Women's 200 Free Relay Earns All-America Honors; Engineers Fifth After Day Two At NCAA Championship

Freshman Priscilla Wu
Freshman Priscilla Wu

 THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 5th - 87 points - After Day Two

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: The 200-free relay team comprised of senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), freshman Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.), junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and freshman Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned All-America honors with their fifth place finish in the night's first event as MIT is in fifth place (87 points) midway through the NCAA Division III National Championship.

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- The quartet of Jedryka, Staszel, Chen and P. Wu got things started on the right foot tonight as their time of 1:33.83 and fifth place finish in the 200-medley relay were good enough for All-America honors. The four Engineers teamed up this morning for third place in their heat of prelims in 1:33.65. Tonight marked the first time that Staszel and P. Wu have been on the podium in their collegiate careers, while it was the fourth straight year that Jedryka has scored points for MIT in the event at nationals.

- Freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) as well as the 400-medley relay team also gained Honorable Mention All-America accolades tonight. Pan notched a time of 4:27.54 - just 0.04-seconds shy of her own school record - for 12th place in the 400-IM, while Chen and Jedryka teamed up with sophomore Catherine Wu (Pearland, Texas) and freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) for 10th place in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:47.85. Pan knocked 1.44-seconds off her time from prelims this morning to earn her first collegiate Honorable Mention All-America honor, while the 400-medley relay team took 1.12-seconds off their time aiding them to their outstanding finish.

- Pan was joined by sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) and Holman in the 400-IM during prelims as Holman placed 29th in a collegiate-best time of 4:34.90 *(swam a 4:30.04 during time trials at the NEWMAC Championship) and Chambers took 30th in 4:35.38. Additionally, freshman Kelly Craig (Valparaiso, Ind.) took 39th in the 200-free prelims this morning with a time of 1:53.94.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow for prelims at 11:00 a.m. EST as the Engineers have entries in the 200-fly, 100-back, 100-breast, 800-free relay and the 1-meter dive. Finals for all events will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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