March 10, 2005
Emory Takes Early Lead;
Freshman Sets DIII Record
200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Division III Record: 1:32.93, Denison, 2002
Aquatic Center Record: 1:35.23, Gustavus Adolphus, 2005
2005 Champion: Carleton, Minn., 1:35.59
500 Yard Freestyle
Division III Record: 4:55.11, Tamara Carty, Denison, 2002
Aquatic Center Record: 4:57.50, Sam White, Emory, 2005
2005 Champion: 4:57.50, Sam White, Emory
200 Yard Individual Medley
Division III Record: 2:03.18. Kaitlyn Orstein, Wash. & Jeff., 2005
Aquatic Center Record: 2:03.18, Kaitlyn Orstein, Wash. & Jeff, 2005
2005 Champion: 2:03.18, Kaitlyn Orstein, Wash. & Jeff.
50 Yard Freestyle
Division III Record: :22.95, Marie Marsman, Carleton, 2005*
Aquatic Center Record: :22.95, Marie Marsman, Carleton, 2005
2005 Champion: :22.98, Marie Marsman, Carleton, 2005
* Record set leadoff of 200 Free Relay
Division III Record: 427.00 pts., Katie Hughes, Emory, 1993
2005 Champion: Tessa Truex, Middlebury, 378.80
400 Yard Medley Relay
Division III Record: 3:46.11, Denison, 2001
Aquatic Center Record: 3:48.75
2005 Champion: Williams, 3:48.75
Emory University has taken the early lead at the 24th NCAA Division III women's swimming and
diving championships being hosted by Hope College in Holland, Mich. Emory is bidding for its first-ever
championship while seeking to unseat three-time defending champion Kenyon. Through six events, Emory has 130.5 points followed by Kenyon with 105. The next four teams
are within eight points of each other -- Carleton 82, Amherst 81, Denison 74 and Williams 74.
Five Aquatic Center pool records were established on the first day -- Gustavus Adolphus in the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:35.23); Sam White of Emory in the 500 Freestyle (4:57.50); Kaitlyn Orstein of Washington & Jefferson in the 200 Individual Medley (2:03.18); Marie Marsman of Carleton in the 50 Freestyle (:22.95); and Amherst in the 400 Medley Relay (3:50.43).
Washington and Jefferson freshman Kaitlyn Orstein established a Division III record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.18).
Carleton, Minn. won its first-ever national relay championship. The
200-yard freestyle relay opened the meet with a gold medal performance
with a team of Marie Marsman, Andrea Barbera, Jennifer Grover and Jennifer
Gratz (1:35.59). Marsman also won the gold in the 50 yard freestyle (:22.98),
beating defending champion Kate Kovenock of Connecticut College who was
runnerup (:23.42). Marsman earlier set a DIII meet record leading off
the 200 freestyle relay with a time of :22.95.
Emory picked up 46 points in the 500-yard freestyle with three All-America performances. Junior Sam White won the event
in 4:57.50 while teammates Leigh Campbell (5:01.06) andHolly Hinz (5:06.23) were third and eighth respectively.
Senior Tessa Truex gave Middlebury its first national champion diver
winning on the one-meter board.
Williams won its first national title in the 400 medley relay (3:48.75) in ten years with a team of Jessica Yankura, Lindsay Payne, Mary Stranghoener and Katie O'Brien.
The women's championships include 232 athletes from
62 colleges and universities. Emory has the largest delegation with 18,
followed by Kenyon 15, Denison 13, and Williams 12. Twenty-four of the schools
are represented by one athlete.
The competitors' colleges/universities are located in 23 states, led
by New York 7, Ohio 6, Massachusetts 6, Michigan 5, Minnesota 5, California
4 and Wisconsin 4.
The student body size of the competing schools range from 900 at Hiram,
Ohio to 50,023 at New York University. Five schools have more than 10,000
students. Host Hope has 3,124 students.
The Holland Aquatic Center was the recently named the nation's best
public indoor family aquatic center in America by the magazine International
Aquatics. This 90,000 square foot facility was built in 1999.