final event of the finals, winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with the previous 200-yard freestyle relay team of Renee Rosencranz, Ann Wolber, Nancy Larson and Anna Dobben with an NCAA-record time of 3:21.28, surpassing the record previously held by Denison set in 2009 by .71 seconds.
“It’s so much fun throughout the year just knowing this is our goal, this is the aim of the whole season, everything we do is for this meet and not any other,” Dobben said. “Being on a relay like this is exciting, we didn’t expect we were going to be so far ahead this morning. We knew we were going to own the relay the rest of the night and it was ours.”
Redlands sophomore Chandra Lukes snagged the championship title in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.22. Emory’s swimmers Dobben, Rosenkranz and Larson would finish fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 50.65, 50.70 and 50.89.
Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Amy Spaay, becoming the first swimming or diving champion in school history Friday after winning the 100 breaststroke, would win her second title Saturday in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.71.
“There really wasn’t any strategy, I just went all out and hoped I got to the wall the quickest,” Spaay said. “Everything I’ve done since day one myself and with this team has led up to this. It’s just so awesome to show the hard work has finally paid off.”
Sophomore Sarah Thompson of Williams would win the title in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:31.60. Mariah Williamson and Sydnee Lindblom of Kenyon would finish second and third, respectively, with times of 16:48.70 and 16:50.76.
“It was tough, I knew I would have to do my own race and 1650 is too long to get caught up in what everybody else is doing,” Thompson said. “I was just lucky to win after going out hard. In the beginning you just let the race take you out and at the end you just got to give whatever you have left and fortunately I had enough.”
Freshman Kirsten Nitz of Wheaton would finish first in the 200 backstroke after touching the wall with a time of 1:57.30. Celia Oberholzer of Kenyon would finish second with a time of 1:57.89.