Matranga Finishes Fourth on 3 Meter Board For All-America Honors to Open NCAA Championship for Women's Swim & Dive

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THE BASICS:

Event: 2019 NCAA Division III Championship

Results: 7th (39 points) - After Day One

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Aquatic Center) 

The Lead: Senior Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) finished in fourth place on the 3-meter board and took home All-America honors to highlight the action for the MIT women's swimming and diving team on the opening night of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship. Through one full day of competition, the Engineers are in seventh place with 39 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- Matranga recorded a career-best finish at the National Championship and took home her first career All-America honor with her fourth-place finish on the 3-meter board tonight as the senior posted a score of 473.65 points after tallying a score of 434.70 in prelims.

- Two other Engineers earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the diving well tonight as sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished 10th with 443.35 points and senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) finished 14th with 411.60 points. 

- The 200-medley relay team also took home Honorable Mention All-America honors tonight as first-year Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas), sophomore Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), classmate Olivia McGrath (Chevy Chase, Md.) and first-year Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.) finished tenth with a time of 1:44.37, which was 0.68-seconds faster than this morning's swim. 

- Three Engineers competed in the 200-IM today as sophomore Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished 34th in 2:07.52, classmate Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished 48th in 2:19.86 and Nicholas finished 49th in 2:21.05.

UP NEXT: 

- Tomorrow, the women's swimming and diving team will have student-athletes competing in the 200 free relay, the 400-IM, 100-fly and the 400 medley relay.

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