Ryan Leads Women’s Swim Team to Seventh After First Day of NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished fifth in the 500 Free during the first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships being held this week in Indianapolis. Her finish helped MIT to 33 points after day one, good for seventh place overall.

Ryan swam a 4:55.62 during the morning preliminary heats, the fifth-fastest time during the preliminary session During the evening championship race she improved her time by 0.06 to 4:55.56 to claim fifth in her first NCAA Championships experience.

In the 200 IM, junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) swam a 2:06.36 in the morning session that was the 14th fastest and gave her a place in the consolation finals. In that race she turned in a 2:09.13 to finish 16th overall.

MIT's 200 Medley Relay team of freshman Eann Tuan (Richardson, Texas), sophomore Calley Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kokensparger and sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) missed the championship final by the slimmest of margins in the morning session, turning in a time of 1:45.41 that was 0.01 short of the championship final. In the consolation final the Engineers took the race and ninth overall with a time of 1:45.90

MIT will continue at the championships tomorrow through Saturday at the IU Natatorium.