Ride with… Wigan Wheelers Cycling Club

We join the swathe of blue and white for a spin with popular North West club Wigan Wheelers, in association with PowerBar

Based: Wigan, Greater Manchester
Members: 70
Formed: 1919
Meets: Saturdays various times and locations, Sunday 9am at Aston-in-Makerfield library; Tuesdays 9:30am Bryn — opposite Our Lady’s Church; Thursday 9:30am Aston-in-Makerfield Pimbletts Farm Gate. Group turbo sessions led by Holme Cycling, 7pm Monday and Thursday at The John Eddleston Centre.
Contact: Website: http://www.wiganwheelers.org/ | Twitter: @wiganwheelerscc

“The best thing about living in Wigan,” says club member and kit organiser Ron Lyson.

“Is that you get the best of all worlds. Go north and you’re into the Forest of Bowland, west for the coast and anywhere south-west for a more or less flat day out.”

This last remark causes some gradient-related joshing among the assembled Wigan Wheelers as today we are heading west into the Cheshire Plains.

“Pah!” laughs Nigel Clementson. “It’s positively downhill all day!”

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“Yeah right! Let’s hear you say that at the end!” retorts Mark Openshaw, giving the impression there may be a few surprises in the ‘flat’ ride billed for today.

Openshaw continues to fill me in, explaining that many of the roads are false flats, except the one over the Manchester Ship Canal.

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As I approach I’m suddenly hauling myself up and over a bridge high enough to allow cargo ships underneath — nothing false about it.

All smiles until the bridge looms large (Photo: Andy Jones)

Route master

I chat with club member Phil Bradshaw, a member of the Wheelers for 10 years.

“I’ve not done this exact route,” he confides. “That’s the thing about riding with Barry Jefferson, today’s run leader, he leads five rides a week, so he knows every lane in a 100-mile radius.”

“It’s a memory bank that’s been building up over 10 years of riding,”

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Jefferson tells me when I eventually catch up with him. He’s been chipping along at a 16mph average; not too shabby for his 72 years.

“I’m not the oldest out today. Harold Woodcock, our previous club president before Derek Black took over, and Jim Harrison, are both in their eighties,” explains Jefferson.

“The youngest member out is Harold’s grandson, Ross Prescott. At 17, he’s our next hitter and part of Liverpool John Moores University development squad.

“Our current superstar is Claire Clementson. She’s only been back on the bike two years after a 10-year break and has already ridden a 22.38 for a 10 and gone under the hour for a 25.”


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After a few more twists and turns, we reach today’s cafe, where yet more members meet up with us.

“We’ll end up doing about 30 miles today,” says Janet Hopkinson, who rides tandem with husband Cecil.

“I have limited movement these days,” she continues, “but I love riding. I think some people were surprised when I married another cyclist” [she was previously married to former pro, Dave Broadbent]

“But it’s a great way of life, and keeps us fit.”

Terry Collier: “I was new to the area, so I rode on my own. Since becoming a member I’ve made so many friends.” (Photo: Andy Jones)

Brews and beans

After tea and beans on toast, we set off, once more in impeccable formation.

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I quiz my current riding companion, Glen Dower, on his cycling background.

“I started off on my own but was lonely, so I tried a midweek ride and kept going,” he says.

“I like the club’s social side but also testing myself; this year I’m heading to Majorca.”

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Pulling alongside Lyson once more, he explains how he is part of the team helping to organise the club runs:

“Barry, Graham Welch, Ste Saggerson and myself have taken over from Harold Woodcock, who used to organise the weekly club run.

“We’ve worked hard to make the runs core to the club and now we have five a week. What some of our members have achieved is outstanding,” he says with pride.

“Ste has completed LEJOG and raised £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation — he’s riding it the other way round this year.”

It’s a remark that highlights Wigan Wheelers’ respect for all aspects of cycling.

A much needed stop in the Lavender Barn Tea Rooms (Photo: Andy Jones)

History

The formation of Wigan Wheelers Cycling Club was proposed by Mr Baxter at a meeting with a group of friends, Mr Brogan, Mr Kay and Mr Atherton, in 1919. Membership was to cost 2/6.

It was at this meeting that the first 25-mile time trial was agreed for October 1919, open to cyclists who lived within seven miles of Wigan.

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The club still holds club 10s every Wednesday between April and September, as well as four North District Open events throughout the year.

The club’s longest standing members remember the post-war era, where membership peaked at around the 200 mark.

The late 1940s club runs were all-day affairs — a ride to Formby on the coast for a dip in the sea and back was 45 miles, which may not seem far, but these were usually on a 69-inch fixed gear, (42t chainring/16t sprocket) over cobbled roads and tramlines — getting back way past 10pm was not unusual.

Achievements

■ Alan Danson represented Great Britain on the track in the men’s 1,000 metres time trial at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where he finished in fifth place.

■ Wigan-born Dave Cockram and Dave Broadbent both joined Wigan Wheelers in the 1960s, collecting impressive sets of race results between them, before eventually turning professional, Cockram for Partingtons-Lusso and Broadbent for Carlton-Weinmann. Sadly Broadbent was involved in a tragic accident at the Newport crit race, and died on the June 18 1979.

■ Previous members include Richard Handley, 2008 national junior 25-mile champion, and Chris Lawless, 2013 national junior 10-mile time trial champion, professional rider for American-based Axeon-Hagens Berman, Tao Geoghegan Hart’s team before joining Team Sky.


Wigan Wheelers CC Club Run

Ride highlights: 47 miles

1 Warburton Toll Bridge

The 110-year-old wrought iron cantilever bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal is an impressive industrial structure, even if your legs suffer a little getting up and over it.

2 Dunham Town

Intrinsically linked and just a stone’s throw away from Dunham Massey, this picturesque town is steeped in history, with houses dating back to the 17th century. Well worth a visit.

3 Tatton Park

A 1,000-acre ancient deer park that was the finishing location to stage three of last year’s Tour of Britain. Entry to the park is free to cyclists and pedestrians.

Favourite cafe

The Lavender Barn Tea Room, situated in the beautiful Dunham Town, has lots of space both in and outdoors and serves home-made hot and cold food with a huge drinks menu.

Lavender Barn Tea Room, Dog Farm School Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4TR

www.lavenderbarntearoom.com


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Luke Rowe column: ‘I’m not going to let numbers rule my career’

Team Sky’s Luke Rowe writes about his opinion on the use of power meters in racing and for training in his latest column

Welshman Luke Rowe is Team Sky’s Classics specialist and often the team’s road captain, and he writes exclusively each week for Cycling Weekly. He’s also a huge Cardiff Devils ice hockey fan

The first power meter I ever had was when I joined Team Sky; before that when I was an amateur I never used one, I never used a heart-rate monitor either, I just rode on how I felt.

In racing I don’t think power meters have really got much of a use, but in training there’s quite a strong advantage to using one — they’re a massive benefit. When you’re fatigued and you’ve got to do a certain effort to sustain certain wattage, if you didn’t have one you’d ride under or over because you’d ride on feel not on numbers.

In racing you might as well take it off my bike — I never look at it! I use the Garmin head unit in a race for the maps so I know exactly what’s coming up and also have the distance, but that’s pretty much all.

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I like to feel it, if I’m going up a climb you know how hard you’re working because how much your legs are hurting, how hard you’re breathing, how much you’re sweating. I don’t want to lose those sensations of riding a bike and racing a bike, it’s a nice feeling to go out and be at one with the bike and know what to expect of your body. I’m not going to let numbers rule my career.

Within the team I’m the one who relies on power meters less in races, but I do think it’s been overhyped about how Sky rely on power. When you see us in a line controlling a race we never say, “400 watts,” we say, “Ride at a solid pace.” If someone attacks we say, “Up it a bit,” not, “Increase it by 30 watts.”

Certainly for the Classics I’m not going to hit the Kwaremont and look to hold certain wattage.

In general people are getting more and more absorbed by figures. I’ll finish a race and go on a local ride and someone will say: “You looked strong there, what watts were you doing?” and I’ll say, “I haven’t got a bloody, clue mate.”

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Sometimes I’ll go back to that old-school type of riding — I turn my cranks off, leave my Garmin at home and just ride my bike. I know I’ve roughly been out of the house for four or five hours, and I know when I hit a climb I’ve gone pretty hard.


I don’t think it can be underestimated.


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Breeja Larson Among Winners at Night One of Four Corners Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 Speedo Sectionals in Four Corners kicked off with a wide variety of teams picking up wins for their teams.

Michael Zarian of Jeffco Hurricanes claiming two individual wins. Jeffco Hurricanes leapt to the top of the team scores with a 212, the only team above the 200 mark.

Foothill’s Kylie Andrews turned in the top time in the women’s 100 free with a 49.92 finish. Pikes Peak Athletic’s Meredith Rees added a 50.18 to finish second, while ASP’s Kennedy Quist was third overall with a 50.66.

Pikes Peak Athletic’s Daniel Carr turned in the top time in the men’s 100 free with a 44.03 finish. University of Denver Hilltoppe’s Keegan Bundy grabbed second with a 45.24, followed by Colorado Springs’ Kyle Leach and his time of 45.56.

Olympian Breeja Larson, swimming unattached, swam well ahead of the competition in the women’s 200 breast. Larson touched the wall with a final time of 2:06.66, finishing close to ten seconds ahead of the competition. Lobo Aquatic’s Lauren Burckel finished second overall with a 2:16.50, just ahead of Pitchfork’s Katie McBratney’s 2:17.43.

Michael Zarian of Jeffco Hurricanes took the men’s title in the 200 breast with a top time of 2:01.48, shaving 2.03 seconds off his prelims time of 2:03.51. Wasatch’s Bodee Dunn took second overall with a 2:02.83, followed by Pitchfork’s Aaron Beauchamp and his 2:03.13.

Zarian later added a victory in the men’s 200 fly with a 1:45.22, again shaving more than two seconds off his prelims time. Brooks Fail of Tucson Ford Aquatics finished second with a time of 1:46.97, while University of Denver Hilltoppe’s Seth Hendrix took third with a 1:48.27.

Wasatch’s Ryan White and Highlands Ranch’s Natalie Arky held a tight race in the final of the women’s 200 back, finishing .05 seconds apart. White took the title with a final time of 1:57.19, while Arky settled for second with a 1:57.24. Foothill’s Kylie Andrews finished third overall with a 1:59.00.

Daniel Carr of Pikes Peak Athletics swam away from the competition in the men’s 200 back final. Carr, who led a heat of teenagers, touched with a 1:42.71, shaving 2.48 seconds off his prelims time of 1:45.35. 15-year-old Gavin Olson of Foothills grabbed second with a 1:45.30, while Tucson Ford Aquatics’ Brooks Fail was a close third with a 1:45.49.

Highland Ranch’s Alex Reddington claimed the win in the women’s 200 fly with a 1:58.21, posting the only sub-two minute swim of the night. Flatiron Athletic’s Mikayla Seigal finished second overall with a 2:01.92, followed by RallySport Aquatic’s Brittney Beetcher’s 2:02.25.

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After Day Two at NCAA Championships, Greg Meehan Understandably Fired Up

Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

By David Rieder.

When Katie Ledecky arrived at Stanford just over six months ago, Greg Meehan was tasked with improving a swimmer who had just completed one of the most impressive performances in Olympic history.

To do that, he put Ledecky back in the pool with Megan Byrnes and Leah Stevens. Meehan’s tactics worked for his superstar—she has now thrice broken the American record in the 500 free, going to an unthinkable mark of 4:24.06—and also made an impact on Byrnes and Stevens, who finished ninth and 11th in the event, respectively.

“We hadn’t scored a point in the 500 in the last four years, and today we scored 35,” Meehan said. “That’s a product of them working together and the way we train. That was pretty fun to see collectively. For Megan to go 4:37 and for Leah to go 4:39 and to go first and third in that consolation heat, it was a pretty cool moment for our team.”

Meehan admitted that one of his favorite moments on the day came in the morning prelims, when Byrnes swam the 500 free in lane one. Clearly in her line of sight, Meehan and associate head coach Tracy Duchac were jumping and waving wildly as the freshman stroked by on her way to a best time.

After three victories during the day two finals session, the Cardinal has built a 77-point lead over Cal in the team race, and Byrnes has been among those riding the wave of that success.

“They’re a really close group, and they’re passionate about what they do,” Meehan said. “We’ve been on this path over the past five years, and even though she’s a freshman, she feels that. She feels that process, that trajectory the same way Lia Neal does as a senior.”

But as for some of his other freshman, Meehan figured that the emotions of the team race and the meet itself drained those unprepared for what to expect. Among Stanford’s other first-timers, Katie Drabot finished 28th in the 500 free, and Allie Szekely faded to eighth in her heat of the 200 IM, ending up 46th overall. Erin Voss also added four seconds in her 500 free.

“Allie and Erin and Katie Drabot, they’re so damn nervous. They’re spending a lot of energy trying to keep themselves calm, and the reason they get to that point is because they care so much,” Meehan said.

He’s Just as engaged with his team’s mission, but Meehan won’t get nervous this time—after all, it’s his fifth NCAA championships as a head coach. He insisted that he was not tired but instead seemed energized for what’s to come.

His swimmers enter day three as the heavy favorites in both the 400 IM (Ella Eastin) and 200 free (Ledecky and Simone Manuel), while Ally Howe will defend her American record in the 100 back.

Stanford has not won a women’s team championship since 1998, but the latest projections show the Cardinal finishing on top of the team race by almost 200 points. The meet is far from over, but Meehan seemed keenly aware of the circumstances his team finds itself in.

“We’ve worked really hard to put ourselves in this position, and we’re going to really enjoy every step along the way.”

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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2017 NCAA Division III National Championships: Evan Holder Gets First National Title, D-3 NCAA Record

Photo Courtesy: James B Coon, JHU Athletics

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The 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships have finally arrived! Swimming World will be providing live recaps for all sessions of the meet taking place in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18. All prelims sessions begin at 11:00 am EST and all finals sessions begin at 7:00 pm EST.

You can find our individual predictions for the women’s meet here and the men’s predictions are available as well. The Emory women will look to extend their lead tonight while Williams will try to hold off the Kenyon Ladies. On the men’s side, Emory’s relays will play a big role as Kenyon has four more individual entries tonight than the Eagles. Stay updated throughout the meet via our 2016-17 Division III Landing Page and live results.

Heat sheets for tonight’s finals can be found here.

Men’s 200 Free

NCAA Record: 1:36.63 – Dennis Mulvihill, Kenyon (1988)
2016 Champion1:36.87 – Thomas Thetford, Washington & Lee

After three runner-up finishes at last year’s NCAA Championships, Johns Hopkins’ Evan Holder can finally call himself an individual NCAA Champion…and the fastest 200 freestyler in D-3 history at that.

His swim of 1:36.42 was good enough to break the D-3 NCAA record set 29 years ago by Dennis Mulvihill of Kenyon. Despite being behind for the first 150, Holder was actually out three tenths faster than he was this morning, making the ultimate difference in his record-breaking swim.

Keene State’s Ryan Boraski was first to the 150, but finished third in 1:37.10. Boraski also placed third in last night’s 50 freestyle and will compete in the 100 free on Sunday. If his initial speed here is any indication of how the 100 will go, keep an eye on Boraski come Sunday night.

Taking runner-up honors this time around was Emory’s Thomas Gordon who swam to a best of 1:37.08, nearly four seconds faster than his entry time coming into the meet. Teammate Christian Baker placed seventh in this event, earning 29 combined points for the Eagles. Kenyon earned 15 points from Arthur Conover‘s fourth place finish and Robert Williams‘ eleventh place race. This extended the Eagles’ lead to 19.5 points headed into the 400 medley relay.

NYU’s Alexander Katz and Johns Hopkins’ Andy Greenhalgh touched out Williams in the consolation final swimming 1:37.72 and and 1:38.73, respectively.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Holder, Evan           SR Johns Hopkins     1:36.67    1:36.42   20  
                 22.41        46.81 (24.40)
        1:11.62 (24.81)     1:36.42 (24.80)
  2 Gordon, Thomas         SO Emory             1:38.06    1:37.08   17  
                 22.63        47.23 (24.60)
        1:12.08 (24.85)     1:37.08 (25.00)
  3 Boraski, Ryan          SR Keene St.         1:37.32    1:37.10   16  
                 21.65        46.39 (24.74)
        1:11.57 (25.18)     1:37.10 (25.53)
  4 Conover, Arthur        SR Kenyon            1:37.93    1:37.12   15  
                 22.98        47.78 (24.80)
        1:12.52 (24.74)     1:37.12 (24.60)
  5 Sarier, Karl           SO Bowdoin           1:38.49    1:37.78   14  
                 23.30        48.34 (25.04)
        1:13.48 (25.14)     1:37.78 (24.30)
  6 Dauksher, Walt         SO Denison           1:37.96    1:38.01   13  
                 23.39        48.23 (24.84)
        1:12.98 (24.75)     1:38.01 (25.03)
  7 Baker, Christian       SR Emory             1:38.16    1:38.58   12  
                 23.18        48.29 (25.11)
        1:13.43 (25.14)     1:38.58 (25.15)
  8 Wohl, Michael          SO Johns Hopkins     1:38.34    1:42.03   11  
                 23.15        48.81 (25.66)
        1:15.30 (26.49)     1:42.03 (26.73)

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2017 NCAA Division III National Championships: Emory Goes One-Two in 200 Freestyle

Photo Courtesy: Hayley Good

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The 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships have finally arrived! Swimming World will be providing live recaps for all sessions of the meet taking place in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18. All prelims sessions begin at 11:00 am EST and all finals sessions begin at 7:00 pm EST.

You can find our individual predictions for the women’s meet here and the men’s predictions are available as well. The Emory women will look to extend their lead tonight while Williams will try to hold off the Kenyon Ladies. On the men’s side, Emory’s relays will play a big role as Kenyon has four more individual entries tonight than the Eagles. Stay updated throughout the meet via our 2016-17 Division III Landing Page and live results.

Heat sheets for tonight’s finals can be found here.

Women’s 200 Free

NCAA Record: 1:44.82 – Kendra Stern, Amherst (2011)
2016 Champion: 1:48.88 – Julia Wawer, Emory

The Eagles took full advantage of their three swimmers in tonight’s A final with first, second and fifth place finishes. Cindy Cheng took top honors in 1:46.82 followed by Fiona Muir in 1:47.78. Both women went out fast and had no problem securing the win as the race went on.

Kenyon duo Hannah Orbach-Mandel and Abby Wilson each raced to top finishes as Orbach-Mandel took third in 1:48.83 and Wilson touched fourth in 1:48.89. It was a great last 50 for Orbach-Mandel to give her the edge; her 27.60 split was the fastest of anyone in the field.

Kenyon’s Delaney Ambrosen cracked the 1:50 barrier tonight by racing to a 1:49.88 claiming the consolation final. Chicago’s Alison Wall also dipped under for the first time finishing next in 1:49.97. In an attempt to make a move on the final 75, Wall slightly ran out of room to catch Ambrosen.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Cheng, Cindy           JR Emory             1:48.25    1:46.82   20  
                 24.93        51.68 (26.75)
        1:18.95 (27.27)     1:46.82 (27.87)
  2 Muir, Fiona            SO Emory             1:47.73    1:47.78   17  
                 24.87        52.10 (27.23)
        1:19.75 (27.65)     1:47.78 (28.03)
  3 Orbach-Mandel, Hannah  SO Kenyon            1:49.90    1:48.83   16  
                 25.92        53.63 (27.71)
        1:21.23 (27.60)     1:48.83 (27.60)
  4 Wilson, Abby           SO Kenyon            1:48.30    1:48.89   15  
                 25.17        52.40 (27.23)
        1:20.11 (27.71)     1:48.89 (28.78)
  5 Wawer, Julia           JR Emory             1:50.34    1:49.26   14  
                 25.43        52.96 (27.53)
        1:21.43 (28.47)     1:49.26 (27.83)
  6 Zanolli, Nicole        JR Wash U. MO        1:49.32    1:49.49   13  
                 25.86        53.35 (27.49)
        1:21.04 (27.69)     1:49.49 (28.45)
  7 Jones, Lauren          SR Williams          1:49.81    1:49.90   12  
                 25.59        53.33 (27.74)
        1:21.29 (27.96)     1:49.90 (28.61)
  8 Costley, Campbell      SR Denison           1:50.40    1:51.51   11  
                 25.91        53.80 (27.89)
        1:22.53 (28.73)     1:51.51 (28.98)

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Matthew Fitzpatrick tied for lead after first round

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Arnold Palmer Invitational first-round leaderboard:
-5 E Grillo (Arg), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -4 L Glover (US), P Casey (Eng), C Hoffman (US); -3 G Chalmers (Aus), R Ruffels (Aus)
Selected others:-2 J Day (Aus); -1 J Rose (Eng); Lev I Poulter (Eng), G McDowell (NI); +2 R McIlroy (NI)
Full leaderboard (external site)

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick carded a first-round 67 to take a share of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 22-year-old, ranked 30th in the world, birdied three of his last nine holes to end the day on five under par.

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo had earlier recovered from two early bogeys to reel off seven birdies in cold conditions to set the clubhouse lead at Bay Hill.

He and Fitzpatrick are one clear of England’s Paul Casey, while Rory McIlroy opened with a two-over 74.

The Northern Irishman bogeyed three holes on his back nine, including the 18th, and hit a double bogey on the 11th.

World number two Jason Day made a solid start to the defence of his title with a two-under opening round of 70, as the early players began in near freezing temperatures.

Jason Day

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is being held for the first time since Palmer died last September at the age of 87.

His grandson, PGA Tour player Sam Saunders, finished the opening day on two over par.

World number one Dustin Johnson and fellow major winners Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott are absent, while Masters champion Danny Willett withdrew on Thursday because of illness.

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Alison Gibson Wins 1m Dive Title For Texas

Texas’ Alison Gibson won the 1m diving title for the first time in her career and won Texas’ first diving title since Nicole Pohorenec won the platform event in 2004. It is also the first 1m title for Texas since 1998 when Vera Ilyina won back to back titles in 97 and 98.

The Texas freshman won the competition ahead of last year’s diver of the year in Sharae Zhang of Nevada and Olympian Kassidy Cook of Stanford. Gibson scored 332.60 to win.

Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon (326.50), Cal’s Maria Polyakov (325.80), Minnesota’s Yu Zhou (317.95), LSU’s Elizabeth Cui (315.35), Nevada’s Zhang (315.00), Miami’s Pei Lin (312.00) and Stanford’s Cook (305.65) rounded out the A-Final.

 Event 6  Women 1 mtr Diving
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         NCAA: N 361.55  3/2007    Cassidy Krug, Stanford
         Meet: C 361.55  3/2007    Cassidy Krug, Stanford
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Alison Gibson    FR Texas              287.45     332.60   166   20  
  2 Sarah Bacon      FR Minnesota          292.40     326.50   164   17  
  3 Maria Polyakova  JR UCLA               301.90     325.80   164   16  
  4 YU Zhou          SR Minnesota          307.70     317.95   161   15  
  5 Elizabeth Cui    SO LSU                292.05     315.35   160   14  
  6 Sharae Zheng        NEV                316.70     315.00   160   13  
  7 Pei Lin          SR Miami (OH)         296.30     312.00   159   12  
  8 Kassidy Cook     FR Stanford           308.95     305.65   157   11

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2017 NCAA Division III National Championships: Emory Breaks D-3 NCAA Record in 200 Free Relay

The 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships have finally arrived! Swimming World will be providing live recaps for all sessions of the meet taking place in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18. All prelims sessions begin at 11:00 am EST and all finals sessions begin at 7:00 pm EST.

You can find our individual predictions for the women’s meet here and the men’s predictions are available as well. The Emory women will look to extend their lead tonight while Williams will try to hold off the Kenyon Ladies. On the men’s side, Emory’s relays will play a big role as Kenyon has four more individual entries tonight than the Eagles. Stay updated throughout the meet via our 2016-17 Division III Landing Page and live results.

Women’s 200 Free Relay

NCAA Record: 1:31.42 – Muir, Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Taylor, Bergh (Emory-2016)
2016 Champion: 1:31.42 – Muir, Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Taylor, Bergh (Emory)

The Emory team of Fiona Muir, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Megan Taylor and Marissa Bergh got right to business tonight by breaking the Division III NCAA record in 1:30.52. Their respective splits were as follows: 22.86, 22.27, 22.63 and 22.76. Sanchez-Aizcorbe is having a fast day of competition and will be competing in the 100 fly and 400 medley relay later on.

Williams took runner-up honors in 1:32.90 scoring big points for the Ephs. 50 freestyle champion Emma Waddell led off the relay in 22.73. The Denison Big Red were third in 1:33.74.

Calvin won the consolation with a great anchor leg of 22.77 from Abby VanHarn. She teamed up with Emily Gunderson, Anna Kutschke and Rachel Mattson to take ninth place overall. Wheaton (IL) was a close tenth in 1:34.40 and Bates took eleventh in 1:34.43.

St. Thomas was disqualified from the championship final.

                            === Championship Final ===                            
 
  1 Emory                               1:32.44    1:30.52   40  
     1) Muir, Fiona SO                2) Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Marcela SR 
     3) Taylor, Megan SO              4) Bergh, Marissa SR            
                 22.86        45.13 (22.27)
        1:07.76 (22.63)     1:30.52 (22.76)
  2 Williams                            1:33.44    1:32.90   34  
     1) Waddell, Emma JR              2) Smith, Delaney JR            
     3) Jackson, Olivia SR            4) Jones, Lauren SR             
                 22.73        46.36 (23.63)
        1:09.71 (23.35)     1:32.90 (23.19)
  3 Denison                             1:33.74    1:33.59   32  
     1) Nutter, Gabriella FR          2) Kane, Carolyn SR             
     3) Kirby, Casey FR               4) Kustritz, KT FR              
                 23.79        46.76 (22.97)
        1:10.25 (23.49)     1:33.59 (23.34)
  4 Kenyon                              1:34.04    1:33.80   30  
     1) Toscos, Zoe FR                2) Duncan, Laura SR             
     3) Orbach-Mandel, Hannah SO      4) Wilson, Abby SO              
                 24.12        47.81 (23.69)
        1:10.83 (23.02)     1:33.80 (22.97)
  5 MIT                                 1:33.65    1:33.83   28  
     1) Jedryka, Veronika SR          2) Staszel, Lilia FR            
     3) Chen, Jessica JR              4) Wu, Priscilla FR             
                 23.38        47.20 (23.82)
        1:10.60 (23.40)     1:33.83 (23.23)
  6 Johns Hopkins                       1:34.32    1:33.89   26  
     1) Wisniewski, Anna JR           2) Jones, Kaitlin JR            
     3) Shapiro, Alison FR            4) Petersen, Kristen FR         
                 23.96        47.23 (23.27)
        1:10.62 (23.39)     1:33.89 (23.27)
  7 Wash U. MO                          1:34.22    1:34.31   24  
     1) Collins, MariMac SR           2) Sapp, Lauren SO              
     3) Carlos, Lauren SR             4) Seidner, Mollie FR           
                 23.80        47.40 (23.60)
        1:10.72 (23.32)     1:34.31 (23.59)
 -- St. Thomas                          1:33.90         DQ  
     1) Molitor, Tiana JR             2) Paulson, Emma SR             
     3) Strauss, Katelyn SO           4) Howard, Alexandra SO         
                 24.32        46.81 (22.49)
        1:10.62 (23.81)          DQ (23.76)

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2017 NCAA Women’s Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

The second night of competition will begin tonight from Indianapolis, Indiana at the legendary IU Natatorium. There will be five finals in the swimming pool along with finals of the 1m diving event.

Stanford is the top seed in the 200 free relay after setting the American Record this morning, but will be getting pressure from California and Georgia. Cal left out A-finalists Abbey Weitzeil and Maddie Murphy this morning and should give serious pressure to the Cardinal if those two are on the relay tonight. Georgia also has finalists Olivia Smoliga and Chantal Van Landeghem swimming for them.

Event 2  Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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        NCAA:  1:26.20  3/19/2009   Arizona                                    
                        L Jackson, L Kelly, J Schluntz, T Baughman        
        Meet:  1:26.20  3/19/2009   Arizona                                    
                        L Jackson, L Kelly, J Schluntz, T Baughman        
    American:  1:26.20  3/19/2009   Arizona                                    
                        L Jackson, L Kelly, J Schluntz, T Baughman        
   U.S. Open:  1:26.20  3/19/2009   Arizona                                    
                        L Jackson, L Kelly, J Schluntz, T Baughman        
        Pool:  1:27.14              Tennessee                                  
               1:28.98  A AUTO
               1:29.75  B CONS
     School
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  1  Stanford                                                   1:26.15        
  2  California                                                 1:26.67        
  3  Georgia                                                    1:26.90        
  4  NC State                                                   1:27.32        
  5  Auburn                                                     1:27.51        
  6  Louisville                                                 1:27.65        
  7  Arizona                                                    1:27.88        
  8  Wisconsin                                                  1:27.88

Katie Ledecky is the top seed in the 500 free A-final as she will duel with the Olympic bronze medalist Leah Smith of Virginia. It is pretty wide open behind those two, but keep your eye on Louisville’s Mallory Comerford as she has had the fastest split in all three of the relays at this meet so far.

Event 3  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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        NCAA:  4:25.15  2/23/2017   Katie Ledecky, Stanford                    
        Meet:  4:25.15  3/16/2017   Katie Ledecky, Stanford                    
    American:  4:25.15  2/23/2017   Katie Ledecky, Stanford                    
   U.S. Open:  4:25.15  2/23/2017   Katie Ledecky, Stanford                    
        Pool:  4:25.15  3/15/2017   Katie Ledecky, Stanford                    
               4:36.30  A AUTO
               4:47.79  B CONS
     Name                        Year School
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  1  Katie Ledecky                 FR Stanford                  4:28.37        
  2  Leah Smith                    SR Virginia                  4:31.10        
  3  G Ryan                        JR Michigan                  4:36.46        
  4  Mallory Comerford             SO Louisville                4:36.91        
  5  Hannah Moore                  JR NC STATE                  4:37.12        
  6  Rose Bi                       SO Michigan                  4:37.81        
  7  Danielle Valley               SR Wisconsin                 4:38.07        
  8  Kennedy Goss                  JR Indiana                   4:38.09

The race of the night could be the 200 IM with top seed Madisyn Cox of Texas looking for Texas’ first championship in this event since 1987. There are a plethora of girls that could very well win the title with defending champion and American Record holder Ella Eastin of Stanford seeded fourth. Sydney Pickrem, Bethany Galat and Kathleen Baker also all have a chance and it will be a nail biter of a race.

Event 4  Women 200 Yard IM
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        NCAA:  1:51.65  3/17/2016   Ella Eastin, Stanford                      
        Meet:  1:51.65  3/17/2016   Ella Eastin, Stanford                      
    American:  1:51.65  3/17/2016   Ella Eastin, Stanford                      
   U.S. Open:  1:51.65  3/17/2016   Ella Eastin, Stanford                      
        Pool:  1:53.39              Caitlin Leverenz, California               
               1:55.35  A AUTO
               2:01.59  B CONS
     Name                        Year School
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  1  Madisyn Cox                   SR Texas                     1:53.38        
  2  Sydney Pickrem                SO Texas A&M                 1:53.69        
  3  Bethany Galat                 JR Texas A&M                 1:54.20        
  4  Ella Eastin                   SO Stanford                  1:54.55        
  5  Kathleen Baker                SO California                1:54.61        
  6  Louise Hansson                FR Southern Cali             1:55.01        
  7  Alexia Zevnik                 SR NC STATE                  1:55.30        
  8  Asia Seidt                    FR Kentucky                  1:55.59

The 50 free will have Liz Li of Ohio State looking for its second title in the pool in school history. Defending champion and NCAA record holder Olivia Smoliga is second and American record holder Abbey Weitzeil is seeded fourth. The Olympic silver medalist, Simone Manuel, is seeded third so it is a star studded field and all eyes will be on the middle of the pool in the race that will last less than 22 seconds.

Event 5  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
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        NCAA:  21.21  3/17/2016   Olivia Smoliga, Georgia                      
        Meet:  21.21  3/17/2016   Olivia Smoliga, Georgia                      
    American:  21.12  3/5/2016    Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatics             
   U.S. Open:  21.12  3/5/2016    Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatics             
        Pool:  21.52  3/16/2017   Liz Li, Ohio State                           
               21.80  A AUTO
               22.99  B CONS
     Name                        Year School
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  1  Liz Li                        JR Ohio St                     21.52        
  2  Olivia Smoliga                SR Georgia                     21.56        
  3  Simone Manuel                 SO Stanford                    21.57        
  4  Abbey Weitzeil                FR California                  21.62        
  5  Caroline Baldwin              JR UNC                         21.80        
  6  Chantal Van Landeghem         SR Georgia                     21.81        
  7  Farida Osman                  SR California                  21.83        
  8  Maddie Murphy                 FR California                  21.84

The 400 medley relay will conclude action on Thursday night from the Nat as California is the top seed from this morning. It will be a back and forth race with Cal, Georgia, Louisville, Texas A&M and Stanford all in line for a chance at the win. Stanford has won the relay three years in a row and don’t count them out for a four-peat.

Event 7  Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
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        NCAA:  3:26.14  3/17/2016   Stanford                                   
                        A Howe, S Haase, J Hu, L Neal                     
        Meet:  3:26.14  3/17/2016   Stanford                                   
                        A Howe, S Haase, J Hu, L Neal                     
    American:  3:25.60  11/12/2016  USA                                        
                        A Deloof, A Cottrell, K Worrell, A Weir           
   U.S. Open:  3:25.60  11/12/2016  USA                                        
                        A Deloof, A Cottrell, K Worrell, A Weir           
        Pool:  3:25.60  11/12/2016  USA                                        
                        A Deloof, A Cottrell, K Worrell, A Weir           
               3:33.40  A AUTO
               3:34.96  B CONS
     School
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  1  California                                                 3:27.97        
  2  Georgia                                                    3:28.00        
  3  Louisville                                                 3:28.24        
  4  Texas A&M                                                  3:28.26        
  5  Stanford                                                   3:29.14        
  6  Texas                                                      3:29.50        
  7  Southern Cali                                              3:29.77        
  8  Indiana                                                    3:30.18

Make sure to refresh the page as the night goes on to see the action unfold live.

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