Ephs stay in Fourth after Day Two of NCAAs

Ephs stay in Fourth after Day Two of NCAAs


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Shenandoah, TX – After winning two more individual titles, the Ephwomen held on to fourth place after Day Two of the Division III National Championships. The Ephs currently have 97.5 points, only half a point back from third place Denison.

In the 400-yard individual medley, senior Kate O'Leary finished well in the consolation final, placing 12th in 4:28.69. In the next heat, Caroline Wilson continued her remarkable championship run, taking first place in 4:14.27, just shy of her own national record and winning the event for the fourth time. Wilson took charge after the first lap and never relinquished the lead.

"I went into freshmen year never expecting to be here," said Wilson. "To be able to repeat these performances four years in a row has been a truly incredible experience for me."

With her 11th individual title, Wilson tied Logan Todhunter '12, Patricia Abt (Kenyon) and Carla Ainsworth (Kenyon) for the NCAA record for most individual championships won in a career.

"Caroline has been one of our best competitors and ambassadors for our team during her four years as an Eph," said head coach Steve Kuster. "I think it's hugely appropriate to see her end her career on top of the podium for the 11th time."

In the 100-yard butterfly, junior Aly Levine made her debut in the night finals, winning the consolation heat in a blistering 55.96 (9th). Levine's time was half a second faster than her personal best from prelims.

In the most exciting race of the evening, sophomore Sarah Thompson faced off against stiff competition in the 200-yard freestyle. Touching the wall in 7th place at the halfway mark, Thompson charged back to first place, out-splitting the entire field by nearly a second in the last 50 yards. With a personal best by over a second (1:48.50), Thompson successfully defended her title from last year.

"I think Sarah executed her race strategy perfectly," said Kuster. "She swam a very mature race and showed a lot of poise. And that's one of the best finishes I've seen in a long while."

In the final event of the night, the Ephs claimed fourth from an outside lane in the 400 medley relay. With a personal best lead off backstroke leg from Katie Bennett, the Ephs saw some fast swims from Levine, Wilson, and Thompson to claim 4th place in 1:48.50.