Eagles Place Third at 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Eagles Place Third at 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

From Emory University Athletics

The Emory University men's swimming & diving team finished the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships in style on Saturday night as the 400 Freestyle Relay won the third National Championship for the Eagles at the 2016 championships.

The Eagles scored 340.5 points finishing behind first place Denison University (455.50) and Kenyon College (418.50) during the four day championship meet. It is the 10th time in program history the team has finished third at the NCAA Championships.

The 400 Freestyle Relay team of freshman Trey Kolleck, sophomore Alexander Hardwick, junior Hayes Burdette-Sapp and sophomore Oliver Smith set a school record in the event with a time of 2:57.44 and capped off an impressive 2016 NCAA Championships for the Eagles. The Emory men won three national championships at the meet with Smith taking home gold in the 50 Freestyle on Wednesday and the 200 Freestyle team of Kolleck, Hardwick, sophomore Aaron Schwartz and Smith on Thursday.

In addition to the three national titles, the Eagles set five school records at the meet: Smith in both the 50 Free (19.55) and 100 Free (44.43 in preliminaries), the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:19.83), the 800 Freestyle Relay (6:35.36) and the 400 Freestyle Relay on Saturday; saw 15 All-America winners: 10 individual and five relays and five All-America Honorable Mention certificates.

On Saturday, the Eagles concluded the 2016 Championships with three individual All-Americans along with the 400 Freestyle Relay. Freshman Thomas Gordon and junior Christian Baker in the 1,650 Freestyle finishing fourth (15:27.81) and fifth (15:29.55) respectively and Smith in the 100 Freestyle event with a fifth place finish (44.78). Senior Jared Scheuer and Hardwick earned the fourth and fifth All-America Honorable Mention honor for the Eagles as Scheuer placed 11th in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 1:48.24 and Hardwick was 14th in the 100 Freestyle at 45.05.