Zhou's National Runner-Up Performance on the 3-Meter Board Leads Women's Swimming and Diving to Sixth Place at NCAA Championship

Zhou's National Runner-Up Performance on the 3-Meter Board Leads Women's Swimming and Diving to Sixth Place at NCAA Championship

THE BASICS:

Event: 2018 NCAA Division III Championship

Results: 6th Place (211 Points - FINAL)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium)

The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving got a record-breaking performance from senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) in the 200-breast, a National Runner-Up finish on the 3-meter board by Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and gained eight All-America honors on the final night of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship as the Engineers finished sixth overall in the team standings with 211 points. With the sixth-place finish, 2018 marks the seventh straight season in which MIT has placed inside the top-9 at the NCAA Championship.

The 211 points scored by MIT this weekend is the highest score in program history and the sixth-place finish is the second-highest placement in program history. The top-5 team scores this year at the national meet were Emory (603), Kenyon (500), Williams (412), Denison (385) and Johns Hopkins (228).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In her final individual swim of her collegiate career, Chen won the consolation final of the 200-breast and finished ninth overall with a program record and NEWMAC record-breaking time of 2:00.65 for Honorable Mention All-America accolades.

- As they did on Thursday, the Engineers had three divers score on the 3-meter board which included a National Runner-Up finish by Zhou, who posted a score of 508.85 and became the second member of the women's team to earn National Runner-Up recognition at this year's NCAA meet. Both sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) and junior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as Wen placed 11th with 461.35 points and Payne took 15th with a score of 408.65 points.

- In the meet's final event, the 400-free relay, Chen teamed up with sophomores Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) for 12th place with a time of 3:27.40 for Honorable Mention All-America accolades. The quartet shaved 0.12-seconds off their time from this morning's session.

- MIT also had four other swimmers clock times in this morning's preliminary session. P. Wu took 35th in the 100-free in 52.45-seconds, freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) took 32nd in the 200-back in 2:05.73, classmate Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) took 20th in the 200-breast in 2:21.02 and senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) closed her career with a 21st place finish in the 1650-free in 17:23.40.

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