Todhunter, Zaleski swim to victories
March 19, 2010
By Judd Spicer
Special to NCAA.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Record breaking has become a trend this week at the Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
In the women's 200 butterfly, Logan Todhunter of Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) set a record with a swim of 1:57.46. In Thursday's 100 butterfly finals, Todhunter took the title with a finals time of 53.56 after recording an NCAA record of 52.94 in the finals. The two wins made it a "cap trick" for the sophomore, who began the championships with a win in the 200 IM on Wednesday.
In the 100-yard backstroke events, senior Olivia Zaleski of Denison College (Granville, Ohio) defended her 2008-09 victory with a winning time of 55.24. On Wednesday, Zaleski was the first swimmer on the Big Red's repeat win the 200 medley relay, just as she was on Thursday for the Big Red's title defense relay win in the 400 medley relay.
"I knew ever since last year that it was going to be a challenge," Zaleski said of her title defense in the 100. "When you come into an event as a first time swimmer, you never have any expectations, but as soon as you win or you do well, people set expectations that you're supposed to achieve. Wrapping my mind around that this year was something that I struggled with. But I had my sights set on it since day one."
Aided by Zeleski's performance and a narrow Big Red victory over Emory (Atlanta) in the raucous 800 freestyle relay, Denison (346 points) enters the final day of competition trailing Emory (371.5) by just 25.5 points, narrowing the gap after trailing by 46 entering day three. Williams College is third with 297 points.