NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! - Emory Wins Seventh Consecutive Women's Swimming & Diving Title

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! - Emory Wins Seventh Consecutive Women's Swimming & Diving Title

From Emory University Athletics

For the seventh year in a row and the ninth time in program history, the Emory University Women's Swimming & Diving Team has been crowned National Champions! The Eagles won the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving title with 560 team points, 84 points ahead of second place Kenyon College who finished with 476.

It marks the 19th Division III Championship in the history of the Emory Athletics program, with women's swimming and diving claiming titles in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016, women's tennis winning championships in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2014, men's tennis earning NCAA Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2012, and volleyball winning the Division III Championship in 2008.

The Eagles had a NCAA Championship meet performance for the ages as the team tied a school record with six event national championships in a single NCAA Championship meet including a perfect 5-for-5 in the relay events, something that has never been accomplished before in school history. Emory also set two school record times and one Division III national record, had 24 All-America winners: 19 individuals and five relays and another 14 All-America Honorable Mention certificates. Head Coach Jon Howell was named the Collegiate Swimmers Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Women's Swimming Coach of the Year after the meet for the fifth time in his career.

In the final event on Saturday, the 400 Freestyle Relay team of freshmen Fiona Muir, Meg Taylor and juniors Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Marissa Bergh swam a blistering 3:21.37 to seal the championship for Emory. Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Bergh assisted on four of the Eagles' five relay national championships meanwhile this marked the third for Muir and second for Taylor at the 2016 Championships.

Adding All-America honors for the Eagles on Saturday were sophomore Rebecca Upton in the 1,650 Freestyle (16:39.90), Muir (2nd, 49.83 in the preliminaries) and Bergh (8th, 50.94 in the preliminaries) in the 100 Freestyle and senior Elizabeth Aronoff (4th, 2:15.75) and junior Annelise Kowalsky (5th, 2:16.57) in the 200 Breaststroke.

The Eagles tallied six All-America Honorable Mention winners as well on Saturday night. Sophomores Ming Ong (9th, 16:57.94) and Shelby Frugé (14th, 17:06.10) in the 1,650 Freestyle, Sanchez-Aizcorbe in the 100 Free (10th, 51.15), senior Ellie Thompson in the 200 Backstroke (10th, 1:59.74) and freshman Ashley Daniels (9th, 2:16.53) and sophomore Megan Campbell (13th, 2:19.76 in preliminaries).