Women's 200 Medley Relay Smashes Records and Named All-Americans on Opening Night of NCAA Championship

Women's 200 Medley Relay Smashes Records and Named All-Americans on Opening Night of NCAA Championship

THE BASICS:

Event: 2018 NCAA Division III Championship

Results: 8th (28 Points - After Day One)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium)

The Lead: On the first day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship, MIT's 200-medley relay team broke the school and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) event records and earned All-America honors as the Engineers finished day one with 28 points through five events and sit in eighth place as a team. The 2018 NCAA Championship is being held at the Indianapolis University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI and will continue through Saturday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- The 200-medley relay team comprised of sophomore Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.), senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned All-America honors after they registered a time of 1:43.21 for seventh place this evening. In prelims this morning, the quartet recorded a new school and NEWMAC record time and a seventh-place time of 1:43.41 and bettered it by 0.20-seconds tonight to earn a spot on the podium, which guaranteed 24 points towards MIT's team score.

- Sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) notched Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the 200-IM as she finished 14th in a time of 2:04.90. In this morning's preliminary swim, she won her heat in a collegiate-best time of 2:04.71.

- P. Wu also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 50-free as she clocked a time of 23.77 for 16th in the event after swimming a time of 23.58 this morning.

- Chen went on to place 23rd in the 200-IM with a time of 2:06.12, which was 0.22-seconds faster than her seed time of 2:06.34 a mark she won the NEWMAC title with last month. Additionally, in their first NCAA championship appearances, freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) and Allen finished 53rd and 55th, respectively, in the 200-IM as Nicholas clocked a time of 2:14.82 and Allen touched the wall in 2:16.67.

UP NEXT:

- Tomorrow, the Engineers return to the pool for the second day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship. Events tomorrow will include the 200-free relay, 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 1-meter dive and 400-medley relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.

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