Douglas Wins National Championship in the 200 Fly on Day 3 of NCAAs
Miller Douglas highlighted a historic day in the pool for the Emory University Swimming and Diving teams, as the senior won the National Title in the 200-yard butterfly during the third day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
Meanwhile, with one day of competition left, the Emory women remained atop the standings with 428.5 points, leading second place Kenyon College (375 points) and third place Denison University (281 points). The Emory men ended the third day in fifth place with 220 points, and trail leaders Kenyon (355.5 points), second place Denison (308 points), third place MIT (275 points) and fourth place Johns Hopkins University (240 points).
Douglas won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.64, besting his next-closest competitor by seven-hundredths of a second to claim the event title for the Eagles for the third-straight season, after former Emory swimmer Patrick Augustyn won it in 2011 and 2012. It marked the 12th individual championship in the men's program's history.
For Douglas, it was his first career National Championship and ninth career all-America finish. It also marked his fourth all-America finish of the 2013 meet, including individual honors in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley.
Douglas' performance was one of many impressive showings for the Eagles, who combined to set school records in four events, while earning six all-America honors and eight honorable mentions in individual events. Emory also picked up an all-America in a women's relay and an honorable mention in a men's relay during the day.
Making an impressive NCAA debut was freshman Andrew Wilson, who earned his first career all-America certificate with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Wilson's time of 55.44 seconds was good for a school record, breaking Peter O'Brien's previous mark of 55.93 seconds set at the 2011 Miami Invitational
Adding an all-America honor for the men was junior Ross Spock, who claimed the 14th all-America certificate of his career with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Spock, who has four all-America finishes so far this season, is tied with Chris Halstead for the third-most career all-America certificates in Emory men's history, and is just three behind Justin Hake's program record of 17. Spock recorded a time of 48.67 seconds in the preliminaries, breaking his own school record (set at last year's NCAA Championships) in the event, while senior Stephen Czaja finished 15th overall (50.45 seconds in the preliminaries) to earn his first career all-America honorable mention.
In the women's 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Nina Zook claimed her first career all-America honor finishing fourth in the event with a school-record time of 2:01.86 in the finals. Her mark broke what was the women's program's longest-standing swimming record, a time of 2:02.04 in the 200-yard butterfly, set by Leigh Psaris in 2006. Earning all-America honorable mentions in the event were senior Leslie Hackler with a ninth-place finish (2:03.90), sophomore McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg with an 11th-place finish (2:04.67) and sophomore Michelle York with a 15th-place finish (2:05.08).
Junior Sadie Nennig was Emory's top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke, earning an all-America certificate with a seventh-place finish after swimming a time of 55.78 in the preliminaries. However, in the consolation final, it was senior Anna Dobben who set a new school record in the event, winning her heat with a time of 54.84 seconds and earning an honorable mention. Her time broke Nennig's previous school-best mark of 55.22, set at last year's University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. Senior Taryn Lushinsky also earned an all-America honorable mention, finishing 15th after swimming a time of 56.68 in the preliminaries.
In the women's 100-yard breaststroke, junior Kylie McKenzie claimed her third all-America honor of the meet with a sixth-place finish in a time of 1:03.79. Emory also had the top two finishers in the event's consolation finals, with senior Renee Rosenkranz finishing ninth overall (1:03.59) and freshman Elizabeth Aronoff 10th (1:03.67) to claim all-America honorable mentions.
The Emory women finished the day with a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay to earn an all-America certificate. The squad of Dobben, Rosenkranz, sophomore Megan Beach and sophomore Nancy Larson finished with a time of 7:20.85. The Emory men finished 12th in the men's 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:41.74, as freshman Eagan Zettlemoyer, senior Jeff Simpson, freshman Matt Kuhlik and senior Peter O'Brien each claimed an honorable mention certificate for the event.
After three days, the Emory women have compiled 16 individual all-America finishes and 12 honorable mentions in individual events, while recording all-America honors in four relays, including a National Championship
Emory will wrap up competition at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, with the preliminaries at 11:00 AM ET, and the finals at 7:00 PM ET. The 1,650-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard freestyle relay will all be decided on the final day of competition.