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DIII Spherical-Up: Publish-Convention Championships Verify-In

All of the Division III conferences have formally wrapped up as of this weekend. Unofficial psych sheets are set to launch tomorrow (Wednesday, February 28), so we’re right here to recap just a few storylines forward of the lead-up to NCAAs.

What Will Derek Maas Enter at NCAAs?

Emory has had a stranglehold on the College Athletic Affiliation (UAA) crew title since 1999 and this 12 months was no totally different, but it surely was NYU’s Derek Maas who was awarded Swimmer of the 12 months for the boys’s meet. The Alabama switch went three-for-three in his particular person occasions, profitable the 200 IM (1:44.72), 100 again (46.78), and 200 again (1:42.40), the latter of which was a UAA document and private finest.

Maas now leads the nation in these three occasions, and is ranked within the prime three within the 100 breast (52.78), 200 breast (1:57.35), 100 fly (47.13), and 200 fly (1:44.90) from his performances on the NYU Winter Invite only a week after UAAs. This presents one of many largest questions that can quickly be answered by the unofficial psych sheets: which occasions will Maas enter at NCAAs? He might chase Andrew Wilson’s legendary data within the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM, or he might proceed to compete in backstroke as he did at convention and mid-season.

NYU swept the Swimmer of the 12 months honors, with Kaley McIntyre taking house the ladies’s award. She swept the 50 free (22.60), 100 free (49.47), and 200 free (1:46.87), setting private bests within the 50 and 200 the place she is the defending NCAA champion. Final 12 months she opted for the 200 again over the 100 free on the ultimate day, putting ninth general, however hasn’t competed in a backstroke occasion this season indicating she’s all-in on freestyle.

Champions Emory had been led by Megan Jungers for the ladies and Nick Goudie for the boys. Each took house two particular person titles apiece, with Jungers profitable the 100 again (54.24) and 200 again (1:59.64) and Goudie sweeping the 100 free (44.23) and 200 free (1:37.76).

Kenyon Sweeps NCACs for the twenty third Time

Kenyon is again on prime of the North Coast Athletic Convention (NCAC), sweeping the boys’s and girls’s crew titles for the primary time since 2008. That is the twenty third time they’ve gained each meets in convention historical past. The Kenyon males are the defending NCAA runner-ups, whereas the ladies completed third final 12 months. Denison was the runner-up in each NCAC crew races this 12 months.

Kenyon freshman Bengisu Caymaz continues to enhance in her debut yard season, sweeping the gap occasions with private bests within the 500 free (4:49.26) and 1650 free (16:34.52).

Within the males’s meet, defending 100 free champion Djordje Dragojlovic set what was, on the time, the highest time within the division (43.51). He was overtaken a day later by James McChesney (School of New Jersey), who swam 43.48 at his convention meet, and every week later by MIT’s Tobe Obochi, the 2022 champion (43.40).

Pomona-Pitzer Powers Up

The Pomona-Pitzer ladies topped the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Convention (SCIAC) for the twenty fourth time in program historical past, led by senior Alex Turvey who took house Swimmer of the Meet honors for the third 12 months in a row. She leads the nation within the 100 fly by four-tenths of a second (53.76) and is third within the 50 (22.89) and 100 free (49.83) respectively.

Notably, Sagehens’ dash free relays set the highest occasions within the division, swimming quicker than their performances from final season’s NCAAs. Sabrina Wang (23.60), Chesna Pelka (23.08), Francesca Coppo (23.11), and Valerie Mello (22.29) clocked 1:32.08 to undercut their 2023 NCAA remaining time by practically a second (1:33.06) and getting inside two-tenths of their crew document from 2022 (1:31.93).

Within the 400 free relay, Turvey (50.10) teamed up with senior teammate Katie Gould (50.75), Pelka (50.83), and Mello (49.96) to tie PP’s crew document (3:21.64), set after they recorded a runner-up end within the occasion at 2022 NCAAs. Notably, that point would have edged Tufts for the 2023 title by simply two-hundredths.

CMS took house the boys’s SCIAC title, led by defending 200 fly champion Frank Applebaum. Applebaum lowered his personal D3 document within the 200 fly earlier this season and whereas he was off his time right here (1:45.75), he nonetheless handedly took house the title. He additionally added convention titles within the 100 fly (47.55) and 200 IM (1:46.38).

Noteworthy within the NESCAC

The Williams ladies have landed a prime 5 end at NCAAs for the previous 14 years, however we sometimes don’t get an concept of their kind till the top of the season. The NESCAC already begins competitors a lot later than most conferences, and Williams doesn’t compete in a typical mid-season invite.

The Ephwomen reclaimed the NESCAC title after falling to Tufts final 12 months, with 2x nationwide champion Sophia Verkleeren main the way in which. The junior turned the primary in D3 this season to dip underneath the two:00 barrier within the 200 IM, clocking 1:59.48. She additionally cracked 4:20 within the 400 IM (4:17.68) to prime the rankings, and punched a private better of 53.65 within the 100 again main off Williams’ 400 medley relay to guide D3.

The one occasion Verkleeren swam that’s now not a #1 time is the 200 again (1:58.26), the place she is the defending champ. MIT’s Kate Augustyn, the 2023 runner-up, swam 1:56.98 this previous weekend on the NEWMAC Championships, establishing an thrilling showdown come March.

The Williams males additionally gained their meet every week later, but it surely was Connecticut School’s Justin Finkel who stole the present. He swept his particular person occasions, establishing the highest time within the 200 free (1:35.69) and 500 free (4:24.66), and #2 within the 200 fly (1:44.62). He recorded a pair of runner-up finishes finally season’s NCAAs within the 500 free and 200 fly.

Different main occasions got here from Bates’ Max Cory within the males’s 50 free (19.66) and Amanda Wager within the ladies’s 200 breast (2:12.61).

From D3 Podiums to ACC Runner-Ups

As seniors, Tanner Filion and Liam McDonnell completed 1-2 within the 100 again finally 12 months’s D3 NCAAs. They each determined to make use of their fifth 12 months of eligibility at Notre Dame.

Each Filion and McDonnell competed at ACCs final week, contributing factors to ND’s runner-up end. Filion made a pair of comfort remaining appearances within the 100 again (44.99) and 100 fly (45.47), recording private bests in each. Notably, his 100 again time was the 2nd quickest time of the entire meet and ties him for thirteenth in D1 this season. He additionally positioned seventh within the 200 again (1:41.50), simply off his finest time that stands because the D3 document (1:41.17). Filion additionally contributed to ND’s profitable 400 free relay, splitting 41.61 on the second leg.

McDonnell additionally competed within the 100 again (47.16) and 100 fly (46.45), putting twenty first and twenty second general with a private finest within the 100 fly.

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