INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On the first day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships, sophomore Lena Yang (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) and the Engineers' 200-yard medley relay qualified for finals. The four-day, eight-session meet is being held at the IU Natatorium on IUIPUI's campus through Saturday, March 22.
In the preliminaries of the 50 free, Yang improved her time from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships by three-tenths of a second to 23.58 to tie for 11th. At finals, she dropped time, once again, touching with a time of 23.32, breaking her own MIT record by two-tenths of a second and finishing in second place in the consolation heat and 10th overall.
Tech's relay, which was seeded in 17th place going into the meet, qualified for finals by coming in 12th with a time of 1:45.33. At finals, the quartet, composed of senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.), sophomores Kristen Finney (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Sarah Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.), and Yang, took 16th in 1:46.11.
This morning, Emmie Ryan (Avon, Ind.) was the first of the Engineers to race, coming in 31st place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.42. Rogers tied for 17th in the 50 free with a 23.68 and had to take part in a swim off to see who would be the alternate in the event. The senior touched first with a 23.50.
Tech will return to the pool for a busy second day of the Championships tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.