- Event: 2018 NCAA Division III Championship
- Results: 6th (103 Points - After Day Two)
- Location: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium)
- The Lead: On the second night of the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship being held in Indianapolis, the MIT women's swimming and diving team earned 11 All-America awards highlighted by a third-place finish by Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) in the diving well as well as a record-breaking performance. by the 200-free relay team and an eighth-place finish by the 400-medley relay team. After two days in the pool, the Engineers are sixth in the team standings with 103 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The 200-free relay team comprised of senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) broke the school and NEWMAC record in a swim-off this morning with a mark of 1:33.35 to reach the championship final. Tonight, the quartet ended their night in seventh place in 1:34.47 good enough for All-America accolades.
- MIT had three divers score and earn All-America honors on the 1-meter board tonight led by a third-place finish by Zhou with 466.30 points. Zhou was followed by freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii), who finished seventh with 408.00 points and junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.), who was named an Honorable Mention All-American as she placed 16th with 388.40 points.
- In the session's final event, the 400-medley relay, Holman, Chen, Staszel and freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished eighth overall with a time of 3:49.47 for All-America honors. The quartet clocked a time of 3:47.30 in this morning's preliminary swim.
- This morning, the Engineers had four student-athletes swim in their respective events. Allen finished 18th in the 100-fly, just 0.15-seconds out of reaching the consolation final, in 56.21-seconds, Holman touched the wall 25th in the 400-IM in 4:32.85, freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) clocked a time of 4:33.40 for 26th in the 400-IM and senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) registered a 34th place finish in the 200-free with a time of 1:53.87.
- Tomorrow, on the third day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, the Engineers will compete in the 200-fly, the 100-back, the 100-breast and the 800-free relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.
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