Women's Swimming & Diving
Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris kicked off the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships for the women’s swimming and diving team on Wednesday, March 21, with a finish in the consolation finals of the 200-yard IM.
Nicklas-Morris placed 13th overall to earn four points for the Tartans after touching fifth in the heat in a time of 2:04.64. The top 16 finish marked the third of her career, as she was eighth in the 200-yard IM and fifth in the 400-yard IM last year.
Competition continues on Thursday with the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, and 400-yard medley relay. Preliminaries are set for 10 a.m. with finals to start at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, the women’s swimming and diving team continued to earn points when competitors finished in the top 16 in two events.
Nicklas-Morris earned the third All-America honor of her career by finishing seventh in the 400-yard IM when she touched the wall in 4:24.82 Thursday night. It marked the second straight year Nicklas-Morris finished in the top eight of the 400-yard IM and follows her 13th-place finish last night in the 200-yard IM.
Later in the evening, Nicklas-Morris anchored the 400-yard medley relay that finished 13th in 3:48.90. Joining Nicklas-Morris on the relay that earned the third All-America Honorable Mention honor in the event in program history was sophomore Mary Day, senior Kim Hochstedler, and first-year Jessica Li.
The Tartans continued to earn awards on Friday when two swimmers landed a spot in the consolation finals.
Hochstedler and Nicklas-Morris each finished 16th in their respective races Friday night. Hochstedler touched the wall in 1:04.85 in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Nicklas-Morris finished her run in individual events by touching the final wall of the 200-yard butterfly in 1:04.97. The finish for Nicklas-Morris was her third All-America Honorable Mention performance of the meet.
The women’s swimming and diving team finished its run at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships with two Tartans swimming in the finals Saturday night. Their results helped the team finish 15th, recording the best national finish in school history.
Hochstedler closed her career with a school-record finish in the 200-yard breaststroke including a fifth-place showing and her first All-America honor. In the championship final, Hochstedler touched the final wall in 2:16.97, knocking more than a second off her previous school record set last year. The senior ends her career with tonight’s All-America honor and three additional All-America Honorable Mention awards, including two achieved at this year’s championship.
First-year Jessica Chau finished her first NCAA meet with a 13th-place showing in the 200-yard backstroke when she touched in 2:02.07. Chau becomes just the second Tartan to earn an All-America honor in the 200-yard backstroke, as she pulled in All-America Honorable Mention honors with her finish.
Men's Swimming & Diving
Carnegie Mellon University junior Gabe Bamforth opened the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships for the men’s swimming and diving team on Wednesday with a finish in the consolation finals of 3-meter diving.
Bamforth placed 13th overall to earn four points for the Tartans after collecting 457.55 points. The top 16 finish marked the third of his career, as he was 16th in the 3-meter as a first-year and eighth in the 1-meter as a sophomore.
On Friday, Bamforth finished eighth on the 1-meter diving board to earn additional points for the Tartans men’s swimming and diving team.
Bamforth earned placement in the finals of the 1-meter by scoring 464.95 points during the preliminaries. In the championship finals, the junior tallied 433.65 points and finished eighth for the second year running.