The 200 medley relay team claimed the national championship to help Emory finish Day 1 of the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the top of the leaderboard with 127 team points, leading second place Kenyon College by an eight point margin.
The relay comprised of juniors Annelise Kowalsky, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, sophomore Cindy Cheng and freshman Fiona Muir touched with a school record time of 1:40.77 to win the event. This marks the 15th time in school history that a relay team has won the national title and is the 42nd national championship in program history.
The Eagles saw an additional four swimmers claim individual All-America honors on day one. Sophomore Rebecca Upton came in second in a tightly contested 500 Freestyle championship final, finishing just .12 seconds behind Kenyon's Marysol Arce. Kowalsky placed sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.18 while Muir placed second in the 50 Freestyle with a personal best of 22.81, and junior Marissa Bergh finished in sixth in the 50 Free at 23.20.
Emory added four more All-America Honorable Mentions on day one. Sophomores Phoebe Edwards and Julia Wawer finished first and second in the 500 Freestyle consolation final, placing ninth and 10th overall in the event. Edwards touched with a time of 4:54.47 and Wawer was right behind her at 4:54.85. In the 200 IM, sophomore Ming Ong finished 10th overall with a time of 2:03.63, and in the 50 Free Sanchez-Aizcorbe was 13th, swimming a time of 23.48 in the consolation final.