Eagles Remain in First Behind Three National Championships

Eagles Remain in First Behind Three National Championships

From Emory University Athletics

The Emory University women's swimming & diving program had a huge second day at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships as the team saw two relays and one individual win national championships. At the conclusion of two days of competition, the Eagles are still holding onto the lead with 270 points with Kenyon College right behind them in second place with 268 points.

The 200 Freestyle Relay team of freshman Fiona Muir, junior Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, freshman Meg Taylor and junior Marissa Bergh kicked things off in a big way on Thursday, setting a new Division III record with a time of 1:31.42. Later in the evening the 400 Medley Relay team of Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Bergh, junior Annelise Kowalsky and sophomore Cindy Cheng closed out the day, taking first in the event by almost a full second with a time of 3:42.76. Emory has now won the national championship in all three relay events this year and the two on Thursday mark the 16th and 17th time a relay team has won the national championship in school history.

Sophomore Julia Wawer earned the first individual national championship for the Emory women's team this year, swimming a time of 1:48.88 to win the 200 Freestyle. Wawer's title is the 28th individual women's championship in school history.

The Eagles added three more All-America honors on day two bringing their two day total to 11; eight individual and three relays. Ming Ong placed sixth in the 400 IM, touching at 4:25.47, as did Cheng in the 200 Freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:50.26. Sanchez-Aizcorbe had a seventh place showing in the 100 Butterfly, swimming a time of 55.59.

Emory also saw three swimmers garner Honorable Mention All-America honors. Sophomore Megan Campbell was 14th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 55.92 and Muir came in 16th at 56.01. Bergh placed 16th as well in the 200 Freestyle, posting a time of 1:56.62.

Action continues tomorrow as day three events include the 200 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 800 Freestyle Relay and men's 1-meter diving.

Fans can watch the action here: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2016/03/18 and can follow live updating results here: http://www.collegeswimming.com/results/53000/.