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Emory Swimming & Diving Midseason Update

Emory Swimming & Diving Midseason Update

With half of the team's 2013-14 campaign in the books, the Emory University Swimming and Diving Teams have already positioned themselves for another strong run towards the NCAA Championships in March, with the Eagles combining to record 47 times in individual events and another eight in relays that rank among the top-10 nationally according to CollegeSwimming.com NCAA Division III performance lists.

The Emory women, who are in search of their fifth-consecutive NCAA Championship and are currently ranked first in the College Swimming Coaches of America (CSCAA) rankings, have accounted for 32 individual top-10 times in Division III this season.  In the sprint freestyle events, junior Nancy Larson ranks fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.53 second), fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (50.61 seconds), and ninth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.63).  Also in the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Marissa Bergh ranks sixth among Division III competitors this year (1:51.51), while senior Courtney McDermott ranks 10th (1:51.68).

A pair of Emory swimmers lead the national pack in the distance freestyle events, with McDemott notching Division III's top 500-yard freestyle time with a mark of 4:51.84, and junior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg ranking first in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:47.43.  Newsum-Schoenberg is also ranked third nationally in the 500 free (4:55.94), while McDermott ranks third (16:53.26) and sophomore Carolyn Bonfield eighth (17:09.42) in the 1,650 free.

Sophomore Ellie Thompson is in the top-10 nationally in both backstroke events, ranking fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.09 seconds and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:01.83.  Senior Sadie Nennig is also in the top-10 in the 200-yard backstroke, as her time of 2:01.97 is good for the eighth-best mark in Division III this season.

Three Eagles are ranked in the top-five nationally in the 100-yard breaststroke, with freshman Annelise Kowalsky ranking second (1:03.17), sophomore Elizabeth Aronoff third (1:03.29) and senior Kylie McKenzie fifth (1:03.48).  Aronoff also has the top 200-yard breaststroke time in Division III this season with a mark of 2:16.31, while McKenzie is fourth (2:17.61), senior Brooke Woodward sixth (2:19.24), junior Megan Beach seventh (2:19.39) and Kowalsky ninth (2:19.68).

Junior Nina Zook has paced all Eagles in the two individual fly events, ranking eighth in Division III with a time of 56.62 in the 100-yard butterfly, and second in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 2:03.11.  In ninth in the 200-yard butterfly is junior Michelle York with a time of 2:05.31.

The Emory women have performed particularly well in the individual medleys, with five swimmers ranking in the top-10 nationally in the 200-yard individual medley, and three in 400-yard individual medley.  Eagles currently occupy four of the top-five spots in the 200 IM with Kowalsky ranking second (2:04.36), Zook third (2:04.82), McKenzie fourth (2:04.94) and Nennig fifth (2:05.30), in addition to Woodward ranking seventh (2:05.91).  Woodward was Emory's top performer in the 400 IM during the first half of the season, ranking second with a mark of 4:23.19, while York is third in the event (4:25.54) and Beach seventh (4:28.27).

In the women's relays, Emory ranks fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:34.50), second in the 400-yard freestyle (3:26.50), fifth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.59) and fourth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:47.11).

On the diving front for the women during the first half of the year, senior Sarah Greene broke her own school record in the one-meter dive (11 dives) with a score of 458.50 at the Emory Diving Invitational.  She is also Emory's current team leader with scores of 276.98 in the one-meter dive (six dives), 281.09 in the three-meter dive (six dives) and 442.65 in the three-meter dive (11 dives).

The Emory men, ranked third in Division III following their fifth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships, have accounted for 15 individual top-10 times nationally, in addition to top-two marks in three different relays.  The Eagles currently have Division III's top-ranked 200-yard freestyle relay team with senior Ryan Bass, senior Jake Stephens, freshman David Tao and senior Ross Spock recording a mark of 1:21.28.  The Eagles also rank seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay (3:02.49), second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:29.03) and second in the 400-yard medley relay (3:18.24).

Spock has Division III's top time in the 100-yard backstroke this season as well with a time of 48.88 seconds in the event, in addition to ranking fourth in 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.48 seconds, and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:49.03.  Bass has added a time of 20.51 seconds in the 50 free, the fifth-best mark in the country this season, while sophomore Jared Scheuer is fifth (1:48.79) and junior Colin Heil 10th (1:50.23) in the 200 back.

Freshman Christian Baker has led the Eagles in both distance freestyle events, ranking second among D-III swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:29.63, and eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:37.71.

Emory has had a pair of top performers in the two individual breaststroke events in sophomore Andrew Wilson and junior Eric Ruggieri.  Wilson is currently ranked second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a mark of 2:01.14 and third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.53 seconds, while Ruggieri ranks seventh in the 100 breast with a time of 56.32 seconds and 10th with a time of 2:03.25.

Rounding out Emory's nationally top-10 ranked performances from the fall semester, junior Hayden Baker ranks fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (48.80 seconds) and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.28), while Stephens is ninth in the 400-yard individual medley with a mark of 3:59.87.

Emory will resume competition on Friday, January 10th at 4:00 PM in Lakeland, Florida, where the Eagles will take on NCAA Division II program Florida Southern College.