Ryan Sets School Mark at NCAA Championships, Engineers Ninth Overall
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Freshman Emily Ryan (Indianapolis, Ind.) broke her own school record in the 200 Freestyle, with the Engineers also turning in strong efforts in the 200 Free and 400 Medley Relays to highlight the second day of the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. With 68 points MIT stands ninth in the overall team standings, just nine points out of seventh.
Ryan broke her school mark in the morning preliminary sessions during which she turned in a 1:51.51, a mark that put her through to the championship final. In that raced she finished eighth, touching the wall in 1:53.34 to earn All-America status for a second time in the meet.
MIT scored its other points of the day in the relays. In the first relay of the day, the 200 Free, the team of sophomore Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), freshman Michelle Cunningham (Wayland, Mass.), junior Elina Hu (Oshkosh, Wis.) and senior Amy Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.) qualified through to the consolation final. There the team lowered its preliminary session time by nearly a half second to finish 14th in 1:36.52.
In the final event of the day, the 400 Medley Relay the Engineers just missed qualifying for the championship final by 0.18 seconds. In the consolation final the team of Rogers, sophomore Calley Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), junior Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, Neb.) and Ryan touched first in the race, claiming ninth overall in 3:51.12.
MIT will continue at the championships tomorrow through Saturday at the IU Natatorium.