Emory Men Win 400 Medley Relay; Women Lead at NCAA Championships

Emory University won its second relay of the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, as senior Ross Spock, sophomore Andrew Wilson, junior Hayden Baker and senior Ryan Bass swam to a victory in the 400-yard medley relay, and the Emory women added to their lead atop the team standings, during the second day of Championship competition at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Spock, Wilson, Baker and Bass recorded a time of 3:15.13 to win the relay, besting the previous school record time by over two seconds, and missing out on the Division III record by just four hundredths of a second.  It was the second National Title in as many days of competition for Spock, Wilson and Bass, who were each a part of the winning 200-yard medley relay yesterday.

The National Championship was the 15th in the history of the Emory Men's Swimming and Diving program, and the third ever in a relay event.

The win in the 400-yard medley relay added 40 points to the Eagles' team total, as Emory ended the second day of competition in third place with 153 points, trailing first-place Denison University (282) and second place Kenyon College (272 points).

Spock and Bass were a part of both all-America relays for the Eagles on Thursday, finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle relay as well, along with senior Jake Stephens and sophomore Matt Kuhlik, with a time of 1:20.96.  Spock now has four all-America honors during the meet, and the 19 for his career surpass the previous program record of 17, held by former Eagle Justin Hake.  Bass upped his career all-America certificate total to 12 with the two on Thursday.

Hayden Baker added an all-America honorable mention in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing 11th with a time of 48.83 seconds.

Meanwhile, the women, in search of their fifth-consecutive National Title, extended their lead in the team standings at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, totaling 273 points during the first two days to lead second-place Johns Hopkins University (232), third-place Kenyon (213) and fourth-place Denison (208).

Emory registered all-America finishes in both women's relays during day two, with sophomore Ellie Thompson, freshman Annelise Kowalsky, freshman Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and senior Nancy Larson placing fourth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:45.23, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Claire Liu, freshman Marissa Bergh, junior Dana Holt and Larson claiming fifth with a time of 1:33.33.

Junior Megan Beach was one of four individual all-America finishers for the Emory women on Thursday, claiming second place in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:20.34.  Junior Michelle York added an all-America honor in the event with an eighth-place finish (after swimming a time of 4:26.30 in the preliminaries), while senior Brooke Woodward claimed an honorable mention with a 12th-place finish in a time of 4:26.81.

Emory's other two individual all-America finishes during the second day came in the 200-yard freestyle, where junior Larson finished seventh (1:50.71 in the preliminaries) and Bergh claimed eighth (1:50.85 in the preliminaries).  Finishing 10th and 13th in the 200-yard freestyle to earn honorable mention certificates were sophomore Carolyn Bonfield (1:51.50) and senior Courtney McDermott (1:51.80), respectively, while Sanchez-Aizcorbe (ninth, 56.26 seconds) and junior Nina Zook (12th, 56.45 seconds in the preliminaries) each claimed honorable mentions in the 100-yard butterfly.

Adding an all-America honorable mention in the women's one-meter dive was senior Sarah Greene, who finished in 10th-place with a score of 397.70.

Through two days, the Emory men and women have combined to earn all-America honors in all six relays (including the two National Championships), 10 individual all-America certificates, and record 13 honorable mention finishes.  The Eagles have also set school records in four separate events.

Action at the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana will continue on Friday, with preliminaries at 10:00 AM and finals at 6:00 PM.  Events contested on the third of four days of competition will include the 200-yard butterfly, the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay.