200 Medley Relay Sets School Record; Zhou Becomes All-American On Day One Of NCAA Championship

200 Medley Relay Sets School Record; Zhou Becomes All-American On Day One Of NCAA Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 6th - 40 points - After Day One

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: Highlighted by freshman Vivian Zhou's (Palo Alto, Calif.) first collegiate All-America honor on the 3-meter board tonight and a new school record and NEWMAC record by the 200-medley relay team, the MIT women's swimming and diving team is in sixth place after the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Zhou had the best finish for MIT on the opening day of nationals as she took fifth place on the 3-meter board with a score of 449.95. The freshman is the first women's diver since Beth Stavely '11 to make the podium at the national championship. Zhou had an outstanding preliminary session this morning as she was in second place after an initial 11-dives with a score of 461.20.

- Zhou was followed by sophomore Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.), who totaled 430.05 points for 12th place and Honorable Mention All-America accolades, the third of her career.

- The women's 200-medley relay team comprised of junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), sophomore Catherine Wu (Pearland, Texas) and freshmen Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.) and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) touched the wall tenth overall with a new school record and NEWMAC record time of 1:43.48 during the consolation final tonight. The quartet shaved nearly one second off their time from this morning as they notched a mark of 1:44.44 during prelims.

- Individually, junior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.) both earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades during tonight's first finals session. Jedryka placed 11th in the 50-free with a time of 23.35 and Thielking registered a 16th place finish in the 500-free with a time of 4:59.86. During prelims, Thielking set a new collegiate-best mark when she placed 12th in 4:57.50.

- The Engineers had three individuals swim in the 200-IM this morning highlighted by a personal best time of 2:06.21 by freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who placed 21st. In addition, Chen touched the wall 24th in 2:06.70 and freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) took 29th in 2:07.33.

- Additionally, P. Wu was 19th in the 50-free with a time of 23.62 and sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) was 22nd in the 500-free with a time of 4:59.85.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship. MIT has entries in the 200-free relay, 400-IM, 200-free and the 400-medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. EST and finals start at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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