Wen Finishes as National Runner-Up on 1-Meter Board on Third Night of NCAA Championship

Deborah Wen
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- Event: 2019 NCAA Division III Championship

- Results: 9th (111 points) - After Day Three

- Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Aquatic Center)

- The Lead: Sophomore Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii) was the national runner-up on the 1-meter board while classmate Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished sixth in the 200 butterfly, leading the MIT women's swimming and diving team during the third night of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship. At the conclusion of Friday's action, the Engineers were ninth in the standings with 111 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wen recorded 439.95 points during the 1-meter prelims, putting her in fourth place and securing a spot in the championship final. A seventh-place finisher in 2018, she amassed 483.05 points, 10.70 points behind first place, en route to her third All-America award. Wen's performance on the 1-meter board was the best in program history since Doria Holbrook '08 was the national runner-up in the same event at the 2007 championship.

- Mahaffey earned her first All-America accolade in the 200 butterfly as she finished in sixth place with a time of 2:02.66, an improvement of .93 seconds from her performance during the prelims. Last season, she was an Honorable Mention All-America recipient as she placed 13th.

- The Engineers collected a pair of Honorable Mention All-America accolades on the 1-meter board courtesy of junior Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) finishing ninth (447.15 points) and senior Morgan Matranga's (Moraga, Calif.) career-best 10th place performance (406.65 points).

- MIT's 800 free relay, comprised of Mahaffey and first-years Lindsey Bjornstad (Mequon, Wis.), Shannon Hagmaier (Longwood, Fla.), and Laura Rosado (New Haven, Conn.), earned Honorable Mention All-America plaudits by finishing 13th in 7:34.21, which was 2.35 seconds faster than its seed time.

- During the prelims, sophomore Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) ranked 25th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:06.29. Rosado and first-year Jennifer Yu (Pearland, Texas) both competed in the 100 backstroke, finishing 24th (57.08) and 26th (57.13), respectively. Sophomore Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.) placed 35th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.11 while senior Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) generated 342.10 points to finish 29th on the 1-meter board.

UP NEXT:

- Tomorrow, the women's swimming and diving team will have student-athletes competing in the 200-fly, 100-back, 100-breast, 1-meter dive and 800-free relay.

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