Emory juniors Ellie Thompson and Elizabeth Aronoff and seniors Nina Zook and Nancy Larson combined to give the Eagles their second event win at the Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, as the quartet claimed the national title in the 400-yard medley relay on Thursday night.
Thompson, Aronoff, Zook and Larson became the just the second Emory women's relay to win the 400-yard medley relay, as their time of 3:41.44 broke the school record set by the 2011 squad that claimed the National Championship in the event.It marks the 14th national championship in a relay event in the history of the Emory women's swimming and diving team and the 40th title overall. Larson claimed her fourth career national championship with the win, while Aronoff earned her second. It was the first Division III title for both Thompson and Zook.
The 400-yard medley relay championship keyed a strong second day for the Emory women, as the squad, looking for its sixth consecutive team title and eighth overall, increased its lead in the team standings. The Eagles now lead all women's programs with 323.5 points, followed by Denison in second with 252 points and Williams in third with 213 points. Emory's women totaled eight individual all-American honors, two relay all-American finishes and an addition two honorable mentions during the second day.
The Emory women opened the second day with a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as sophomores Claire Liu, Marissa Bergh, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Larson claimed an all-American honor with a time of 1:31.93 in the finals of the event.
Three more Eagles claimed all-American honors in the women's 400-yard individual medley, led by a third-place finish from freshman Ming Ong with a time of 4:20.49. Seniors Megan Beach and Michelle York each earned all-American honors in the event for the third consecutive year, with Beach finishing fifth after recording a time of 4:23.35 in the prelimaries and York taking seventh place following her time of 4:24.42 in the preliminaries.
The Eagles also received an all-American performance from freshman Megan Campbell in the 100-yard butterfly, who finished eighth in the event after swimming a time of 55.55 in the preliminaries. Zook claimed an all-American honorable mention certificate with a 10th-place finish after notching a preliminary mark of 55.58 seconds.
Through the first two days of the meet, the Eagles have combined for a pair of national championships (the women's 400-yard medley relay and Wilson in the men's 200-yard individual medley), eight individual all-American honors, five relay all-American finishes and 11 all-American honorable mention certificates.