Emory takes early lead during first day of national championships
Emory stands in first place after one day of action at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
Emory totaled 151.5 points during the first day, taking a 47.5 point lead against second-place Kenyon (104 points). Denison sits in third in the women's standings with 92 points.
The Emory women opened the first evening of competition with three all-America finishes in the 500-yard freestyle, as sophomore Megan Beach finished sixth after swimming a preliminary time of 4:53.62, junior Courtney McDermott claimed seventh (4:53.91 in the preliminaries) and freshman Mikayla Carnley claimed eighth (4:56.42 in the preliminaries). It was the first career all-America honor for both Beach and Carnley, while McDermott earned her third all-America certificate and second in the 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg finished 12th in the event to earn her second career all-America honorable mention in the 500 free.
Three more Eagles earned all-America honors in the women's 200-yard individual medley, led by junior Sadie Nennig, who finished fifth in the event with a preliminary time of 2:02.88. It marked Nennig's 11th overall all-America honor, and third in the 200 IM. Senior Mia Michalak followed with a mark of 2:03.91 to finish sixth (her consecutive year with an all-America finish in the event), while junior Kylie McKenzie claimed seventh with a preliminary mark of 2:04.51, earning her first career all-America honor. Earning all-America honorable mentions in event were junior Brooke Woodward (ninth place, 2:05.06) and sophomore Nina Zook (tied for 13th place, 2:05.98).
In the women's 50-yard freestyle, senior Renee Rosenkranz finished sixth after swimming a preliminary time of 23.34 to earn her second career all-America honor in the event and sixth career certificate overall. Sophomore Nancy Larson finished seventh with a preliminary time of 23.49, earning her first career individual all-America certificate.
Rounding out the first day for the women, Emory's 200-yard medley relay of Nennig, Rosenkranz and seniors Leslie Hackler and Anna Dobben finished in second place with a time of 1:42.99 to earn all-America honors.
After the first day, Emory swimmers totaled 10 individual and two relay all-America honors, while adding an addition five all-America honorable mention certificates.